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Earliest human hand bone unearthed in Africa - CBS News

Tue, 2015-08-18 18:50

CBS News

Earliest human hand bone unearthed in Africa
CBS News
Scientists have unearthed the oldest modern-looking hand bone from a human ancestor at a site in Africa, demonstrating that features we take for granted, like the ability to grip, go much further back than previously believed. ... In a study about the ...
World's Oldest Humanlike Hand Bone Sheds Light on EvolutionNBCNews.com
2-million-year-old pinky found in AfricaPress TV
Oldest hand hints we came down from trees earlier than thoughtNew Scientist
Mail & Guardian Africa -Phys.Org -Mirror.co.uk
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Dog Ancestors Evolved From Mongoose-Like Forest Dwellers - Discovery News

Tue, 2015-08-18 15:00

Discovery News

Dog Ancestors Evolved From Mongoose-Like Forest Dwellers
Discovery News
“It's reinforcing the idea that predators may be as directly sensitive to climate and habitat as herbivores,” co-author Christine Janis, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Brown University, said in a press release. “Although this ...

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Surfer Mick Fanning changes his surfboard color from 'yum yum yellow' - CNN International

Tue, 2015-08-18 03:42

CNN International

Surfer Mick Fanning changes his surfboard color from 'yum yum yellow'
CNN International
His decision, ahead of the start of the Billabong Pro surfing competition in Tahiti, follows his recent encounter with a shark while surfing at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. Given the number of people that swim, surf, ... In the 1960s and 1970s, the ...

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'It's still a mystery why they all went extinct' - KVAL

Mon, 2015-08-17 18:20

KVAL

'It's still a mystery why they all went extinct'
KVAL
“I was shocked when I first saw it in amber,” said George Poinar, Jr., a professor emeritus in the OSU College of Science, and a world expert in the study of insects, plants and other life forms preserved in amber, all of which allow researchers to ...
Discovery of salamander in amber sheds light on evolutionKMTR NewsSource 16

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Models for predicting carbon levels in Central African forests - Phys.Org

Mon, 2015-08-17 11:21

Phys.Org

Models for predicting carbon levels in Central African forests
Phys.Org
ULB and Gembloux Agro Bio-Tech (ULg) researchers are developing models for predicting carbon levels in Central African forests based on measuring only 5% of all trees. In addition to being a lot more effective, their work is also revealing for the ...

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Local bigfoot hunters explore area for clues - Stillwater Gazette

Mon, 2015-08-17 00:52

Stillwater Gazette

Local bigfoot hunters explore area for clues
Stillwater Gazette
Minnesota Bigfoot Research Team founder Abe Del Rio and 'Reed' trek through woods to the area believed to be home to increased sasquatch activity. (Photo by Ryan Howard). On the side of a remote Columbus road, about half an ... He quickly gave up when ...

African CSOs kick against Arusha Protocol - GhanaWeb

Sun, 2015-08-16 12:03

GhanaWeb

African CSOs kick against Arusha Protocol
GhanaWeb
“These practices are the backbone of Agricultural system in Sub- Saharan Africa. They have ensured the production and maintenance of a diverse pool of genetic resources by farmers themselves and have safeguarded food and nutrition of tens of millions ...

Africa: How Africa Can Grow Its Own Solutions to the Continent's Aquatic Weed ... - AllAfrica.com

Sat, 2015-08-15 19:37

Africa: How Africa Can Grow Its Own Solutions to the Continent's Aquatic Weed ...
AllAfrica.com
Aquatic weeds throughout the world pose significant threats to water security. These threats are not only to biodiversity and ecological processes but also land and river communities that rely heavily on water resources - especially in developing ...

10 Extinct Giants That Once Roamed North America - Live Science

Sat, 2015-08-15 12:29

Live Science

10 Extinct Giants That Once Roamed North America
Live Science
Until the end of the last ice age, American cheetahs, enormous armadillolike creatures and giant sloths called North America home. But it's long puzzled scientists why these animals and other megafauna — creatures heavier than 100 lbs. (45 kilograms) ...

S. African Nuclear Power Plan Stirs Fears of Secrecy, Graft - Voice of America

Fri, 2015-08-14 16:12

Voice of America

S. African Nuclear Power Plan Stirs Fears of Secrecy, Graft
Voice of America
JOHANNESBURG—. Fears are growing in South Africa that agreements to build nuclear power plants that could be the most expensive procurement in the country's history will be made behind closed doors, without the necessary public scrutiny. Among those ...
Nuclear plan stirs graft, secrecy fearsIndependent Online
Nuclear power plan stirs fears of secrecy and graftMoneyweb.co.za
S. African Nuclear Power Plan Stirs Fears of Secrecy and GraftSudan Vision

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Scientists just discovered this African parrot is actually a new species - Business Insider

Fri, 2015-08-14 13:53

Business Insider

Scientists just discovered this African parrot is actually a new species
Business Insider
Sometimes, discovering new animal species requires spending years venturing deep into the wilderness. But other times, a new species can be found hiding in plain sight. The Cape Parrot, a largish bird native to the forests of South Africa, has long ...
Taking flight: Cape parrot identified as new speciesThe Guardian
Cape parrot DNA shows it's a new species, scientists sayCBC.ca

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Activists threaten adoption of virus resistant GMO cassava that could rescue ... - Genetic Literacy Project

Fri, 2015-08-14 13:27

Genetic Literacy Project

Activists threaten adoption of virus resistant GMO cassava that could rescue ...
Genetic Literacy Project
Isaac Ongu | August 14, 2015 | Genetic Literacy Project ... It's a direct challenge to the propaganda promoted by anti-science environmentalists that adopting GM crops would prevent Africa's small holder farmers from replanting their “home saved seeds ...

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If You Got Mad Over Cecil the Lion, Here Are 5 Ways You Can Bring About Change - TIME

Fri, 2015-08-14 07:56

Eyewitness News

If You Got Mad Over Cecil the Lion, Here Are 5 Ways You Can Bring About Change
TIME
Hwange National Park, where Cecil lived for 13 years, was the site of what the Telegraph called the “the worst single massacre in southern Africa for 25 years” in 2013 when poachers poisoned the water supply, killing 300 elephants; a recent study ...
Cecil stirs world, but Africans see two sides to hunting debateEyewitness News
Cecil the Lion part of 15-year animal studyTimes LIVE
Big game, bigger controversyThe Star Online
Mail & Guardian Online
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Scientists Have Misled the Public - Tim Noakes - AllAfrica.com

Thu, 2015-08-13 14:46

BusinessTech

Scientists Have Misled the Public - Tim Noakes
AllAfrica.com
"It is the day I saw the truth," said Noakes, speaking at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on the topic, "Reversing the greatest blunder in the history of medicine. Can South Africa lead the way?" On Thursday, Noakes told a gathering at the Graduate ...
Scientists lied about carbs: Tim NoakesBusinessTech

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Cecil stirs world, but Africans see two sides to hunting debate - Grand Forks Herald

Thu, 2015-08-13 00:49

Grand Forks Herald

Cecil stirs world, but Africans see two sides to hunting debate
Grand Forks Herald
LUSAKA (Reuters) - When Zambia banned lion hunting in 2013, animal welfare groups roared in approval, but rural Zambians who face a threat from big cats and receive a slice of hunting-related revenues complained, causing the government to change its ...
Outcry for Cecil the Lion Could Undercut Conservation EffortsNew York Times
In defense of legal huntingCNN

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Taking flight: Cape parrot identified as new species - The Guardian

Wed, 2015-08-12 22:25

The Guardian

Taking flight: Cape parrot identified as new species
The Guardian
Previous research indicates that these three forms differ in habitat, body size, morphology, vocalisations and plumage patterns. Further, even in the Limpopo Province of South Africa where the distributions of P. r. robustus and P. r. suahelicus ...
Cape parrot DNA shows it's a new species, scientists sayCBC.ca

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Machine That Turns Poo Into Water Gets a Test Run in Africa - Wired

Wed, 2015-08-12 03:13

Wired

Machine That Turns Poo Into Water Gets a Test Run in Africa
Wired
Gates was using the apparent publicity stunt to unveil the OmniProcessor—a low-cost waste treatment plant that combines a steam power plant, an incinerator, and a water filtration system into a machine capable of converting 14 tons of sewage into ...

Meat-eaters may speed worldwide species extinction, study warns - Science /AAAS

Tue, 2015-08-11 22:28

Science /AAAS

Meat-eaters may speed worldwide species extinction, study warns
Science /AAAS
And the practice is equally bad for Earth's biodiversity, according to a team of scientists who have fingered human carnivory—and its impact on land use—as the single biggest threat to much of the world's flora and fauna. Already a major cause of ...

In defense of legal hunting - CNN

Tue, 2015-08-11 19:40

In defense of legal hunting
CNN
Wayne Bisbee is founder of Bisbee's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund, a nonprofit organization that promotes conservation programs through science, education and technology. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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Vetpaw aims to provide therapy to army veterans and protect endangered species ... - NEWS.com.au

Tue, 2015-08-11 10:14

NEWS.com.au

Vetpaw aims to provide therapy to army veterans and protect endangered species ...
NEWS.com.au
He found his love of animals a form of therapy and quit his state department job after watching a brutal documentary on the fate of wildlife in Africa. “It's unfortunate that it took losing such an incredible lion for people to realise that lions are ...