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'Like a demon in a medieval book': is this how the marsupial lion killed prey? - The Guardian

Fri, 2014-04-04 07:38

The Guardian

'Like a demon in a medieval book': is this how the marsupial lion killed prey?
The Guardian
Trees which can coppice and hedge, understorey trees (box, yew, holly) which – though they carry less weight and are subject to lower shear forces from the wind – are stronger and tougher than the big canopy trees. The black and white reticulations of ...

Ancient African Cattle First Domesticated in Middle East, Missouri Study Reveals - AgWeb

Thu, 2014-04-03 17:03

Ancient African Cattle First Domesticated in Middle East, Missouri Study Reveals
AgWeb
Lead researcher Jared Decker, an assistant professor of animal science in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, says the genetics of these African cattle breeds are similar to those of cattle first domesticated in the Middle East ...

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Rapidly Mutating Wheat Stem Rust Keeps Scientists On Their Toes - AllAfrica.com

Thu, 2014-04-03 15:03

Rapidly Mutating Wheat Stem Rust Keeps Scientists On Their Toes
AllAfrica.com
Johannesburg — Outbreaks of a deadly fungal disease in wheat crops in Germany and Ethiopia in 2013 have had the scientific community buzzing over the threat posed to global food security. ... "the occurrence of stem rust was favoured by a period of ...

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Animal Planet Details First Dive Into Scripted Programming With 'Moby Dick ... - Deadline.com

Thu, 2014-04-03 13:52

Animal Planet Details First Dive Into Scripted Programming With 'Moby Dick ...
Deadline.com
Animal Planet's large predator expert Dave Salmoni is no stranger to adventure. Having trekked the globe to study predators and their unique environments, Salmoni combines his hands-on experiences in his new landmark series, DEADLY ISLANDS.

Jane Goodall discusses plants, peace and plagiarism - Mother Nature Network (blog)

Thu, 2014-04-03 13:06

Mother Nature Network (blog)

Jane Goodall discusses plants, peace and plagiarism
Mother Nature Network (blog)
Jane Goodall celebrates her 80th birthday on April 3, yet another feat for one of the most beloved scientists alive. Not only has she changed how we look at both chimpanzees and ourselves, but she has helped humanize science. It wasn't some prosaic old ...

Last chance to see: Disappearing glaciers in the 'Mountains of the Moon' - CNN

Thu, 2014-04-03 12:45

CNN

Last chance to see: Disappearing glaciers in the 'Mountains of the Moon'
CNN
(CNN) -- Africa is not a continent one immediately associates with ice. Historically, however, there have been three mountains that, until recently, could proudly boast some of the world's most majestic glaciers: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount ...

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Live from Perth, Clive Palmer and Ross Garnaut - ABC Online

Thu, 2014-04-03 12:43

ABC Online

Live from Perth, Clive Palmer and Ross Garnaut
ABC Online
The United States reducing emissions by 17 per cent by 2020 from 2005 levels, China reducing intensity - carbon intensity of production by 40 to 45 per cent over the same time period, Europe doing a great deal, Japan, Korea, Brazil, South Africa. So ...

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When I met Jane Goodall, she hugged me like a chimp - The Guardian

Thu, 2014-04-03 11:03

The Guardian

When I met Jane Goodall, she hugged me like a chimp
The Guardian
In the intervening years, her research on a community of chimpanzees in Tanzania revolutionised our understanding of these primates, our closest living relatives, and challenged deepset ideas of what it means to be human. She then packed in her ...
Jane Goodall Turning 80 [Video]Guardian Liberty Voice
Happy Birthday, Jane GoodallNBCNews.com
Goodall to speak at DominicanMarinscope Community Newspapers

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Extinct Barbary Lions of Africa Could be Back to Life Soon - International Business Times UK

Thu, 2014-04-03 10:18

International Business Times UK

Extinct Barbary Lions of Africa Could be Back to Life Soon
International Business Times UK
Scientists described the DNA sequencing as "noteworthy" as Indian lions showed incredibly close relationships with the Iranian and the Barbary lion populations of North Africa despite being geographically distant. According to the research, the ...
Modern day lion's ancestor lived 124000 years agoZee News

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Sanofi eyes more acquisitions, sees growth in Africa - MSN Money

Wed, 2014-04-02 19:32

Sanofi eyes more acquisitions, sees growth in Africa
MSN Money
PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi is on the lookout for acquisitions to boost key business units, such as consumer and animal health products, and expects strong growth in the "strategic continent" of Africa, its chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday ...

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Stripes could protect us from biting flies, scientists claim as they explain ... - Telegraph.co.uk

Wed, 2014-04-02 12:29

Telegraph.co.uk

Stripes could protect us from biting flies, scientists claim as they explain ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Varying explanations for zebra stripes, which have been proposed since Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin debated the problem 120 years ago, have included a form of camouflage, assisting escape from predators by visually confusing them, heat ...
Finally, Scientists Say They Have the Answer to One of Nature's Biggest QuestionsTheBlaze.com
Study Explains why Zebras Have StripesSci-News.com
Scientists Solve the Riddle of Zebras' StripesJewish Business News
Christian Science Monitor -Mother Nature Network -The Hindu
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Finally, Scientists Say They Have the Answer to One of Nature's Biggest Questions - TheBlaze.com

Wed, 2014-04-02 12:17

TheBlaze.com

Finally, Scientists Say They Have the Answer to One of Nature's Biggest Questions
TheBlaze.com
Though there have been enormous advances in scientific observations about nature over the years and many questions still remain, scientists think they can file one away as “answered.” It being: Why ... One might think the animal from the equine family ...
Stripes could protect us from biting flies, scientists claim as they explain ...Telegraph.co.uk
Why do zebras have stripes? New research offers answer. (+video)Christian Science Monitor
Why does the zebra have black and white stripesHindu Business Line
Biology News Net (press release) -Business Standard
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New insight into links among nitrogen, herbivores and plant biodiversity - Phys.Org

Wed, 2014-04-02 10:17

Phys.Org

New insight into links among nitrogen, herbivores and plant biodiversity
Phys.Org
A highly collaborative approach to gathering data spearheaded by Iowa State University faculty and students has revealed new insight into plant biodiversity and netted publication in a top scientific journal. The "Nutrient Network," a global grid of ...

AFRICAN HERDERS GET ISLAMIC COVERAGE - Daily Sabah

Wed, 2014-04-02 09:12

AFRICAN HERDERS GET ISLAMIC COVERAGE
Daily Sabah
Payments are assessed not according to deaths of individual animals as it would be impossible to provide proof, but according to an index drawn up by experts at the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), using satellites to ...

Swift action vital to avoid disaster - Independent Online

Wed, 2014-04-02 08:25

spyghana.com

Swift action vital to avoid disaster
Independent Online
Bob Scholes, systems ecologist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), said there was a need for early and aggressive action on climate change, rather than talk. “We like to think we're a smart species… plants and animals are not ...
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Talks State-Level Climate Change Solutions ...Huffington Post
Scientists fear a growing impact of global warmingspyghana.com
7 Species Hit Hard by Climate Change—Including One That's Already ExtinctNational Geographic
Global Warming (blog) -The Nation -Baltimore Sun
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Factbox - Ebola - Profile of a Killer - AllAfrica.com

Wed, 2014-04-02 07:09

Irish Independent

Factbox - Ebola - Profile of a Killer
AllAfrica.com
Ebola is suspected to have killed more than 70 people in Guinea in the last two months - the first fatal outbreak of the virus in West Africa. Below are some facts on one of the world's most lethal infectious diseases. Scientists first identified Ebola ...
Recent Ebola scare in CanadaAMERICAblog (blog)

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Cosmetic firms need a makeover to shine in sub-Saharan Africa - Independent Online

Wed, 2014-04-02 06:02

DigitalJournal.com

Cosmetic firms need a makeover to shine in sub-Saharan Africa
Independent Online
In addition to its plants in Kenya and South Africa, the group is looking at opening a facility in west Africa. For L'Oreal, research is crucial to its aim, including at a facility in South Africa, which “enables the group to evaluate formulas for the ...
It's worth it: Beauty firms chase Africa cosmetics boomGlobalPost

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Modern lions' origin revealed by genetic analysis - BBC News

Wed, 2014-04-02 00:23

BBC News

Modern lions' origin revealed by genetic analysis
BBC News
Details of the findings, which may aid the conservation of lions, are published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. Continue reading the main story ... The researchers compared these with genetic sequences drawn from other lions living in Asia ...
Modern day lion's ancestor lived 124000 years agoFree Press Journal

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Lemurs get their week in the Triangle, and a movie too - News & Observer

Tue, 2014-04-01 05:34

Durham Herald Sun

Lemurs get their week in the Triangle, and a movie too
News & Observer
“The Durham-Raleigh area ... is a very appropriate site to be doing that,” said Charlie Welch, conservation coordinator at the Lemur Center, which has the largest collection of lemurs and lemur species outside the animals' native Madagascar. “They make ...
From Madagascar to NC: Local lemurs star in IMAX filmDurham Herald Sun

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Insurance scheme gives hope to Africa's herders - eNCA

Tue, 2014-04-01 04:10

Insurance scheme gives hope to Africa's herders
eNCA
Payments are assessed not according to deaths of individual animals -- as it would be impossible to provide proof -- but according to an index drawn up by experts at the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Experts use ...