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No Animal Need Be a Lone Wolf: The Simple Solution to Saving Endangered ... - Yahoo News

Fri, 2014-12-12 19:02

No Animal Need Be a Lone Wolf: The Simple Solution to Saving Endangered ...
Yahoo News
These survivors—tigers in India, red wolves in North Carolina, the kakapo parrot in New Zealand, African wild dogs in South Africa, and countless other species—inevitably experience inbreeding and reduced fitness, a recipe for extinction ...

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New Plant Breeding Academy Graduates To Improve Africa's 'Orphan' Crops - EIN News (press release)

Fri, 2014-12-12 16:56

New Plant Breeding Academy Graduates To Improve Africa's 'Orphan' Crops
EIN News (press release)
(NAIROBI, Kenya, December 11, 2014) --- The African Plant Breeding Academy, run by the University of California, Davis, in collaboration with Mars Incorporated and their global partners, today graduated its first class of plant breeders in Nairobi ...

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African tree toads, smalltongue toads, four-digit toads, red-backed toads: yes ... - Scientific American (blog)

Fri, 2014-12-12 16:12

Scientific American (blog)

African tree toads, smalltongue toads, four-digit toads, red-backed toads: yes ...
Scientific American (blog)
The African tree toads of the genus Nectophryne (the name 'African tree toads' is also used for species in the genus Nectophrynoides as well) are small, poorly known rainforest toads. Hardly any information is available on them bar the fact that they ...

Why Africa should embrace crop biotechnology - Genetic Literacy Project

Fri, 2014-12-12 15:02

Why Africa should embrace crop biotechnology
Genetic Literacy Project
Another form of genetic engineering is when the transfer of genes is done within the same species resulting in what is called a cisgenic plant. The only difference with cross pollination is that half the genes of one parent combines randomly with half ...

South African breeders buck the system - Mail & Guardian Online

Fri, 2014-12-12 04:50

Mail & Guardian Online

South African breeders buck the system
Mail & Guardian Online
“It's like the Kruger National Park announcing that they plan to bring in lechwe or sitatunga from Botswana,” said scientist Petri Viljoen, a South African member of the antelope specialist group. ... The Kissama Foundation, which has advised the ...

Genetic Analysis Shows That Fin-Eating Fish Are Complete Assholes - io9

Thu, 2014-12-11 22:22

Genetic Analysis Shows That Fin-Eating Fish Are Complete Assholes
io9
Some freshwater fish in sub-Saharan Africa have evolved this nasty habit where they bite off and eat the fins of other fish. DNA barcoding now shows these things are nastier and far more indiscriminate than we thought. This behavior is exceptionally ...

New plant breeding academy graduates to improve Africa's 'orphan' crops - UC Davis

Thu, 2014-12-11 22:16

New plant breeding academy graduates to improve Africa's 'orphan' crops
UC Davis
The African Plant Breeding Academy, run by the University of California, Davis, in collaboration with Mars Incorporated and their global partners, today graduated its first class of plant breeders in Nairobi, Kenya. The academy, a program of the ...

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No Single Country Can Solve Climate Change - Huffington Post

Thu, 2014-12-11 21:58

Fox News

No Single Country Can Solve Climate Change
Huffington Post
Extensive regions from southern Africa and New Zealand to Brazil and the western United States are experiencing record droughts. Farmers are slaughtering animals because they don't have enough food and water to keep them alive. Other regions are ...
Remarks on Climate Change at COP-20US Department of State (press release)
The need for smarter, better targeted climate financeSciDev.Net
Carbon: problem … and solutionThe Tablet (subscription)

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The genetics of resistant malaria - Science Careers Blog (subscription)

Thu, 2014-12-11 19:08

The genetics of resistant malaria
Science Careers Blog (subscription)
This week, two papers online in Science offer new insights into the genes behind the threat. One helps explain which genetic changes allow the parasites to survive the drug (http://scim.ag/JStraimer). The other details how the mutations protect the ...

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South African academic calls for African universities to resist the priorities ... - Inside Higher Ed

Thu, 2014-12-11 08:15

South African academic calls for African universities to resist the priorities ...
Inside Higher Ed
“There is a major debate in South Africa about whether we have any African universities or just universities located in South Africa,” said Makgoba, an immunologist and expert on HIV vaccine research. “Universities must derive their inspiration from ...

The emergence of science hacking in Madagascar - Boing Boing

Wed, 2014-12-10 21:55

Boing Boing

The emergence of science hacking in Madagascar
Boing Boing
The next morning, I met with the Science Hack Day organizers who were darting around to get the venue ready for the arrival of Madame Rasoazananera Marie Monique, the "Ministre de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique", who I learned ...

Coffee berry borer found on Waialua coffee farms - KHON2

Wed, 2014-12-10 21:18

KHON2

Coffee berry borer found on Waialua coffee farms
KHON2
It was discovered by personnel from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service – Daniel K. Inouye Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center while conducting a study on the flowering of coffee through a grant from HDOA. ... In ...

Chilean Patagonian Expedition to Foster Stewardship of the Unique Cape Horn ... - National Geographic

Wed, 2014-12-10 20:09

National Geographic

Chilean Patagonian Expedition to Foster Stewardship of the Unique Cape Horn ...
National Geographic
"This isn't your typical boardroom meeting of industry and science," said Isabel Behncke, a Chilean primatologist who flew in from Oxford, England, to join the trip. ... The team consisted of some 30 leaders from various sectors of Chilean society ...

Combating the African Wildlife Trade in China - Newsweek - Europe

Wed, 2014-12-10 17:32

Newsweek - Europe

Combating the African Wildlife Trade in China
Newsweek - Europe
The show, developed in conjunction with the environmental non-governmental organization WildAid, depicts the Chinese basketball player Yao Ming meeting with wildlife conservationists to discuss the future of African elephants and rhinoceroses. The ...

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Rhino species to die unless science can help after Czech-to-Kenya effort fails ... - U.S. News & World Report

Wed, 2014-12-10 15:41

U.S. News & World Report

Rhino species to die unless science can help after Czech-to-Kenya effort fails ...
U.S. News & World Report
In this photo taken Dec. 2, keeper Mohamed Doyo walks with female northern white rhino Fatu as she is let out of her pen to graze, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The keepers of three of the last six northern white rhinos on Earth said Wednesday ...

The Scientists - TIME

Wed, 2014-12-10 14:11

The Scientists
TIME
I was a virologist, and I was working at U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in western Maryland, not far from where I grew up. At the time, the only ... I'm not the kind of scientist who sits at a desk. I've got to ...

Rhino species to die unless science can help - STLtoday.com

Wed, 2014-12-10 13:18

STLtoday.com

Rhino species to die unless science can help
STLtoday.com
OL PEJETA, Kenya (AP) — The task was never going to be easy: Fly four highly endangered rhinos from a Czech Republic zoo to East Africa, drive them to the savannah grasses of Mount Kenya and hope that the natural environment helps produce a calf, ...

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Lima climate talks: pledge to plant 20m hectares of trees - The Guardian

Tue, 2014-12-09 17:33

The Guardian

Lima climate talks: pledge to plant 20m hectares of trees
The Guardian
Until now, Africa has taken the lead to restore degraded land. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has committed to restoring 8m hectares and Ethiopia 22m hectares or about 22% of its land mass. Mexico, which has over 40m hectares of degraded land, ...

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Nature's Dark Side: Symbiotic Relationships Can Produce Vampire Birds - io9

Tue, 2014-12-09 16:06

io9

Nature's Dark Side: Symbiotic Relationships Can Produce Vampire Birds
io9
The bird notices that if it pecks at a wound, or even pecks too hard on healthy flesh and breaks the skin of an animal, it will still get nutrition. Sometimes it might get shooed away, or even killed. ... This is what scientists think happened to two ...

Paul Allen donates $100M to start cell research institute - 4029tv

Tue, 2014-12-09 14:09

4029tv

Paul Allen donates $100M to start cell research institute
4029tv
He said the Allen Institute for Cell Science will investigate and model the complex workings of cells in a way that scientists have not been able to do previously, creating a visual database and animated models of cell parts. ... complexity of cell ...

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