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Drought Pushes South Africa To Water, Energy, and Food Reckoning - Circle of Blue WaterNews

Tue, 2016-01-19 11:05

Circle of Blue WaterNews

Drought Pushes South Africa To Water, Energy, and Food Reckoning
Circle of Blue WaterNews
A study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the country's premier science group, found that much like China, the country's largest water consumers — mining, coal-fired power plants, agriculture, and cities — face big choices about ...

Tourism with bite: swimming with the great white shark - The Guardian (blog)

Tue, 2016-01-19 08:00

The Guardian (blog)

Tourism with bite: swimming with the great white shark
The Guardian (blog)
Among other things, I spent my doctoral years deploying data storage tags on juvenile sharks, examining diel and tidal rhythms and using acoustic tracking to determine use of home ranges and how these were affected by individual preference and predator ...

Africa: Bread Wheat Genome to Be Decoded By End of 2017 - AllAfrica.com

Tue, 2016-01-19 07:53

Africa: Bread Wheat Genome to Be Decoded By End of 2017
AllAfrica.com
Thanks to advances in whole genome sequencing technology, they expect to provide scientists across the world with a detailed and accurate bread wheat genome sequence by the end of 2017. Bread wheat ... The IWGSC says that identifying genetic ...

Warmer Indian Ocean could be 'ecological desert', scientists warn - Reuters

Tue, 2016-01-19 07:30

Reuters

Warmer Indian Ocean could be 'ecological desert', scientists warn
Reuters
"Rapid warming in the Indian Ocean is playing an important role in reducing phytoplankton up to 20 percent," said Roxy Mathew Koll, a scientist at the Centre for Climate Change Research at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune. Over six ...

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Heliospectra (publ) receives a grant of SEK 500000 - for the development of ... - GlobeNewswire (press release)

Tue, 2016-01-19 07:26

Heliospectra (publ) receives a grant of SEK 500000 - for the development of ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)
Heliospectra AB (publ), a world leader in intelligent lighting technology for plant research and greenhouse cultivation, has been awarded a grant from the Swedish Energy Agency totalling SEK 500,000. Until 31 August 2016, Heliospectra will ... The need ...

Enter the citizen scientists - Times LIVE

Mon, 2016-01-18 22:26

Times LIVE

Enter the citizen scientists
Times LIVE
More and more scientists are relying on the untrained eye of the public to make scientific discoveries. This is according to a study published ... The UCT animal demography unit curates various "virtual museums" - or atlases of photographs submitted by ...

Birds are going extinct: Entire species are hanging on by their wingtips - Salon

Mon, 2016-01-18 21:41

Salon

Birds are going extinct: Entire species are hanging on by their wingtips
Salon
They were predominantly found in woodlands along watercourses in otherwise treeless landscapes (so-called gallery forests) that were dominated by caraiba (trumpet) trees in which the birds nested. They usually fed on the fruits of two plant species ...

The Big Search to Find Out Where Dogs Come From - New York Times

Mon, 2016-01-18 16:56

New York Times

The Big Search to Find Out Where Dogs Come From
New York Times
Still, dogs and wolves interbreed easily and some scientists are not convinced that the two are even different species, a skepticism that reflects broader debates in science about how to define a species, and how much the category is a fact of nature ...

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Six West African Artists Mine the Material World - Hyperallergic

Mon, 2016-01-18 16:31

Hyperallergic

Six West African Artists Mine the Material World
Hyperallergic
The daunting task of somehow finding six particular artists to represent Africa fell to Yesomi Umolu, and the show is a sign-off on her work as guest curator for the MSU Broad, before taking up a new position as exhibitions director for the Reva and ...

Cargill looking to generate data on animal production in Turkey, Middle East ... - FeedNavigator.com

Mon, 2016-01-18 08:35

FeedNavigator.com

Cargill looking to generate data on animal production in Turkey, Middle East ...
FeedNavigator.com
The initial piece of the project will look at turning a working family farm into a dairy research and presentation center, said Guillaume Smeets, Middle East, Turkey and Africa regional director for Cargill's animal nutrition business. The project came ...

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Monday's best TV: Silent Witness; The Undateables; Nature's Wonderlands ... - The Guardian

Mon, 2016-01-18 06:09

The Guardian

Monday's best TV: Silent Witness; The Undateables; Nature's Wonderlands ...
The Guardian
Digging deep into the exotic local flora, fauna and geology with the help of some reassuringly laidback local scientists, he discovers volcano-proof silversword plants, weird-billed honeycreepers and some very hungry caterpillars. Graeme Virtue ...

Getting SMART About Biotechnology - Cleanleap

Mon, 2016-01-18 03:26

Cleanleap

Getting SMART About Biotechnology
Cleanleap
In fact, to GM or not to GM remains the Shakespearean conundrum a number of African countries still find themselves in. But is there a ... Using MAS, the genes of a plant with a desired trait such as drought resistance are identified through the plant ...

Kenya: Journal Explores Forces of Kenya's Creative Economy - AllAfrica.com

Sun, 2016-01-17 17:51

Kenya: Journal Explores Forces of Kenya's Creative Economy
AllAfrica.com
... the articles use accessible language, while pointing to the ripe areas for cutting-edge research. The articles are premised on the centrality of popular culture to Kenyan politics and income-generation, a topic that is rarely discussed in African ...

NASA/Curiosity Mission: "We're Missing Something Important About Mars ... - The Daily Galaxy (blog)

Sun, 2016-01-17 16:58

The Daily Galaxy (blog)

NASA/Curiosity Mission: "We're Missing Something Important About Mars ...
The Daily Galaxy (blog)
The mismatch between the predictions of Mars's ancient climate that arise from models developed by paleoclimatologists and indications of the planet's watery past, as interpreted by geologists, bears similarities to a century-old scientific conundrum ...

Ellis Island of the South - Christian Science Monitor

Sun, 2016-01-17 16:53

Christian Science Monitor

Ellis Island of the South
Christian Science Monitor
Indeed, since 1983, the town has accepted and helped resettle about 60,000 refugees – most from Africa and many of whom were Muslim. The locals' hospitality has turned the community into what is considered the most ethnically diverse square mile in the ...

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Animal rights activists protest outside African trophy hunting show - MetroNews Canada

Sat, 2016-01-16 20:06

MetroNews Canada

Animal rights activists protest outside African trophy hunting show
MetroNews Canada
African Events Canada has been “upfront about the nature of our show, and I have been open with the activists about trying to educate them about hunting in Africa,” Johnstone told the Canadian Press. “Without trophy hunting, locals would turn to ...

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Uganda close to passing GMO law - East African Business Week

Sat, 2016-01-16 18:23

East African Business Week

Uganda close to passing GMO law
East African Business Week
TOUCH IT: Kamayombi Buregyeya- Director of Crop Resources at Ministry of Agriculture (Center) and Dr. Imelda N. Kashaija (Right) the deputy Director General of NARO tour the maize confined field trial for GMO maize at Namulonge, a research station ...

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Africa's Richest Man Aliko Dangote Building Oil Refinery in Lagos to Resolve ... - Atlanta Black Star

Sat, 2016-01-16 17:19

Chicago Tribune

Africa's Richest Man Aliko Dangote Building Oil Refinery in Lagos to Resolve ...
Atlanta Black Star
Dangote, who has made most of his money through his African cement business, is building a 650,000 barrel-per-day oil refinery and petrochemical plant in the commercial capital, Lagos, scheduled for completion by early 2018. ... “From Nigeria all the ...
Dangote to meet Nigeria's fuel needs as state refineries ageChicago Tribune

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To stem illegal rhino trafficking, conservationists shame Asian buyers - Christian Science Monitor

Sat, 2016-01-16 16:55

Christian Science Monitor

To stem illegal rhino trafficking, conservationists shame Asian buyers
Christian Science Monitor
Kenya-based African Wildlife Foundation and San Francisco-based WildAid recently launched public awareness campaigns in China and Vietnam, the biggest markets for rhino horn, to try to tap into people's emotions and motivations in an effort to clear up ...

BTN LiveBIG: Maryland faculty members declare war on poaching - Big Ten Network

Sat, 2016-01-16 09:47

Big Ten Network

BTN LiveBIG: Maryland faculty members declare war on poaching
Big Ten Network
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will ... “In South Africa alone, two rhinos are killed every day by poachers ...