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Africa's northern white rhino shouldn't be resurrected 'Jurassic Park-style' - The Independent

Wed, 2018-04-11 23:04

The Independent

Africa's northern white rhino shouldn't be resurrected 'Jurassic Park-style'
The Independent
Sudan was the last surviving male northern white rhinoceros, a subspecies known to scientists as Ceratotherium simum cottoni that went extinct in the wild about 20 years ago thanks to poaching. He was captured and removed from the wild in 1975, the ...

Finger bone points to ancient migration from Africa - Washington Post

Wed, 2018-04-11 21:17

Washington Post

Finger bone points to ancient migration from Africa
Washington Post
The bone, from an adult, was found in 2016 about 340 miles southeast of the Sinai Peninsula. Study author Michael Petraglia of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany says the ancient people probably left Africa through the ...
An 88000-Year-Old Middle Finger May Change What We Know About Human MigrationMental Floss

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Bill Gates says it would be a “tragedy” not to take advantage of CRISPR gene-editing - Quartz

Wed, 2018-04-11 17:03

Quartz

Bill Gates says it would be a “tragedy” not to take advantage of CRISPR gene-editing
Quartz
In an piece for Foreign Affairs published yesterday (April 10), Gates outlined the case for using CRISPR and other gene-editing techniques on a global scale to meet growing demand for food and to improve disease prevention, particularly for malaria ...

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Exclusive: Fatal Disease Likely Found in Lion Cubs for First Time - National Geographic

Wed, 2018-04-11 15:29

National Geographic

Exclusive: Fatal Disease Likely Found in Lion Cubs for First Time
National Geographic
In 2016, four lion cubs at South Africa's Sabi Sands, a private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park, mysteriously fell ill. The cubs became sluggish, experts say, withering away into weak, depressed husks. Slowly, they lost the ability to move ...

Forest plants on the edge of existence in tropical Africa - Phys.Org

Wed, 2018-04-11 13:16

Phys.Org

Forest plants on the edge of existence in tropical Africa
Phys.Org
Already published are two papers on the evolution of Detarioideae, one in New Phytologist and the other in the International Journal of Plant Sciences. "GLDAFRICA focused on the subfamily Detarioideae from west Africa. The next step is to expand this ...

Forest plants on the edge of existence in tropical Africa - ICT Results

Wed, 2018-04-11 01:38

ICT Results

Forest plants on the edge of existence in tropical Africa
ICT Results
Already published are two papers on the evolution of Detarioideae, one in New Phytologist and the other in the International Journal of Plant Sciences. “GLDAFRICA focused on the subfamily Detarioideae from west Africa. The next step is to expand this ...

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Dr. Samuel K Wasser Receives Prestigious Albert Schweitzer Medal - Animal Welfare Institute (press release)

Tue, 2018-04-10 23:42

UW Today

Dr. Samuel K Wasser Receives Prestigious Albert Schweitzer Medal
Animal Welfare Institute (press release)
Dr. Wasser currently holds the endowed chair in Conservation Biology at the University of Washington, where he is a professor in the Department of Biology and director of the Center for Conservation Biology. In 1951, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a famed ...
UW's Samuel Wasser receives prestigious Albert Schweitzer MedalUW Today

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Did deforestation cause the Ebola outbreak? - New Internationalist

Tue, 2018-04-10 17:59

New Internationalist

Did deforestation cause the Ebola outbreak?
New Internationalist
More specifically, scientists have recently discovered that an outbreak of Ebola is most likely to strike villages in Sub-Saharan Africa that are near areas that have experienced deforestation within the previous two years, a finding which could have ...

How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps? Experts Finally Have Answers - Live Science

Tue, 2018-04-10 17:52

Live Science

How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps? Experts Finally Have Answers
Live Science
[Beasts in Battle: 15 Amazing Animal Recruits in War]. In 218 B.C., when the crossing took place, the powerful nations of Carthage and Rome were at each other's throats. To defeat the Romans, Hannibal did the unthinkable — he led an army through a ...

Agricultural specialist points to Africa as food model - The Varsity News

Tue, 2018-04-10 17:46

Agricultural specialist points to Africa as food model
The Varsity News
Americans need to bring food and farming back to the local level, an agricultural specialist told a Detroit Mercy audience March 29. In a talk about farming in Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Carol Thompson, a Northern Arizona University professor, spoke of ...

Biopharming: new frontier for affordable medicines - Lexology

Tue, 2018-04-10 16:45

Biopharming: new frontier for affordable medicines
Lexology
The South African government has focused on biopharming as a means of developing the bioeconomy for more than a decade. Biopharming was one of the 'grand challenges' of the Department of Science and Technology's 10-Year Innovation Plan. Accordingly, a ...

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UPDATE 3-Hydro denies Brazil alumina plant contaminated local environment - Reuters Africa

Tue, 2018-04-10 00:22

UPDATE 3-Hydro denies Brazil alumina plant contaminated local environment
Reuters Africa
Hydro reiterated on Monday it would improve the plant's water treatment. “Both reports confirm our previous statements that there was no overflow from the bauxite residue deposit areas, as well as no indication or evidence of contamination to nearby ...

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Ancient middle finger found in Saudi Arabia to reshape history of human migration - UPI.com

Mon, 2018-04-09 18:53

UPI.com

Ancient middle finger found in Saudi Arabia to reshape history of human migration
UPI.com
Researchers measured ratios of radioactive elements in the finger bone and compared the ratios to those found in animal fossils with confirmed dates. The analysis confirmed the age of the human fossil, the oldest found in Arabia. "This discovery for ...

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85000-Year-Old Finger Bone May Rewrite the Story of Human Migration Out of Africa - Live Science

Mon, 2018-04-09 18:17

New Scientist

85000-Year-Old Finger Bone May Rewrite the Story of Human Migration Out of Africa
Live Science
Until now, many scientists thought that early humans left Africa about 60,000 years ago and then hugged the coastline, living off marine resources, said study senior researcher Michael Petraglia, an archaeologist at the Max Planck Institute for the ...
A finger bone from an unexpected place and time upends the story of human migration out of AfricaLos Angeles Times
Ancient finger bone may reveal humanity's path out of AfricaNew Scientist
Fossil find gives middle finger to previous understanding of human exodus from AfricaMashable
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Scientists develop macaque model to study Crimean-Congo ... - Science Daily

Mon, 2018-04-09 17:30

National Institutes of Health (press release)

Scientists develop macaque model to study Crimean-Congo ...
Science Daily
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a viral disease spread by ticks in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and parts of Europe. Infection with CCHF virus is fatal in nearly one of every three cases. No specific treatments or vaccines for CCHF exist ...
NIH scientists develop macaque model to study Crimean-Congo ...National Institutes of Health (press release)

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Research shows that rats can detect tuberculosis in children with higher accuracy than standard microscopy tests - Science Daily

Mon, 2018-04-09 17:14

Research shows that rats can detect tuberculosis in children with higher accuracy than standard microscopy tests
Science Daily
Rats are able to detect whether a child has tuberculosis (TB), and are much more successful at doing this than a commonly used basic microscopy test. These are the results of research led by Georgies Mgode of the Sokoine University of Agriculture in ...

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Finger fossil puts people in Arabia at least 86000 years ago - Science News

Mon, 2018-04-09 15:01

Science News

Finger fossil puts people in Arabia at least 86000 years ago
Science News
This new find strengthens the idea that early human dispersals out of Africa began well before the traditional estimated departure time of 60,000 years ago and extended deep into Arabia, the scientists report April 9 in Nature Ecology & Evolution ...
Saudi Arabian bone the oldest outside of Africa - The New DailyThe New Daily

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Ancient DNA changes everything we know about the evolution of elephants - The Conversation CA

Mon, 2018-04-09 13:36

The Conversation CA

Ancient DNA changes everything we know about the evolution of elephants
The Conversation CA
Then genetic analyses suggested that the African Elephant could be divided into two distinct species, the African Forest and African Savannah elephants. Now a new elephant has been added to the mix. The palaeoloxodan antiquus has been extinct for 120 ...

Science Still Bears the Fingerprints of Colonialism - Smithsonian

Mon, 2018-04-09 12:51

Smithsonian

Science Still Bears the Fingerprints of Colonialism
Smithsonian
In the words of a contemporary report, he argued that “in the coming century, the success of imperialism will depend largely upon success with the microscope.” Ross, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his malaria research, would later deny he was ...

Author Tony Park's take on African animal conservation - Daily Telegraph

Sun, 2018-04-08 14:01

Daily Telegraph

Author Tony Park's take on African animal conservation
Daily Telegraph
Park says the contrast between Kerry's law-abiding optimism and Graham's jaded and reckless attitude reflects the conflicting approaches to conservation in Africa. “They get into conflict over the best approach,” he says. “There (are) people in favour ...

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