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These Beautiful Maps Reveal the Secret Lives of Animals - National Geographic

Thu, 2016-11-17 22:44

National Geographic

These Beautiful Maps Reveal the Secret Lives of Animals
National Geographic
But in recent years, technology has made it possible to track animal movements from afar in more and more detail, whether it's albatrosses circling Antarctica, loggerhead turtles migrating across the Atlantic, or African elephants trying to navigate a ...

Genetic breakthrough: Crops use more sunlight to grow - BBC News - BBC News

Thu, 2016-11-17 20:04

BBC News

Genetic breakthrough: Crops use more sunlight to grow - BBC News
BBC News
A genetic technique makes plants produce more food from sunlight - a key step in feeding the growing global population, scientists say.

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Genetic breakthrough: Crops use more sunlight to grow - BBC News - BBC News

Thu, 2016-11-17 19:58

BBC News

Genetic breakthrough: Crops use more sunlight to grow - BBC News
BBC News
A genetic technique makes plants produce more food from sunlight - a key step in feeding the growing global population, scientists say.

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Plants can be engineered to help fight the effects of climate change - The Verge

Thu, 2016-11-17 19:00

Plants can be engineered to help fight the effects of climate change
The Verge
Scientists have found two ways to make plants better at turning carbon dioxide into energy — and these techniques could help plants help us create better biofuels and produce more food to save the world. Two studies published today in Science show ...

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Planting Trees In Africa: Is That The Solution To The Continent's Land Management Crises? - AFKInsider

Thu, 2016-11-17 17:07

Planting Trees In Africa: Is That The Solution To The Continent's Land Management Crises?
AFKInsider
A crucial but relatively overlooked factor in Ethiopia's conflict is the country's land-management system, according to Sofia Faruqi, manager of the New Restoration Economy initiative at the World Resources Institute. A Washington, D.C.-based global ...

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Louis Vuitton's Kim Jones talks travel, flightless parrots and the upside of bad animal etchings - Los Angeles Times

Wed, 2016-11-16 20:35

Los Angeles Times

Louis Vuitton's Kim Jones talks travel, flightless parrots and the upside of bad animal etchings
Los Angeles Times
If he's not traipsing around the Atacama Desert (for research) or trying to catch a glimpse of New Zealand's rare flightless kakapo parrot (for fun), he's probably shuttling between London (where he lives) and Paris (where he works) or jetting around ...

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Planting Trees In Africa: Is That The Solution To The Continent's Land Management Crises? - AFKInsider

Wed, 2016-11-16 19:40

AFKInsider

Planting Trees In Africa: Is That The Solution To The Continent's Land Management Crises?
AFKInsider
A crucial but relatively overlooked factor in Ethiopia's conflict is the country's land-management system, according to Sofia Faruqi, manager of the New Restoration Economy initiative at the World Resources Institute. A Washington, D.C.-based global ...

Africa: Giant Research Leap Is Needed to Rein in Farm-Driven Antimicrobial Resistance - AllAfrica.com

Tue, 2016-11-15 16:56

AllAfrica.com

Africa: Giant Research Leap Is Needed to Rein in Farm-Driven Antimicrobial Resistance
AllAfrica.com
While antimicrobial resistance was first described in 1940, scientific understanding of the myriad of pathways by which resistance emerges and spreads remains in its infancy. ... The report, launched during World Antibiotic Awareness Week, a joint ...

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Wildlife Law Enforcement Agencies acquire Wildlife Law Prosecution skills - Africa Science News Service

Tue, 2016-11-15 14:34

Africa Science News Service

Wildlife Law Enforcement Agencies acquire Wildlife Law Prosecution skills
Africa Science News Service
A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) male dog sniffs on November 30, 2009 part of ivory and wildlife animal skin that he helped seize from poachers around the country during a news briefing at KWS headquarters in Nairobi. KWS, the Lusaka Agreement Task ...

Nigeria And South Africa Bag the most awards at the Appsafrica 2016 Innovation Awards - Ventures Africa

Tue, 2016-11-15 10:45

Ventures Africa

Nigeria And South Africa Bag the most awards at the Appsafrica 2016 Innovation Awards
Ventures Africa
On Monday, 14th November 2016, a leading pan-African technology news portal and advisory service, AppsAfrica.com announced ten winners of the AppsAfrica.com 2016 innovation awards. The award ceremony took place at a ... According to a senior scientist ...

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Can Mars' bid to publish genetic maps of historic African crops boost nutrition? - The Guardian

Tue, 2016-11-15 07:00

The Guardian

Can Mars' bid to publish genetic maps of historic African crops boost nutrition?
The Guardian
The researchers say they will publish the crops' genome sequences online for anyone to download for free; they are also training hundreds of African plant breeders on how to use the data. ... The African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC), founded in 2011 ...

In wake of Ebola, West Africa adopts new disease control - Daily Trust

Mon, 2016-11-14 14:08

Global News Network

In wake of Ebola, West Africa adopts new disease control
Daily Trust
Strong systems and coordinated efforts are needed – both within and between countries – to detect, report and control the spread of diseases that affect animals and humans.” The One Health approach calls for policymakers and health practitioners to ...
African leaders pledge to improve emergency preparedness and response at West African Regional Conference on ...Global News Network

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Africa's spiny trees offer lessons in understanding the earth's ecology - eNCA

Sun, 2016-11-13 16:00

eNCA

Africa's spiny trees offer lessons in understanding the earth's ecology
eNCA
But research my colleagues and I have conducted reveals that savanna trees hold more secrets – and that medium-sized browsing animals played a much earlier role than fire in developing savannas. We believe our research opens ... What followed was a ...

4MILLION animals are slaughtered every year to make Chinese 'miracle' youth serum - Daily Mail

Sat, 2016-11-12 22:03

Daily Mail

4MILLION animals are slaughtered every year to make Chinese 'miracle' youth serum
Daily Mail
Stretching far into the distance, thousands of young donkeys contentedly graze on a farm in northern China. They are days away from slaughter – having been bred solely for ejiao, a supposedly youth-preserving gelatin found in their skin. Every week ...

There may be older trees but these count - Arizona Daily Star

Fri, 2016-11-11 23:42

Arizona Daily Star

There may be older trees but these count
Arizona Daily Star
Most of those discoveries were made by researchers at the University of Arizona's Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, the birthplace of the science that uses tree rings to answer questions about sylvan chronology, global climate and even social and ...

African researchers develop drought-tolerant GMO maize variety - Genetic Literacy Project

Fri, 2016-11-11 17:42

Genetic Literacy Project

African researchers develop drought-tolerant GMO maize variety
Genetic Literacy Project
Maize is a staple food crop for millions of Africans. Despite this ... In drought assay carried out in the glass house, transgenic lines expressing the ipt gene showed tolerance to drought as revealed by delayed leaf senescence compared to the wild ...

Trees for Life - BirdLife International

Fri, 2016-11-11 14:05

Trees for Life
BirdLife International
The BirdLife Partnership has been working in West Africa for many years to develop and promote best practices in bird-friendly land management in the Sahel that promote the livelihoods of local communities. Research has ... Landmark research involving ...

Africa's Spiny Trees Offer Lessons in Understanding the Earth's Ecology - AllAfrica.com

Fri, 2016-11-11 09:21

Africa's Spiny Trees Offer Lessons in Understanding the Earth's Ecology
AllAfrica.com
But research my colleagues and I have conducted reveals that savanna trees hold more secrets - and that medium-sized browsing animals played a much earlier role than fire in developing savannas. We believe our research opens ... What followed was a ...

Why are we ticklish? Scientists who tickled rats offer an intriguing answer - Los Angeles Times

Thu, 2016-11-10 22:30

Los Angeles Times

Why are we ticklish? Scientists who tickled rats offer an intriguing answer
Los Angeles Times
Need a good laugh? The feeling is pretty universal, according to researchers who tickled rats for the sake of science. When the animals received a 10-second tickle from a gloved hand, they responded with a rat version of laughter. The animals seemed to ...

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Plant-species hotspot maps identify priority conservation areas of tropical Africa - Phys.Org

Thu, 2016-11-10 17:00

Phys.Org

Plant-species hotspot maps identify priority conservation areas of tropical Africa
Phys.Org
Costus phyllocephalus K.Schum., a 'Green Star' plant species from the African rainforest. The researchers defined four standardised 'Star' categories of global rarity. Green Star species are globally widespread. Credit: Jan Wieringa, Naturalis ...

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