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How the Hottest Biotech Sprouted in Iowa - Nasdaq

Sun, 2015-04-12 19:47

Nasdaq

How the Hottest Biotech Sprouted in Iowa
Nasdaq
NewLink Genetics Corp. has recruited scientists from around the world to work in laboratories nestled between Iowa State University and crop fields. The company's ... The company's success so far, including the signing of lucrative research ...

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Volunteers helping study climate change in Joshua Tree - The Desert Sun

Sun, 2015-04-12 16:06

The Desert Sun

Volunteers helping study climate change in Joshua Tree
The Desert Sun
But the rest of the researchers were "citizen scientists" – volunteers from Maine, Minnesota and Canada who signed up through the Earthwatch Institute to support a week of scientific research in the desert. The volunteers have .... Panelists include ...

Politics, red tape 'turning EU clean energy into zombie industry' - Financial Times

Sun, 2015-04-12 13:06

Financial Times

Politics, red tape 'turning EU clean energy into zombie industry'
Financial Times
Renewables investment is already surging in countries such as South Africa, which launched an ambitious drive to build more green power plants nearly three years ago. In the first quarter of this year, the country posted the strongest growth in ...

Field research mishaps: Bugs, borders and broken trucks - Columbus Dispatch

Sun, 2015-04-12 11:56

Columbus Dispatch

Field research mishaps: Bugs, borders and broken trucks
Columbus Dispatch
Researchers are robbed; attacked by plants, insects and animals; sickened by Third World diseases; pummeled by natural disasters; hampered by mechanical failures; injured in plane crashes; and even mistaken for Satanists. ... And they can read ...

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Tigers steal the show at Fujairah circus - The National

Sun, 2015-04-12 10:01

Tigers steal the show at Fujairah circus
The National
Highlights included tigers jumping on benches, rolling over like dogs and responding to commands from their handler — who fed the animals pieces of meat from a stick held in his mouth. ... “We went to places that had never hosted a circus before ...

Profit from plunge: Dropping oil prices drive energy mergers - Longview News-Journal

Sun, 2015-04-12 09:00

Longview News-Journal

Profit from plunge: Dropping oil prices drive energy mergers
Longview News-Journal
"The long-term expectation is for a resumption of rapid growth because of fundamentals and in response to current low prices," said Christopher Goncalves, head of the energy practice at Berkeley Research Group, a consulting firm based in Washington.

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Tallahassee travelers go hunting with the Hadza - Tallahassee.com

Sun, 2015-04-12 03:36

Tallahassee.com

Tallahassee travelers go hunting with the Hadza
Tallahassee.com
Imagine not being able to eat every day until you kill an animal or find plants to eat. In Tanzania there is a group of ... When we got back to camp, one of the men used his fire stick to start a fire to cook the animal. It was amazing to see how fast ...

Minnesota's food expertise reaches across the ocean - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sat, 2015-04-11 21:31

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minnesota's food expertise reaches across the ocean
Minneapolis Star Tribune
General Mills and Cargill workers are spearheading Partners in Food Solutions, an effort to improve food production and distribution in Africa. hide. A worker milled ... But Classic is looking for a way to turn byproducts — the corn germ and hull ...

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First Person: Hanging out with Africa's elephants - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sat, 2015-04-11 19:59

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

First Person: Hanging out with Africa's elephants
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ms. Rankin founded WWW 17 years ago and has since dedicated herself to empowering women in Africa by supporting art and craft collectives, providing scholarships for girls' education and engaging women in conservation of endangered animals. We stayed ...
The Colossus of Existence: Why the Elephant Is InvaluableThe Epoch Times

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Seeds of hope - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Sat, 2015-04-11 12:14

Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Seeds of hope
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
"I've seen how this opportunity is almost therapeutic for these students," said Bridges, a graduate of Champaign Central High School and the University of Illinois who came back home after Peace Corps work in Africa and, later, gave up a local full ...

Ebola vaccine worked in monkeys prospective drug target located - The Current

Sat, 2015-04-11 08:13

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Ebola vaccine worked in monkeys prospective drug target located
The Current
"These findings pave the way for the identification and manufacture of safer, single-dose, high-efficacy vaccine(s) to combat existing and future filovirus outbreaks in Africa and their use as biological weapons." In a separate development against ...
Second-generation Ebola vaccines show promise in animal studyCIDRAP
Two New Ebola Vaccines Have Successfully Passed Critical TestsTech Times
2 New Ebola Vaccines Pass Important Early Test, Researchers SayNew York Times
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Florida takes aim at cat-eating African lizards - Phys.Org

Sat, 2015-04-11 05:06

Phys.Org

Florida takes aim at cat-eating African lizards
Phys.Org
"Monitors are not innately aggressive but like any wild animal they may defend themselves if aggravated or threatened." Other non-native creatures that have made Florida home include Burmese pythons and lionfish, which scientists have labeled invasive ...

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Circus elephant sanctuary 'like “Jurassic Park” with a happy ending,' owner says - wtkr.com

Fri, 2015-04-10 23:34

wtkr.com

Circus elephant sanctuary 'like “Jurassic Park” with a happy ending,' owner says
wtkr.com
The center is also focused on breeding the animals. Wendy Kiso, a research and conservation scientist, spends her days at an onsite lab, trying to figure out how to keep the species from going extinct. Part of her lab includes several tanks that “cryo ...

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Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A] - Scientific American (blog)

Fri, 2015-04-10 19:41

Scientific American (blog)

Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]
Scientific American (blog)
The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. Email Print ... Caylor discussed the environmental monitoring system at the February 2015 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of ...

The Economist explains - The Economist (blog)

Fri, 2015-04-10 17:18

The Economist explains
The Economist (blog)
In the year after Tambora's eruption, scientists estimate the stratosphere's sulphate veil caused a three percent drop in rainfall and cooled the planet by one degree Celsius. That is a temperature drop in one year twice as large as the long-term ...

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Researchers Set Sail On Scientific Voyage - AllAfrica.com

Fri, 2015-04-10 15:42

Researchers Set Sail On Scientific Voyage
AllAfrica.com
During the voyage, scientists from the Department of Environmental Affairs Oceans and Coasts Research Unit as well as from various universities in South Africa will jointly continue to monitor oceanographic processes, both physical and chemical changes ...
S/African researchers sail off on scientific voyage in Antarctic OceanStarAfrica.com

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Planet Earth is actually getting greener — but that might not be a good thing - Washington Post

Fri, 2015-04-10 07:34

Planet Earth is actually getting greener — but that might not be a good thing
Washington Post
As they expected, the scientists found increased forestation in China — where billions of trees have been planted since the 1980s — and Eastern Europe, where industry and logging have generally declined since the fall of the Soviet Union. Researchers ...

From mouse to man: safety, immunogenicity and efficacy of a candidate ... - Nature.com

Fri, 2015-04-10 07:23

From mouse to man: safety, immunogenicity and efficacy of a candidate ...
Nature.com
Two Leishmania proteins—nucleoside hydrolase and a sterol 24-c-methyltransferase, each of which are protective in animal models of VL when properly adjuvanted— were produced as a single recombinant fusion protein NS (LEISH-F3) for ease of antigen ...

Ghana oil refinery breakdown a symbol of economic woes - Yahoo News

Fri, 2015-04-10 07:22

Yahoo News

Ghana oil refinery breakdown a symbol of economic woes
Yahoo News
ACCRA (Reuters) - When it opened in 1963, Ghana's oil refinery symbolized pride and hope for the first African country to escape colonial rule. Now the plant stands idle in a sign of the economic shadow that has crept over one of the continent's ...
Ghana'oil woes and sagging economyThe Africa Report

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Photosynthesis upgrade proposed to raise crop yields - SciDev.Net

Fri, 2015-04-10 07:06

Photosynthesis upgrade proposed to raise crop yields
SciDev.Net
... by 2050, the world is predicted to require 85 per cent more staple food crops than were produced in 2013. It warns that yield gains from last century's Green Revolution are stagnating as traditional approaches to genetic improvement reach ...

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