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Saved by the bee: The unlikely solution to Africa's elephant problem - CNN

Fri, 2016-08-12 12:16

CNN

Saved by the bee: The unlikely solution to Africa's elephant problem
CNN
Founded on the doctoral research of Oxford DPhil Lucy King, the Elephants and Bees Project, part of Save the Elephants, utilizes the knowledge that the world's largest land animal is extremely averse to bees. They have good reason to, argues King ...
World Elephant Day: Why does the world need elephants?Christian Science Monitor
World Elephant Day: EU urged to back total ban on ivory tradeTheParliamentMagazine.eu
African countries square up for battle over future of ivory trade banThe Conversation AU
Huffington Post UK -News24
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People-powered science in Africa: a boost for democracy and knowledge - TechFinancials news (blog)

Fri, 2016-08-12 06:00

TechFinancials news (blog)

People-powered science in Africa: a boost for democracy and knowledge
TechFinancials news (blog)
More and more Africans are becoming citizen scientists – and the benefits are huge both for them as individuals and for science on the continent. August 12, 2016. 4 ... science. In South Africa, Kenya and Uganda, for instance, volunteers monitor and ...

Research project seeks to help Fort Wayne Children's Zoo control algae on African Journey area ponds - News Sentinel

Fri, 2016-08-12 05:31

News Sentinel

Research project seeks to help Fort Wayne Children's Zoo control algae on African Journey area ponds
News Sentinel
Amber Eagleson, right, curator for Africa and Indonesia at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, uses a broom to keep a curious wattled crane away Wednesday as Will Lorenz, a biology student at Grace College in Winona Lake, tests the water temperature and ...

Giant 'Arrows' Seen From Space Point to a Vanished World - National Geographic

Thu, 2016-08-11 18:28

National Geographic

Giant 'Arrows' Seen From Space Point to a Vanished World
National Geographic
This summer, while traversing the region on foot for a global project retracing the first human diaspora out of Africa, I sometimes sat on the strange ruins without realizing it. Their crumbling walls, often consisting of rows of stones just a foot ...

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Ancient Hominids Used These 250000-Year-Old Tools for Butchery - Smithsonian

Thu, 2016-08-11 18:05

Smithsonian

Ancient Hominids Used These 250000-Year-Old Tools for Butchery
Smithsonian
Tens of thousands of years before the first Homo sapien walked the Earth, ancient hominids already stalked prey across the deserts of modern-day Jordan. As they migrated from their ancestral homelands in Africa, these early humans left behind trails of ...

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Tractors Bigger Threats to Wildlife Than Climate: Study - Seeker

Thu, 2016-08-11 12:56

Seeker

Tractors Bigger Threats to Wildlife Than Climate: Study
Seeker
And more than half of the plant and animal species in the study have suffered from the conversion of their natural habitats into industrial farms and plantations, mainly to raise livestock and grow commodity crops for fuel or food. By comparison, only ...
Historically robust natural ecosystems could collapse due to climate change, human activityScience Daily
Climate Change Is Not The 'Biggest Killer' Of BiodiversityHuffington Post
Biodiversity: The ravages of guns, nets and bulldozersNature.com

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We finally know who forged Piltdown Man, one of science's most notorious hoaxes - Washington Post

Thu, 2016-08-11 12:28

Washington Post

We finally know who forged Piltdown Man, one of science's most notorious hoaxes
Washington Post
In 1953, scientists at the British Natural History Museum and University of Oxford reported that the Piltdown fossil was actually a hodgepodge of human and orangutan bones, none of them more than 720 years old. ... Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the ...
Study reveals culprit behind Piltdown Man, one of science's most famous hoaxesScience Magazine
Researchers claim new evidence unmasks the culprit in the infamous 'Piltdown Man' hoaxExtremeTech

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Nigeria: Scientist Calls for Establishment of Gen Bank for Storage of Animal Semen - AllAfrica.com

Thu, 2016-08-11 12:24

Nigeria: Scientist Calls for Establishment of Gen Bank for Storage of Animal Semen
AllAfrica.com
Mr Popoola Ayo, a scientist has called on the Federal Government to establish a Gen Bank where tissues of animals will to be conserved and stored for future use. Ayo, who is a Reproduction Biotechnologist with the National Biotechnology Development ...

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African countries square up for battle over future of ivory trade ban - Huffington Post

Thu, 2016-08-11 11:32

Huffington Post

African countries square up for battle over future of ivory trade ban
Huffington Post
South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe have submitted a joint proposal to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). ... CITES is an international agreement between governments that aims to ensure that the ...

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Biodiversity: The ravages of guns, nets and bulldozers - Nature.com

Wed, 2016-08-10 17:00

Nature.com

Biodiversity: The ravages of guns, nets and bulldozers
Nature.com
Conservation biology · Environmental sciences ... Africa's cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Asia's hairy-nosed otter (Lutra sumatrana) and South America's huemul deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus) are among more than 2,300 species affected by livestock farming ...

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Smithsonian official wanted scientist fired for alleged misconduct in Africa, report says - UPI.com

Wed, 2016-08-10 13:35

UPI.com

Smithsonian official wanted scientist fired for alleged misconduct in Africa, report says
UPI.com
9 (UPI) -- A rising young animal scientist at the prestigious Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., might lose his job over supposed misconduct by the researcher while in Africa last year, according to a news report Tuesday ...
Michael Jordan gives $5 million to African American museumWashington Post

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Arabian Sand Cat Spotted for First Time in a Decade - Seeker

Wed, 2016-08-10 13:27

The Independent

Arabian Sand Cat Spotted for First Time in a Decade
Seeker
Sand cats live in desert environments of central and southwest Asia and North Africa. They can handle the hot and cold temperature swings of those settings and will even burrow into sand dunes to stay cool. They have fur on their foot pads, which means ...
Elusive Arabian Sand Cats Photographed In the Wild For the First Time In 10 Years | The Weather ChannelThe Weather Channel
Rare Arabian sand cat spotted by scientists after ten year searchThe Independent
Look Who's Back! World's Most Elusive Cat Reappears After 10 Years in Time for International Cat DayNature World News

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Love the Fig - The New Yorker

Wed, 2016-08-10 12:02

The New Yorker

Love the Fig
The New Yorker
All kinds of critters, not only humans, frequent fig trees, but the plants owe their existence to what may be evolution's most intimate partnership between two species. Because a fig is actually a ball of flowers, it requires pollination, but because ...

Research reveals effectiveness of stones thrown as weapons by ... - Phys.Org

Wed, 2016-08-10 10:53

Irish Times

Research reveals effectiveness of stones thrown as weapons by ...
Phys.Org
Stone objects collected by prehistoric hunters were effective as throwing weapons to hunt animals, research at Leeds Beckett University reveals.
Prehistoric man hunted with stones - The i newspaper online iNewsiNews

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Unlocking the mysteries of plant root function, from Alaska to South Africa - NAU News

Tue, 2016-08-09 23:25

NAU News

Unlocking the mysteries of plant root function, from Alaska to South Africa
NAU News
Ecoss researchers in the Plant and Ecosystem Ecology—PEER—Lab at Northern Arizona University are digging into the soils of South Africa and Alaska to shed light on a poorly understood topic: how plant roots function. A $300,000 ... The roots of most ...

The six steps to extinction - Science Daily

Tue, 2016-08-09 21:41

Science Daily

The six steps to extinction
Science Daily
However, researchers Paul Downey and David Richardson argue in a paper published this month in AoB PLANTS, 'Alien plant invasions and native plant extinctions: a six-threshold framework', that traditional methods of modelling extinction do not work ...

Alarming study: Waters of ancient African lake aren't mixing - HeraldNet

Tue, 2016-08-09 18:19

Firstpost

Alarming study: Waters of ancient African lake aren't mixing
HeraldNet
New research has revealed some alarming insights about the effects of climate change on one of the world's oldest and largest lakes. A study published Monday in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” suggests rising temperatures ...
Lake Tanganyika fisheries declining from global warmingScience Daily

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Dog eat dog: is a troubled expedition to Kenya causing the Smithsonian to devour its young? - The Verge

Tue, 2016-08-09 13:43

The Verge

Dog eat dog: is a troubled expedition to Kenya causing the Smithsonian to devour its young?
The Verge
Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, DC, was about to lead a team of scientists up Mt. Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjaro. The team ... On July ...

The EU is right to oppose a global ivory ban - The Guardian

Tue, 2016-08-09 13:18

The Guardian

The EU is right to oppose a global ivory ban
The Guardian
An estimated 30,000 animals are being killed for their ivory every year, a shockingly high figure that threatens the survival of central Africa's forest elephants as well as some elephant populations in east Africa. ... Three of them have attracted a ...

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Could one discovery take on three deadly parasites? - CNN

Tue, 2016-08-09 12:14

CNN

Could one discovery take on three deadly parasites?
CNN
These are the symptoms of Chagas disease, human African trypanosomiasis (also called sleeping sickness) and leishmaniasis, respectively. They're part of a wider group of conditions known as neglected tropical diseases, and scientists are working on a ...
Single Compound Is Triple Threat among Neglected Tropical DiseasesGenetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (blog)
Breakthrough: Single drug targets three deadly parasitic infectionsPerfScience
New drugs hope to fight neglected tropical diseases | EurekAlert ...EurekAlert (press release)
Drug Target Review -eNCA
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