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Chimpanzees Make Beds That Offer Them Best Night's Sleep - National Geographic

Thu, 2014-04-17 15:14

National Geographic

Chimpanzees Make Beds That Offer Them Best Night's Sleep
National Geographic
Chimps in the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve sleep in trees in part to avoid nighttime predators such as leopards or lions. For that reason, their beds have to be extremely durable, with no risk of the chimps falling out during the night. Ironwood was ...
Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality SleepKPBS

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Archaeological, genetic evidence expands views of domestication - Phys.Org

Thu, 2014-04-17 15:11

Phys.Org

Archaeological, genetic evidence expands views of domestication
Phys.Org
It is from Darwin that we inherit the ideas that domestication involved isolation of captive animals from wild species and total human control over breeding and animal care. ... Recent research on the domestication of donkeys, camelids (which includes ...
The story of animal domestication retoldScience Codex

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East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests… for now - EurekAlert (press release)

Thu, 2014-04-17 14:45

East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests… for now
EurekAlert (press release)
Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of ...

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Cape Town Global Cannabis March 2014 - News24

Thu, 2014-04-17 05:43

Cape Town Global Cannabis March 2014
News24
Cannabis has not escaped the attention of television either with M-NET's flagship investigative journalism program Carte Blanche having showcased a segment on the medical uses of the plant in their March 16 feature. ... We caught up with him to ask ...

How Yesterday's Drugs Became The Medicines Of Today - Gizmodo Australia

Thu, 2014-04-17 04:02

How Yesterday's Drugs Became The Medicines Of Today
Gizmodo Australia
On a fall day in 1689, Hooke ducked into a London coffee shop to buy a sample of cannabis from an East India Company merchant who'd become an aficionado of the plant. Hooke tested ... In other words, the same novel sensory effects that made substances ...

Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain - Centre Daily Times

Wed, 2014-04-16 21:19

Centre Daily Times

Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain
Centre Daily Times
The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain — evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report. "The source of the virus is still not known," but it ...

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East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests … for now - Penn State News

Wed, 2014-04-16 21:07

National Geographic

East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests … for now
Penn State News
According to Harland Patch, research scientist in entomology, Penn State, not only are flowering plants important for honeybees, but the insects are important for plants as well. "Honeybees are pollinators of ... People say the greatest animal in ...
Honeybees in East Africa Resist Deadly PathogensNational Geographic

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Honeybees in East Africa Resist Deadly Pathogens - National Geographic

Wed, 2014-04-16 21:04

National Geographic

Honeybees in East Africa Resist Deadly Pathogens
National Geographic
A surprising finding about East African honeybees lends new hope to the fight against colony collapses in the West. Scientists have discovered that bees in Kenya have strong resistance to the same pathogens responsible for the deaths of billions of ...

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Africa's Illegal Charcoal Trade Engulfs Cheetah Habitat - National Geographic

Wed, 2014-04-16 19:40

National Geographic

Africa's Illegal Charcoal Trade Engulfs Cheetah Habitat
National Geographic
In rural northern Tanzania, an African country famous for charismatic megafauna, including free-roaming cheetah and other big cats, impoverished and under-employed Swahili villagers struggle to survive. One way to earn money and make cooking fuel is to ...

Elephant expert shares calls, images from the wild - Cornell Chronicle

Wed, 2014-04-16 17:30

Cornell Chronicle

Elephant expert shares calls, images from the wild
Cornell Chronicle
Scientists are trained to resist applying meticulous, tedious, detailed animal research to human behavior. So an April 10 briefing with journalists in Manhattan – several of whom have traveled to Africa or the Arctic Circle for reporting – drew ...

Protector of vast African park shot and wounded - CT Post

Wed, 2014-04-16 16:08

Protector of vast African park shot and wounded
CT Post
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove ...

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Amazon Trees more Vulnerable to Fires and Climate Change - News Tonight Africa

Wed, 2014-04-16 13:24

News Tonight Africa

Amazon Trees more Vulnerable to Fires and Climate Change
News Tonight Africa
Paulo Brando, a researcher from Brazil's Amazon Environmental Research Institute and the Woods Hole Research Center, US, said annual burning of trees will result in high intensity fires, wiping out lot of trees. Surprisingly, researchers found major ...
Climate experts say Amazon is susceptible to firespyghana.com
Vulnerability of Amazon trees to fire and climate combinationThe FA Daily

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Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis - MIT News

Wed, 2014-04-16 04:01

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis
MIT News
This illustration shows a possible configuration of a floating offshore nuclear plant, based on design work by Jacopo Buongiorno and others at MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Like offshore oil drilling platforms, the structure ...

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The human food connection: A new study reveals more about our relationship to ... - Phys.Org

Tue, 2014-04-15 20:51

The human food connection: A new study reveals more about our relationship to ...
Phys.Org
Like their ancestors who traveled from Europe, Africa, and Asia with favorite plants in tow, the Puerto Ricans of Hartford have maintained cuisine as an important component of their identity. Such a strong relationship to food has had a profound impact ...

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Early primate expert joins KU as Foundation Professor - Lawrence Journal World

Tue, 2014-04-15 20:44

Early primate expert joins KU as Foundation Professor
Lawrence Journal World
Chris Beard is a Kansas University distinguished Foundation Professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and a senior curator at the Biodiversity Institute. Some of Chris Beard's earliest memories are of an early fascination with animals — farm ...

The Science of Anatomy Is Undergoing a Major Revival - Huffington Post (blog)

Tue, 2014-04-15 19:43

Huffington Post (blog)

The Science of Anatomy Is Undergoing a Major Revival
Huffington Post (blog)
Only two decades ago, when I was starting my PhD studies at the University of California in Berkeley, there was talk about the death of anatomy as a research subject. That hasn't happened. Instead the science of anatomy has undergone a renaissance ...

Nigeria Planning Country's First Nuclear Power Plant - Huffington Post

Tue, 2014-04-15 15:58

Nigeria Planning Country's First Nuclear Power Plant
Huffington Post
Nigeria currently has three nuclear energy research centers in the University of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and University of Port Harcourt. In February the three centers graduated a total of six nuclear engineers. In late March, nuclear ...

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Not Everyone Needs Probiotics, Suggests Study of Hunter-Gatherer Guts - Science News

Tue, 2014-04-15 15:15

Not Everyone Needs Probiotics, Suggests Study of Hunter-Gatherer Guts
Science News
A new study of the gut bacteria of hunter-gatherers in Africa has found that they completely lack a bacterium that is a key ingredient in most probiotic foods and considered healthy. What's more, the Hadza don't suffer from colon cancer, colitis, Crohn ...

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Amazon trees vulnerable to fire and climate combination - BBC News

Tue, 2014-04-15 13:20

BBC News

Amazon trees vulnerable to fire and climate combination
BBC News
Co-author Paulo Brando, a researcher from Brazil's Amazon Environmental Research Institute and the Woods Hole Research Center, US, explained that the findings were based on data gathered from a long-running field experiment, described as the first of ...

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UPOV Approves ARIPO Draft Legislation Spreading Plant Variety Protection To ... - Intellectual Property Watch

Tue, 2014-04-15 12:35

UPOV Approves ARIPO Draft Legislation Spreading Plant Variety Protection To ...
Intellectual Property Watch
The African Regional Intellectual Property Office last week obtained a positive decision at the international level on its draft law to protect new varieties of plants. Amid protest from civil society, the regional office now has to adopt the draft law ...