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Humans evolved 100000 years earlier than thought and East Africa is not 'cradle of mankind', say experts - Telegraph.co.uk

Wed, 2017-06-07 17:00

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Humans evolved 100000 years earlier than thought and East Africa is not 'cradle of mankind', say experts
Telegraph.co.uk
Until now, experts believed all humans living today descended from a population that lived in East Africa. The earliest examples of our species were found in the 1960s by Richard Leakey, at Omo Kibish in south-western Ethiopia dating from 195,000 years ...
New fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco and the pan-African origin of Homo sapiens : Nature : Nature ResearchNature

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Two lions survived a circus, only to be killed and mutilated in a sanctuary - Washington Post

Wed, 2017-06-07 12:08

Washington Post

Two lions survived a circus, only to be killed and mutilated in a sanctuary
Washington Post
“These two animals, who suffered so much, had the good life snatched away from them,” said Tim Phillips, vice president of Animal Defenders International, the group that negotiated the release of all 33 lions and coordinated their flight to South ...

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Q&A: Jill Farrant on breeding drought-resistant crops - Aljazeera.com

Wed, 2017-06-07 10:41

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Q&A: Jill Farrant on breeding drought-resistant crops
Aljazeera.com
Jill Farrant first learned about resurrection plants when she was nine years old. A dead plant she had seen on her family's farm in Limpopo, South Africa, had come back to life after it had rained. "The ded [sic] plant on the rocks was alive, but Dad ...

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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Scientist, Entrepreneur And President - Forbes Africa (blog)

Wed, 2017-06-07 08:08

Forbes Africa (blog)

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Scientist, Entrepreneur And President
Forbes Africa (blog)
n an exclusive interview with FORBES WOMAN AFRICA, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius, speaks about her academic efforts studying one of the most biodiverse hotspots on earth. Her country is celebrating 25 years of being a republic, and by ...

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Genetic study shakes up the elephant family tree -- ScienceDaily - Science Daily

Tue, 2017-06-06 15:40

Science Daily

Genetic study shakes up the elephant family tree -- ScienceDaily
Science Daily
New research reveals that a species of giant elephant that lived 1.5 million to 100000 years ago -- ranging across Eurasia before it went extinct -- is more closely ...

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Genetic study shakes up the elephant family tree - Phys.org - Phys.Org

Tue, 2017-06-06 14:35

Phys.Org

Genetic study shakes up the elephant family tree - Phys.org
Phys.Org
New research reveals that a species of giant elephant that lived 1.5 million to 100000 years ago - ranging across Eurasia before it went extinct - is more closely ...

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Invasive alien plant control assessed for the Kruger National Park in ... - Phys.Org

Tue, 2017-06-06 14:11

Invasive alien plant control assessed for the Kruger National Park in ...
Phys.Org
Sunset Dam, Kruger National Park, South Africa, is heavily infested with water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes). The population was effectively eliminated by a ...

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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Scientist, Entrepreneur And President ... - Forbes Africa (blog)

Tue, 2017-06-06 10:04

Forbes Africa (blog)

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Scientist, Entrepreneur And President ...
Forbes Africa (blog)
n an exclusive interview with FORBES WOMAN AFRICA, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius, speaks about her academic efforts studying one of the ...

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Remarkable discovery of human-like plant 'brain' - Business Recorder (press release) (registration) (blog)

Tue, 2017-06-06 08:50

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Remarkable discovery of human-like plant 'brain'
Business Recorder (press release) (registration) (blog)
In their research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), disclosed that this 'brain' in plants or its 'decision-making centre' is labeled as Arabidopsis or thale cress. It basically consists of two kinds of cells: one ...

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Lions Are Being Poached At Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary In South Africa - Science Times

Mon, 2017-06-05 15:58

Science Times

Lions Are Being Poached At Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary In South Africa
Science Times
(Photo : Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Poachers recently killed two rescue lions in the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa. A good number of lions transported to South Africa from Colombia and Peru in 2016. Poachers ... According to Animal Defenders ...

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Arabidopsis evolution: Roots in Africa - Nature.com

Mon, 2017-06-05 15:05

Arabidopsis evolution: Roots in Africa
Nature.com
The model species Arabidopsis thaliana has been particularly helpful in facilitating our understanding of fundamental biological mechanisms and evolutionary processes. The recent publication of 1,135 A. thaliana genomes from worldwide samples ...

Arabidopsis evolution: Roots in Africa - Nature.com

Mon, 2017-06-05 15:05

Arabidopsis evolution: Roots in Africa
Nature.com
The model species Arabidopsis thaliana has been particularly helpful in facilitating our understanding of fundamental biological mechanisms and evolutionary processes. The recent publication of 1,135 A. thaliana genomes from worldwide samples ...

Gila Valley Rotary, Africans focus on sustainable agriculture - Eastern Arizona Courier

Mon, 2017-06-05 09:18

Eastern Arizona Courier

Gila Valley Rotary, Africans focus on sustainable agriculture
Eastern Arizona Courier
SAFFORD — The Gila Valley Rotary club recently hosted a discussion focusing on sustainable agriculture and the environment, with special guests from Africa. ... Chad's Ministry of Agriculture; Dr. Kafumbata, lecturer in biology for Chancellor College ...

This App Will Identify Rare Animals by Tracking Their Footprints - TechDigg

Sun, 2017-06-04 19:59

TechDigg

This App Will Identify Rare Animals by Tracking Their Footprints
TechDigg
The new footprint identification called ConservationFit is helping scientists locate animals by reading the digital images of the footprints from cameras, drones and smartphones taken from everyday people. ... According to Stuart Pimm, the Doris Duke ...

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Citizen scientists' photos capture the impact of climate change on southern Africa's landscape - Quartz

Sat, 2017-06-03 05:00

Quartz

Citizen scientists' photos capture the impact of climate change on southern Africa's landscape
Quartz
Scientists expect Africa to be hardest hit by climate change: its dependence on agriculture, hot temperatures, and poor infrastructure mean its citizens are likely to feel the pressure of a changing climate more than most others. But there are big ...

Methanol from African Plants Kills Mesothelioma Cells - Asbestos.com

Fri, 2017-06-02 21:01

Asbestos.com

Methanol from African Plants Kills Mesothelioma Cells
Asbestos.com
Dr. Victor Kuete, a biochemist at the University of Dschang in Cameroon, led the research team that tested methanol extracts found in African plants on mesothelioma and four other cancers. The results, published recently in the journal BMC ...

National Geographic Photo Ark Highlights Cincinnati Zoo Conservation Projects - HuffPost

Fri, 2017-06-02 19:16

HuffPost

National Geographic Photo Ark Highlights Cincinnati Zoo Conservation Projects
HuffPost
National Geographic Photo Ark Exhibition features stunning animal photos by National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore and can be found in three locations - Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Dallas Zoo ...

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South Africa: Meeting the Dietary Needs of Honey Bees Is Tough for South African Beekeepers - AllAfrica.com

Fri, 2017-06-02 15:12

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South Africa: Meeting the Dietary Needs of Honey Bees Is Tough for South African Beekeepers
AllAfrica.com
Previous research on bee forage - the nectar and pollen that bees get from plants - in South Africa concentrated on the Western Cape Province. For my research ... I set out to research what forage beekeepers in South Africa were relying on for their ...

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Spanish Plant misclassified for 176 years - Science Daily

Fri, 2017-06-02 13:41

Science Daily

Spanish Plant misclassified for 176 years
Science Daily
Surprisingly, there are still plant species waiting to be discovered in the Iberian Peninsula. Some are detected thanks to the latest study methods, and others, such as Linaria becerrae, are described when reinterpreting species which are already known.

Northern Cape province, South Africa - Brand South Africa (press release) (registration) (blog)

Thu, 2017-06-01 17:18

Brand South Africa (press release) (registration) (blog)

Northern Cape province, South Africa
Brand South Africa (press release) (registration) (blog)
The vast and arid Northern Cape is South Africa's largest province – around the size of Germany – and takes up nearly a third of the country's land area. Yet it has the smallest population, only 1-million people, and a population density of just three ...
Cape Town cuts back to survive 'stubborn' droughtAljazeera.com
South Africa's Cape Town Cuts Back To Survive Worst Drought In 100 YearsNDTV

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