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How the Sahara Keeps the Amazon Green - Wired

Wed, 2015-02-25 13:53

NDTV

How the Sahara Keeps the Amazon Green
Wired
“Even tens of millions of years after South America separated from Africa, the two continents are still inextricably linked, like an older brother and a younger brother,” says Charlie Zender, a climate scientist at the University of California, Irvine ...
Amazon's Rainforests Depend On Sahara Desert For Nutrients: StudyInternational Business Times
Watch How NASA Monitors Sand Flying From the Sahara to the AmazonTIME
Saharan Dust Feeding Amazon's Plants, Reveals NASANDTV
ZME Science -EurekAlert (press release)
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Anthrocotheres Fossils Suggest Hippo Ancestors Are Related To Whales, Dolphins - Tech Times

Wed, 2015-02-25 13:02

Tech Times

Anthrocotheres Fossils Suggest Hippo Ancestors Are Related To Whales, Dolphins
Tech Times
The ancient creature, which spends most of its time in the water, was a member of the anthracothere, a family of animals that is now extinct and which scientists have already associated to a common ancestor of whales, dolphins, swine, cows and goats ...
Hippo's 'Shrunken' Ancestor Was Hardly Bigger Than a SheepLive Science
Hippos Related to Whales, Fossil RevealsDiscovery News
Fossil reveals hippos related to whalesABC Science Online
TheraBreath (blog) -Daily Mail
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African trip by local scientist focus of Brown Bagger Friday - Sidney Herald Leader

Wed, 2015-02-25 07:13

African trip by local scientist focus of Brown Bagger Friday
Sidney Herald Leader
... Research Laboratory's 2015 BrownBagger series. This special “scientific safari” begins at noon on Friday and takes us to the southern tip of Africa with NPARL entomologist/ecologist Dave Branson, who recently completed a month-long trip there. The ...

Is the world ready for GM animals? - BBC News

Tue, 2015-02-24 22:23

BBC News

Is the world ready for GM animals?
BBC News
But the firm has swapped irradiation for the more precise and cost-effective toolkit of genetic modification. Oxitec has developed a transgenic strain of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which transmits the virus responsible for dengue fever in its bite ...

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Scientists name new species of wasp after Boston Bruins goalie Rask - Reuters UK

Tue, 2015-02-24 20:58

Reuters UK

Scientists name new species of wasp after Boston Bruins goalie Rask
Reuters UK
BOSTON (Reuters) - A team of researchers studying insects in Africa has named a newly discovered species of wasp with a distinctive yellow-and-black pattern after Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, the Boston Globe reported on Tuesday. ... national ice ...

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Bill Gates, Computerized Plant Breeding and Contending with Hunger - USDA.gov (press release) (blog)

Tue, 2015-02-24 18:38

USDA.gov (press release) (blog)

Bill Gates, Computerized Plant Breeding and Contending with Hunger
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from USDA's rich science and research profile. Bill Gates, once simply of Microsoft fame, is now as famous for his dedication to ... At the research unit, ARS geneticist Edward Buckler is turning the ...

Biologist aims to grow rhino horns to save animals from poachers - InsideHalton.com

Tue, 2015-02-24 12:46

Biologist aims to grow rhino horns to save animals from poachers
InsideHalton.com
A Seattle-based biotechnology startup that hopes to grow cruelty-free rhino horns in a laboratory to save the animal from poachers — and eventually from extinction — says it has already produced multiple batches of rhino horn powder. The first batch ...

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'Gerbils replace rats' as main cause of Black Death - BBC News

Tue, 2015-02-24 12:16

BBC News

'Gerbils replace rats' as main cause of Black Death
BBC News
By Rebecca Morelle Science Correspondent, BBC News. black rat ... Scientists believe repeat epidemics of the Black Death, which arrived in Europe in the mid-14th Century, instead trace back to gerbils from Asia. Prof Nils ... They compared tree-ring ...
Rats 'not main cause of Black Death'The Guardian Nigeria

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Words, genes, and the science of past human deeds - ABC Science Online

Tue, 2015-02-24 03:16

ABC Science Online

Words, genes, and the science of past human deeds
ABC Science Online
Words, genes, and the science of past human deeds. New research reveals a clear link between the ancient spread of European languages and people, while other findings challenge the reliability of commonly used DNA for human ancestry studies ...

Young Leaders Get Serious About Stopping Plastic Landslide Into Oceans - Huffington Post

Tue, 2015-02-24 01:00

Huffington Post

Young Leaders Get Serious About Stopping Plastic Landslide Into Oceans
Huffington Post
Workshops include hands-on scientific collection and analysis of coastal seawater while aboard the Ocean Institute and Algalita research vessels. Students will have the chance to take their leadership and public speaking skills up a notch; and explore ...

Africa urged to use science to transform agriculture - Shanghai Daily (subscription)

Mon, 2015-02-23 23:58

Africa urged to use science to transform agriculture
Shanghai Daily (subscription)
Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of the Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Kenya Felix Koskei said African leaders have prioritized and provided the political framework to reverse a historical food and nutrition challenge that has been associated ...
Roundup: Africa urged to use science to transform agricultureGlobalPost

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Plague Pandemic May Have Been Driven by Climate, Not Rats - Smithsonian

Mon, 2015-02-23 22:15

ideastream

Plague Pandemic May Have Been Driven by Climate, Not Rats
Smithsonian
“If our theory of climate-driven successive reintroductions is correct, we would expect to find great genetic bacterial variation between plague victims across time,” Stenseth explains. If the bacteria had instead come from a single introduction, there ...
Unexpected role of climate in bringing plague to medieval EuropeCBS News
Agriculture expansion in Tanzania may increase plague riskScience Codex

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Scholars Aim to Fight Hunger in Africa, Amplify Marginalized Voices - Georgetown University News

Mon, 2015-02-23 16:47

Georgetown University News

Scholars Aim to Fight Hunger in Africa, Amplify Marginalized Voices
Georgetown University News
Georgetown: Master of science degree in molecular biology and biochemistry, 2006. Other degrees: Undergraduate degree ... Current Work: Founder and scientific director at JR Biotek, a biotechnology education-based company providing quality ...

Neighbors mostly say good riddance to egrets, herons (PHOTOS) - Kansas.com

Mon, 2015-02-23 12:40

Neighbors mostly say good riddance to egrets, herons (PHOTOS)
Kansas.com
Professionally, the rookery near 13th and Doris, not far south of the Sedgwick County Zoo, had helped Maccarone publish several papers in prestigious scientific journals. Personally, Maccarone and scores of wildlife watchers had enjoyed watching ...

Photographer who posted images of Glenn McGrath posing next to dead African ... - Daily Mail

Mon, 2015-02-23 11:58

Daily Mail

Photographer who posted images of Glenn McGrath posing next to dead African ...
Daily Mail
The photographer who last week shared photographs of Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath posing with a gun beside the bodies of hunted animals, has revealed he has received countless death threats since Friday. Acclaimed wildlife photographer ...
McGrath on a sticky wicketStock Journal

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Mauritius and La Réunion: Tropical twin peaks with a touch of pumice - The Independent

Mon, 2015-02-23 10:14

The Independent

Mauritius and La Réunion: Tropical twin peaks with a touch of pumice
The Independent
A winding, misty drive inland from the expansive comforts of the Lux Tamassa beach hotel had deposited us among mossy, dripping trees, and we had tramped off along a broad ridge trail, enjoying alluring valley vistas through brief rents in the mist ...

The struggle to save the 'Congolese unicorn' - Al Jazeera America

Mon, 2015-02-23 07:40

Al Jazeera America

The struggle to save the 'Congolese unicorn'
Al Jazeera America
The reserve aims to protect more than just the animals. Along the forest edge, the last of the Mbuti people are eking out their survival. Referred to locally as pygmies, the Mbuti continue to rely on traditional hunting and gathering, in stark contrast ...

Chimps learn to grunt with a Scottish 'accent' - Cosmos

Mon, 2015-02-23 06:09

Chimps learn to grunt with a Scottish 'accent'
Cosmos
A study published in Current Biology this month by researchers at the University of York and the University of Zurich shows not only that chimpanzees have different dialects depending on where they live, but they can also adopt the local “language ...

Owen Paterson: 'The Green Blob' is threatening lives in Africa - Telegraph.co.uk

Sun, 2015-02-22 10:33

Telegraph.co.uk

Owen Paterson: 'The Green Blob' is threatening lives in Africa
Telegraph.co.uk
"This is a time of extraordinary opportunity for Africa. Progress in the plant sciences is opening up the promise of a second Green Revolution, one that can not only feed the 9 to 10 billion people that will inhabit our planet in 2050, but feed them ...

'Extreme conservation' saves mountain gorillas from extinction - Al Jazeera America

Sun, 2015-02-22 10:03

Al Jazeera America

'Extreme conservation' saves mountain gorillas from extinction
Al Jazeera America
When American primatologist Dian Fossey was mysteriously murdered in her research camp in Rwanda in 1985, the global mountain gorilla population was estimated at 540. ... All mountain gorillas live in only two high-altitude forests in equatorial Africa ...