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Chewed plants help detect viruses in mountain gorillas, monkeys - Davis Enterprise

Sun, 2016-07-17 01:44

Davis Enterprise

Chewed plants help detect viruses in mountain gorillas, monkeys
Davis Enterprise
Chewed bark, leaves and fruit discarded by mountain gorillas provide a simple way to test the endangered apes for viruses without disturbing them, according to scientists from UC Davis studying mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in East-Central ...

New species of extinct rodent offers insight into ancient animal migration - Jerusalem Post Israel News

Sat, 2016-07-16 22:59

Jerusalem Post Israel News

New species of extinct rodent offers insight into ancient animal migration
Jerusalem Post Israel News
The discovery of Sayimys negevensis sheds new light on the likely dispersal route of mammals and other species between Eurasia and Africa in the Early Miocene Epoch (23 million to 16 million years ago) and highlights Israel's special paleogeographic ...

Worldwide Banana Crisis Sparked by Disease | The Weather Channel - The Weather Channel

Sat, 2016-07-16 00:09

The Weather Channel

Worldwide Banana Crisis Sparked by Disease | The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel
After tracing the makeup of the fungus found in numerous impacted places, a research team's latest study confirms that the culprit is a clone of Panama disease named Tropical Race 4, according to Gert Kema, a banana expert at Wageningen University and ...

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The Last Days of Cecil the Lion - Outside Magazine

Fri, 2016-07-15 23:20

Outside Magazine

The Last Days of Cecil the Lion
Outside Magazine
In addition to unsustainable trophy hunting, the decimation of Africa's top predator is precipitated by the illegal bushmeat trade, loss of habitat and prey, and conflict with local people, which is the largest direct cause of lion deaths in Africa ...

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'Noah's Ark' ex silico - Phys.Org

Fri, 2016-07-15 21:57

'Noah's Ark' ex silico
Phys.Org
Brian Enquist, a professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has joined an international team of scientists that will provide tropical countries with the information needed to avoid extinctions due to ...

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Researchers discover real reason why turtles have shells - Phys.Org

Fri, 2016-07-15 20:05

Phys.Org

Researchers discover real reason why turtles have shells
Phys.Org
"Why the turtle shell evolved is a very Dr. Seuss-like question and the answer seems pretty obvious – it was for protection," said Dr. Lyson, lead author of Fossorial Origin of the Turtle Shell, which was released today by Current Biology. "But just ...
Study reveals origins of the turtle shellUPI.com

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What future is there for Africa's lions? - Mongabay.com

Fri, 2016-07-15 18:04

Mongabay.com

What future is there for Africa's lions?
Mongabay.com
African lions have been extirpated — wiped out — in half of the more than 50 countries in which they originally occurred. Experts believe that the current wild population may number as few as 20,000 animals, representing a decline of more than 40 ...

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Where Did Agriculture Begin? Oh Boy, It's Complicated - KQED

Fri, 2016-07-15 17:50

KQED

Where Did Agriculture Begin? Oh Boy, It's Complicated
KQED
First, they grew wild varieties of crops like pea, lentil and barley, and herded wild animals like goat and wild ox. Centuries later, they switched to farming full-time, breeding both animals and plants, creating new varieties and breeds. Eventually ...
Scientists find evidence of new Stone Age farming populationHuron Daily Tribune
First farmers had diverse origins, DNA showsBBC News
The worlds first farmers were surprisingly diverseScience Magazine
Science 2.0
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Another Reason to Eat Less Meat? It Would Lower the Chance of Another Flu Pandemic. - Slate Magazine

Fri, 2016-07-15 13:07

Slate Magazine

Another Reason to Eat Less Meat? It Would Lower the Chance of Another Flu Pandemic.
Slate Magazine
In fact, influenza pandemics of the last century all directly, or derivatively, originated in animals, primarily poultry and swine. ... A growing body of research has demonstrated that dietary preferences favoring more plant-based foods and less animal ...

From Malaria to plant diseases: This accelerator is tackling the world's real problems - The Next Web

Fri, 2016-07-15 13:00

The Next Web

From Malaria to plant diseases: This accelerator is tackling the world's real problems
The Next Web
The science and technology company Merck fills this gap with a special Accelerator program: In two locations, Darmstadt/Germany and Nairobi/Kenya, startups get office space, funding of up to €50,000, mentoring and access to more than 50,000 Merck ...

T. rex wasn't the only dinosaur with those weird little arms - Christian Science Monitor

Fri, 2016-07-15 12:41

Scientific American

T. rex wasn't the only dinosaur with those weird little arms
Christian Science Monitor
"Theropods in general do this quite often," Lindsay Zanno, head of the Paleontology Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, tells The Christian Science Monitor in a phone interview. "There are ... "It's really cool that the arms ...
New Dinosaur Had the T. rex Look: Tiny ArmsScientific American

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Expanding farms harm nature on 58 pct of world's land - ... - Thomson Reuters Foundation

Fri, 2016-07-15 10:08

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Expanding farms harm nature on 58 pct of world's land - ...
Thomson Reuters Foundation
... scientists said on Thursday. Grasslands, such as in United States, Argentina, South Africa or Central Asia, are among natural systems most affected by declines in animals and plants caused by human activities, they wrote in the journal Science ...

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What it's really like to go cage diving with Great White Sharks - Daily Mail

Fri, 2016-07-15 06:47

Daily Mail

What it's really like to go cage diving with Great White Sharks
Daily Mail
Mr Othersurfa does concede, however, that 'from a scientific point of view it is not possible to categorically prove or disprove the link between chumming great whites and the increase in shark attacks on surfers and spearo's in the Cape over the last ...

Mangaluru: Pilikula Nisargadhama to get animals from Africa-DC - Daijiworld.com

Fri, 2016-07-15 05:33

Times of India

Mangaluru: Pilikula Nisargadhama to get animals from Africa-DC
Daijiworld.com
Mangaluru, Jul 15: Dakshina Kannada district deputy commissioner, A B Ibrahim, said that the possibility of getting giraffes, zebras, and chimpanzees from central Africa with the help of donors is under consideration for being housed in Dr Shivaram ...
Pilikula Biological Park to get giraffes, zebras and chimpsTimes of India

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The worlds first farmers were surprisingly diverse - Science Magazine

Thu, 2016-07-14 18:06

Science Magazine

The worlds first farmers were surprisingly diverse
Science Magazine
The research—a paper published online in Science this week and two studies posted last month on the bioRxiv server—can't pin down whether agriculture spread quickly among diverse peoples or was independently invented more than once. But the diversity ...
Where Did Agriculture Begin? Oh Boy, It's ComplicatedKUNC
Scientists Find Evidence of New Stone Age Farming PopulationABC News
A federal origin of Stone Age farmingScience Codex

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How anti-modern farming agroecology NGOs spread GMO misinformation in Africa - Genetic Literacy Project

Thu, 2016-07-14 10:53

Genetic Literacy Project

How anti-modern farming agroecology NGOs spread GMO misinformation in Africa
Genetic Literacy Project
According to Henk Hobbelink, a Dutch agronomist and founder of GRAIN—a non-profit that campaigns against crop biotechnology and modern farming techniques—the menace is Big Ag, with GMOs as their weapon of choice. Hobelink, according to the ...

DARPA Wants Mutant Viruses to Fight New Diseases - Bloomberg

Thu, 2016-07-14 09:31

Bloomberg

DARPA Wants Mutant Viruses to Fight New Diseases
Bloomberg
The brothers are studying bits of genetic material called therapeutic interfering particles, or TIPs, that while known for decades have just recently shown potential to snuff disease outbreaks. While their potential for side effects still must be ...

Most successful plant-eating dinosaur survived on pine needles - Irish Examiner

Thu, 2016-07-14 09:19

Irish Examiner

Most successful plant-eating dinosaur survived on pine needles
Irish Examiner
Dr Albert Prieto-Marquez, from the University of Bristol, said: “Some of the immensely successful duck-billed hadrosaurs of the Late Cretaceous might have been eating flowering plants, but their tooth wear patterns, and especially close study of their ...

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Sandia Researchers Discover Virus Uses Known Cancer Pathway - Livermore Independent

Thu, 2016-07-14 07:20

Livermore Independent

Sandia Researchers Discover Virus Uses Known Cancer Pathway
Livermore Independent
The work was funded by Sandia's Laboratory Directed Research and Development program. Little is known about the fundamental infection mechanisms and interactions between bunyaviruses and their host cells. Led by Sandia virologist Brooke Harmon, ...

Our ancestors were carnivorous super-predators, so do we really have a choice about eating meat? - The Conversation AU

Thu, 2016-07-14 02:53

The Conversation AU

Our ancestors were carnivorous super-predators, so do we really have a choice about eating meat?
The Conversation AU
Our ancestors evolved to be super-predators with meat eating and sharing a key survival strategy for our kind for millions of years. So, do we really have ... It's rife on the internet and fuels both anti-intellectualism and a deep mistrust of ...