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Where Is a Lion a Shark? In the Savannas of the Sea - Voices

Sun, 2015-01-18 01:59

Voices

Where Is a Lion a Shark? In the Savannas of the Sea
Voices
The oceanographers are finding new ways of looking beneath research vessels that ply the seas. They're getting a fish-eye-view of the deep by placing electronic tags on predators such as blue whales and California sea lions, yellowfin tuna and white ...

Poachers, Conservationists Use Drones and GPS in Wildlife Battle - NBCNews.com

Sat, 2015-01-17 11:23

National Geographic

Poachers, Conservationists Use Drones and GPS in Wildlife Battle
NBCNews.com
LONDON — It's a decades-old war, but conservationists and poachers alike are using 21st century technology like GPS and drones in their fight to protect endangered wildlife on the planes of Africa. Now Namibia, an arid desert country on Africa's ...
American's Bid to Take Home Rhino Head Stokes Hunting DebateNational Geographic

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Record! 2014 was Earth's warmest year - 13WMAZ

Sat, 2015-01-17 01:33

Record! 2014 was Earth's warmest year
13WMAZ
The planet's warmest year on record was 2014, federal scientists announced Friday. "Humans are literally cooking their planet," said Jonathan Overpeck, an atmospheric scientist from the University of Arizona. The global temperature from 2014 broke the ...

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Vetiver, the Magical Grass spreads in Busia County - Africa Science News Service

Fri, 2015-01-16 04:10

Vetiver, the Magical Grass spreads in Busia County
Africa Science News Service
James Were, Kenya Forestry Coordinator in Busia County has asked the residents of the county to begin planting Vetiver grass, (Chrysopogon zizanioides) to improve soils. Vetiver grass is a tropical clump grass with origin in south India. It has the ...

Africa's scourge, Chicago's crusade - Chicago Tribune

Thu, 2015-01-15 17:11

Africa's scourge, Chicago's crusade
Chicago Tribune
The rabid hyena, 100-plus pounds of slavering predator, burst into the family's sleeping quarters and tore at Maduhu's and whatever other flesh it could find -- his father's wrist, his brother's chest, his mother's hand -- before being beaten away and ...

Rhino that survived poaching gives birth in South Africa - SFGate

Wed, 2015-01-14 17:15

Rhino that survived poaching gives birth in South Africa
SFGate
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thandi the rhinoceros was left for dead by poachers nearly three years ago, meant to be among the 600 rhino killed in South Africa in 2012. She beat the odds, and after a slow recovery, has given birth to a healthy calf, game ...

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Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? It's Not for Camouflage - Live Science

Wed, 2015-01-14 11:58

Tech Times

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? It's Not for Camouflage
Live Science
Zebras' thick, black stripes may have evolved to help these iconic creatures stay cool in the midday African heat, a new study suggests. Many African animals sport some stripes on their bodies, but none of these patterns contrast as starkly as the zebra's.
Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? New Study Makes Temperature ConnectionNational Geographic
Mystery solved: Here's why Zebras have black and white stripesFirstpost
Zebra Stripes Help Keep the Animal Cool ... Or Not?Tech Times
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In Photos: Why Zebras Have Black and White Stripes - Live Science

Wed, 2015-01-14 11:55

In Photos: Why Zebras Have Black and White Stripes
Live Science
The question of why zebras have stripes has long befuddled scientists. Some studies have suggested that stripes help zebras control their body heat, escape from predators or avoid bites from disease-carrying flies. Few studies have systematically ...

Can You Guess How Many White Americans Have African Ancestry? - The Root

Tue, 2015-01-13 20:30

The Root

Can You Guess How Many White Americans Have African Ancestry?
The Root
When I got the idea to do a PBS series about the roots of the African-American people, I was inspired by two sources: first, of course, by Alex Haley's Roots; and second by the new science of ancestry-tracing through the use of DNA, to which I had been ...

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A new explanation for zebra stripes - Science Now

Tue, 2015-01-13 18:27

International Business Times UK

A new explanation for zebra stripes
Science Now
The researchers propose a similar adaptive reason for the zebras' varying stripes today in Royal Society Open Science. The scientists quantified the characteristics of stripes on zebras at 16 sites across the animals' range and examined 29 ...
How the zebra really got his stripes: To stay cool in savannah heatInternational Business Times UK

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Steady Progress in Long Campaign to Wipe Out Painful Human Parasite [Video] - Scientific American

Tue, 2015-01-13 16:47

Popular Mechanics

Steady Progress in Long Campaign to Wipe Out Painful Human Parasite [Video]
Scientific American
... in New York City on Monday. His nonprofit organization, The Carter Center, has led the campaign to eradicate the pest since 1986. Back then the guinea worm could be found in a band of 21 countries that stretched across central Africa and into Asia.
These Simple Fixes Nearly Eradicated a Debilitating Disease in Just 30 YearsPopular Mechanics

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Divseek Project Aims to Uncover Crops' Hidden Genetic Data - SciDev.Net

Tue, 2015-01-13 14:14

Divseek Project Aims to Uncover Crops' Hidden Genetic Data
SciDev.Net
Africa: Divseek Project Aims to Uncover Crops' Hidden Genetic Data. tweet. share. Google+. comment ... And DivSeek plans to build bridges between existing databases and research groups, and strengthen human capacity to make this genetic information ...

Animal DNA on the Go Seen for First Time - Discovery News

Mon, 2015-01-12 22:24

Animal DNA on the Go Seen for First Time
Discovery News
“Our findings overturn the dogma that genes of higher organisms are usually constrained within cells except during reproduction," Mike Berridge, a professor from the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in New Zealand, said in a statement. ... But ...

As clock ticks, Cambridge lab hunts for Ebola answers - Boston Globe

Mon, 2015-01-12 18:51

Boston Globe

As clock ticks, Cambridge lab hunts for Ebola answers
Boston Globe
At 1 p.m. on a Saturday in mid-November, Stephen Gire arrived at the airport in New Orleans, headed back to Boston. The 32-year-old research scientist from Harvard and the Broad Institute was holding a Styrofoam box that he intended to carry on board ...
The Long Tail of Ebola: Depressing African Economic ProgressWired
Remember the Ebola epidemic? It's still not over. Here's the report from the ...Vox

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New plant breeders trained to transform 'orphan' crops - SciDev.Net

Mon, 2015-01-12 16:06

New plant breeders trained to transform 'orphan' crops
SciDev.Net
[NAIROBI] Food security could receive a major boost following the graduation of the first cohort of 21 plant scientists from 11 African countries, who have received training in techniques for breeding 'orphan' crops such as cassava, millet, sorghum and ...

Ebola Clue Lurks in 10 Million Zambian Bats - Bloomberg

Mon, 2015-01-12 14:44

Bloomberg

Ebola Clue Lurks in 10 Million Zambian Bats
Bloomberg
The animals may hold a clue to finding the cure for the Ebola disease that's killed more than 8,000 people in west Africa in the biggest-ever outbreak, according to Aaron Mweene, professor at the University of Zambia's veterinary medicine school ...

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Scientists' mission to save chocolate for the world - Daily Times

Sun, 2015-01-11 23:05

Daily Times

Scientists' mission to save chocolate for the world
Daily Times
We then grow, observe and test the plants for two years and when we are happy the variety is safe, we send a cutting to Ghana. These are then propagated. Without this facility there is a real danger people might be tempted to sidestep the safe movement ...
OPERATION WONKA: The battle to save the world's chocolate suppliesGrimsby Telegraph

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In Cambridge, a race to stop Ebola's spread - Boston Globe

Sun, 2015-01-11 16:45

Boston Globe

In Cambridge, a race to stop Ebola's spread
Boston Globe
At 1 p.m. on a Saturday in mid-November, Stephen Gire arrived at the airport in New Orleans, headed back to Boston. The 32-year-old research scientist from Harvard and the Broad Institute was holding a Styrofoam box that he intended to carry on board ...

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The Seed Explorer - Hartford Courant

Sun, 2015-01-11 14:23

The Seed Explorer
Hartford Courant
Joe Simcox is a world-renown seed hunter who has traveled to more 100 countries to collect the seeds of obscure fruits and vegetables. He is a consultant for Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, which owns the Comstock Ferre Co. He travels constantly and is ...

Scientists Discover Unanticipated Consequences of Some Disease Remedies - Infection Control Today

Sun, 2015-01-11 12:42

Scientists Discover Unanticipated Consequences of Some Disease Remedies
Infection Control Today
In a new study of African buffalo, University of Georgia (UGA) ecologist Vanessa Ezenwa has found that de-worming drastically improves an animal's chances of surviving bovine tuberculosis -- but with the consequence of increasing the spread of TB in ...