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The Fight Against Elephant Poachers Is Going Commando - Smithsonian

Wed, 2016-05-18 15:23

Smithsonian

The Fight Against Elephant Poachers Is Going Commando
Smithsonian
The port of Ouesso, in the Republic of Congo, sprawls along the east bank of the Sangha River, a wide, murky stream that winds through the heart of Africa. One recent morning, a crowd gathered around a rotting dock in the harbor to gape at the sight of ...

Gridlock over Italy's Olive Tree Deaths Starts to Ease - Scientific American

Wed, 2016-05-18 14:13

Scientific American

Gridlock over Italy's Olive Tree Deaths Starts to Ease
Scientific American
From a small hill in the Puglia region of southern Italy, plant pathologist Donato Boscia gestures towards a landscape of the dullest brown—dead and dying olive trees as far as the eye can see. ... The case against containment began to unravel about ...

Genome Reveals Why Giraffes Have Long Necks - Scientific American

Wed, 2016-05-18 13:00

Scientific American

Genome Reveals Why Giraffes Have Long Necks
Scientific American
“This is one more wonderful demonstration of the power of comparative genomics to connect the evolution of animal species on this planet to molecular events that we know must underpin the extraordinary diversity of life on this planet,” says David ...
New Gene Sequencing Explains How Giraffes Got Their Iconic Long Necks | The Weather ChannelThe Weather Channel
First giraffe genome reveals the oddity behind an African iconPBS NewsHour
Giraffe genome reveals clues to sky-scraping heightScience Magazine
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Should Israel close its ageing nuclear reactor? - The Economist

Wed, 2016-05-18 09:53

The Economist

Should Israel close its ageing nuclear reactor?
The Economist
ITS CUPOLA dully glinting in the sun, across kilometres of an exclusion zone in the Negev Desert, the nuclear reactor near the Israeli town of Dimona has for decades been the subject of intense speculation. Its bland official name, the Centre for ...

Candid wildlife shots aid conservation of African wildlife - Phys.Org

Wed, 2016-05-18 09:36

Candid wildlife shots aid conservation of African wildlife
Phys.Org
Working with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, PhD candidate Lindsey installed 221 camera traps in areas of differing human impact, from a game reserve to a livestock grazing area, to find out how human activity and environmental variables ...

Gridlock over Italy's olive tree deaths starts to ease - Nature.com

Wed, 2016-05-18 07:00

Nature.com

Gridlock over Italy's olive tree deaths starts to ease
Nature.com
From a small hill in the Puglia region of southern Italy, plant pathologist Donato Boscia gestures towards a landscape of the dullest brown — dead and dying olive trees as far as the eye can see. Six months earlier, he says, that canopy was mostly ...

Scientists tell Congress genetically engineered food is safe - Food Safety News

Wed, 2016-05-18 05:02

Food Safety News

Scientists tell Congress genetically engineered food is safe
Food Safety News
... as any other. Now in 400-page report released Tuesday, the prestigious National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine has found — based on 900 studies and reviews of the disease data out there — that there is no evidence of human health ...
New report on GE crops avoids simple answers -- and that's the point, study members sayThe Conversation US

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Gulf Coast petrochemical boom contributing to global plastics glut - Houston Chronicle

Wed, 2016-05-18 04:00

Houston Chronicle

Gulf Coast petrochemical boom contributing to global plastics glut
Houston Chronicle
The Gulf Coast petrochemical boom and an expansion of the industry in China are leading to an oversupply of the world's two most common plastics, polyethylene and polypropylene, according to a new report from the IHS research firm. As a result, IHS ...

To Understand the Illegal Ivory Trade, Replace 'Elephant' With 'Cocaine' - Fortune

Wed, 2016-05-18 00:15

Fortune

To Understand the Illegal Ivory Trade, Replace 'Elephant' With 'Cocaine'
Fortune
Christy, whose story appeared in a National Geographic cover story last fall, tracked the movement of the animal good around Africa to reveal how its traffickers' dealings finance terrorism in the country. He spoke about the origins of the ...

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Not Doomed Yet: For Several Hours, the UK Glimpses a Coal-Free World - The Atlantic

Tue, 2016-05-17 19:17

The Atlantic

Not Doomed Yet: For Several Hours, the UK Glimpses a Coal-Free World
The Atlantic
It lives here in the science section; you can also get it in your inbox: Enter your ... This week, it happened in the United Kingdom, whose coal-fired power plants generated no electricity for several multi-hour spans. As far as ... The U.K. just uses ...

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80 African Rhinos May Fly To Australia To Escape Poachers - Huffington Post

Tue, 2016-05-17 15:26

Huffington Post

80 African Rhinos May Fly To Australia To Escape Poachers
Huffington Post
Ray Dearlove, a retired South African sales executive, hopes to airlift 80 rhinos from South Africa to Australia in the next four years, in an attempt to save the species from poaching. His organization, called The Australian Rhino Project, aims to ...
African rhinos to be flown to Australia to escape poachersThe Japan Times

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First giraffe genome reveals the oddity behind an African icon - PBS NewsHour

Tue, 2016-05-17 15:15

PBS NewsHour

First giraffe genome reveals the oddity behind an African icon
PBS NewsHour
The giraffe is an oddball, both outside and in. By sequencing the giraffe's genome for the first time, researchers have learned that the animal's extraordinary external features are matched by wild genetic traits buried inside its cells. The genome ...
Genome Reveals Why Giraffes Have Long NecksScientific American
Giraffe genome reveals clues to sky-scraping heightScience Magazine
Why giraffes have long necks: first genome sequencing offers some cluesZME Science
The Independent
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Dog sex cancer's global march mapped in DNA - BBC News

Tue, 2016-05-17 00:17

BBC News

Dog sex cancer's global march mapped in DNA
BBC News
By Jonathan Webb Science reporter, BBC News. 7 hours ago ... An international team led by Cambridge scientists mapped its progress based on DNA from 449 tumours in 39 countries. ... The findings, reported in the open access journal eLife, are based on ...

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Rwanda Inaugurates Groundbreaking Methane Power Project - MIT Technology Review

Mon, 2016-05-16 20:29

MIT Technology Review

Rwanda Inaugurates Groundbreaking Methane Power Project
MIT Technology Review
First-of-its-kind project to extract gas—and avert catastrophe—comes online on Central Africa's Lake Kivu. by Jonathan W. Rosen; May 16, 2016 ... Now, with the launch of Kivu's first large-scale gas-to-power plant, the endeavor has reached a major ...

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How a warming Arctic threatens one shorebird at the other end of its migration - Alaska Dispatch News

Mon, 2016-05-16 18:12

Alaska Dispatch News

How a warming Arctic threatens one shorebird at the other end of its migration
Alaska Dispatch News
"Juvenile red knots that we caught along the Baltic Coast while on their way to West Africa were smaller and had shorter bills after warm Arctic summers," said Jan van Gils, a researcher at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, who was ...
Shrinking shorebird pays the bill for rapid Arctic warming while wintering in the tropicsSpace Daily

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MIT Scientists: "Great Oxygenation Event Started as Early as 2.3 Billion Years Ago Leading to Complex Life" - The Daily Galaxy (blog)

Mon, 2016-05-16 16:18

The Daily Galaxy (blog)

MIT Scientists: "Great Oxygenation Event Started as Early as 2.3 Billion Years Ago Leading to Complex Life"
The Daily Galaxy (blog)
MIT scientists say that the Great Oxygenation Event (GOE), a period that scientists believe marked the beginning of oxygen's permanent presence in the atmosphere, started as early as 2.33 billion years ago, buiulding up in just 10 million years. ... In ...

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Farms a major source of air pollution, study finds - Science Daily

Mon, 2016-05-16 15:20

EurekAlert (press release)

Farms a major source of air pollution, study finds
Science Daily
Emissions from farms outweigh all other human sources of fine-particulate air pollution in much of the United States, Europe, Russia and China, according to new research. The culprit: fumes from nitrogen-rich fertilizers and animal waste combine in the ...
Farms have become a major air-pollution sourceEurekAlert (press release)

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How rapid urbanisation is changing the profile of wildlife in cities - Huffington Post

Mon, 2016-05-16 14:18

Huffington Post

How rapid urbanisation is changing the profile of wildlife in cities
Huffington Post
There is still a clear research gap in understanding the mechanisms and impact of urbanisation on wildlife, specifically in Africa. The unprecedented rate of current urbanisation poses a major threat to biodiversity. It presents one of the biggest ...

As Drought Grips South Africa, A Conflict Over Water and Coal - Yale Environment 360

Mon, 2016-05-16 12:34

Yale Environment 360

As Drought Grips South Africa, A Conflict Over Water and Coal
Yale Environment 360
Higher temperatures and diminished rainfall, which many scientists attribute to climate change are wreaking havoc in two of South Africa's largest economic sectors — agriculture and energy. Yet in the face of this growing crisis, South Africa's ...

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What this gorgeous cloud atlas reveals about the world below - Washington Post

Mon, 2016-05-16 10:40

Washington Post

What this gorgeous cloud atlas reveals about the world below
Washington Post
In capturing images of Earth, satellites typically have one big obstacle: clouds. On average, about 67 percent of the Earth's surface is covered in clouds, making it difficult or impossible to track activity on the ground below. Many satellite ...

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