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The week's odd news: Blue-colored red king crab caught, man claims African ... - Appleton Post Crescent

Sat, 2014-07-19 17:14

ABC News

The week's odd news: Blue-colored red king crab caught, man claims African ...
Appleton Post Crescent
Shelia Carapico, a professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, says Heaton would not have political control over the land without legal recognition from neighboring countries, the United Nations or other ...
Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in AlaskaWisconsin Rapids Tribune
This week's odd news: Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in AlaskaSt. Cloud Times

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Wheat Genetic Sequence Mapping was Successful - The Utah People's Post

Fri, 2014-07-18 19:57

The Utah People's Post

Wheat Genetic Sequence Mapping was Successful
The Utah People's Post
Hard to believe that the first time that a complete map of the genetic sequence of wheat was accomplished in 2014, but in fact a recent study has only now been published. Conducted by Prof. Jorge Dubcovsky's team, the project took place at the ...
Cracking the Wheat Genome: Expect Better Bread in the FutureNews Tonight Africa

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Slimy invaders, giant snails: Q&A with mollusk expert Ellen Strong - Smithsonian Science

Fri, 2014-07-18 19:35

Smithsonian Science

Slimy invaders, giant snails: Q&A with mollusk expert Ellen Strong
Smithsonian Science
It is one of the world's most destructive invasive species, and possibly the slimiest. Thirty-five pounds of live African giant snails (Achatina fulica) were stopped this month by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents at the Los Angeles Airport. The ...

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Please Discuss: 'Gene Drives,' Sci-Fi Scary Or Cool Leap Forward? - WBUR

Fri, 2014-07-18 18:07

Please Discuss: 'Gene Drives,' Sci-Fi Scary Or Cool Leap Forward?
WBUR
If this is your kind of spectator sport, it's time to learn about gene drives, a powerful new genetic technology that basically flips Charles Darwin on his head, allowing a sort of artificial selection to help chosen genes come to dominate in a ...

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The Human Skull That Challenges the Out of Africa Theory - The Epoch Times

Fri, 2014-07-18 17:48

The Human Skull That Challenges the Out of Africa Theory
The Epoch Times
150,000-Year-Old Pipes Baffle Scientists in China: Out of Place in Time? Dog Digs Up Ancient ... In "Beyond Science" Epoch Times collects stories about these strange phenomena to stimulate the imagination and open up previously undreamed of ...

Bye, Bye OJ? The World's Citrus Is Being Destroyed -- Here's What Scientists ... - Business Insider Australia

Fri, 2014-07-18 17:18

Business Insider Australia

Bye, Bye OJ? The World's Citrus Is Being Destroyed -- Here's What Scientists ...
Business Insider Australia
“It's horrible — it's a disaster,” says Fred Gmitter, a professor of horticulture science at the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center. It might be time to kiss your OJ goodbye, unless science steps in to save the day. At least 70 ...

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Burlington teen helping orphaned rhinos in Africa - InsideHalton.com

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:56

Burlington teen helping orphaned rhinos in Africa
InsideHalton.com
Over the next two weeks she'll be helping take care of orphaned and injured rhinos, hippos, white lions and antelopes, as well as sitting in on educational seminars about large animals at the internationally recognized centre. After a long two-day ...

Bugs may have made us brainy - Science News for Students

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:10

Science News for Students

Bugs may have made us brainy
Science News for Students
Such tasks might include searching for yummy bugs hiding under tree bark and in rock crevices. Eating bugs probably also gave early primates a brain boost. Bugs are chock-full of essential fats and nutrients that help keep brains functioning properly.

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Why So Many Domesticated Mammals Have Floppy Ears - io9

Thu, 2014-07-17 22:21

Why So Many Domesticated Mammals Have Floppy Ears
io9
A paper published this week in the journal Genetics poses a new explanation as to why so many domesticated animals have such a similar set of traits. Adam Wilkins, from South Africa's Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study, and colleagues propose ...

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Animal "Protection" Groups Doing Little to Protect African Elephants - StarAfrica.com

Thu, 2014-07-17 21:25

Animal "Protection" Groups Doing Little to Protect African Elephants
StarAfrica.com
The report, “A Stampede of Hypocrisy: How Animal Rights Activists Poach Elephant Donations,” counters the high-profile propaganda campaign against the sustainable and highly regulated hunting of African elephants, which activists use to push their ...

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Abolishing Tsetse Fly, Carrier of Deadly Sleeping Sickness - Nature World News

Thu, 2014-07-17 20:02

Science World Report

Abolishing Tsetse Fly, Carrier of Deadly Sleeping Sickness
Nature World News
The tsetse fly of Africa is a carrier of the deadly sleeping sickness, and ecologist Steven L. Peck from Brigham Young University is working to abolish this fatal nuisance in order to stop the disease in its tracks. (Photo : Geoffrey M. Attardo ...
Eradicating Fatal Sleeping Sickness: Researchers Target Tsetse Flies Across ...Science World Report
Eradicating fatal sleeping sickness by killing off the tsetse flyScience Codex
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Giant Global “Chimney” Could Alter Climate Change - Scientific American

Thu, 2014-07-17 17:11

Giant Global “Chimney” Could Alter Climate Change
Scientific American
Hundreds of years after humans mastered the art of chimney venting so they could heat their houses, scientists have undertaken a major research project to better understand how Earth's atmosphere uses it's very own version of a chimney. ... So, the ...

Prehistoric teeth show people ate medicinal weeds - Futurity: Research News

Thu, 2014-07-17 16:24

Toronto Star

Prehistoric teeth show people ate medicinal weeds
Futurity: Research News
... their relationship with plants. The research suggests that prehistoric people living in Central Sudan may have understood both the nutritional and medicinal qualities of many plants, including the purple nut sedge (Cyperus rotundus), regarded as a ...
Prehistoric Plaque Reveals What Early Humans AteHuffington Post
Tooth Tales: Prehistoric Plaque Reveals Early Humans Ate WeedsLiveScience.com

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NRSC Aide Gets Hot Under Collar Over Todd Akin Interview - Daily Caller

Thu, 2014-07-17 15:37

NRSC Aide Gets Hot Under Collar Over Todd Akin Interview
Daily Caller
gm11/061103 - Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., at a Africa Agriculture/Biotechnology/Research Subcommittee hearing on "Plant Biotechnology Research and Development in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities." Tweet. Let's be honest. NRSC strategist Brad ...

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Meet the woman who talks to the animals - Hackney Gazette

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:58

Hackney Gazette

Meet the woman who talks to the animals
Hackney Gazette
... talks to the animals. Lucy Cooke with a meerkat at the Kuruman River Reserve, Kalahari, South Africa. ... The zoologist and explorer travelled around the globe meeting scientists who have devoted their lives to cracking the animal code for a BBC ...

Room for a little one? Spectacular images reveal the incredible mass migration ... - Daily Mail

Thu, 2014-07-17 11:25

Daily Mail

Room for a little one? Spectacular images reveal the incredible mass migration ...
Daily Mail
Amazingly, this type of behaviour isn't specific to a few types of animals and can be seen across the entire wildlife spectrum, including birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects and crustaceans. ... A spectacular mass migration sight is ...

Tooth plaque provides unique insights into our prehistoric ancestors' diet - Phys.Org

Wed, 2014-07-16 18:00

Phys.Org

Tooth plaque provides unique insights into our prehistoric ancestors' diet
Phys.Org
The research was carried out at Al Khiday, a pre-historic site on the White Nile in Central Sudan. It demonstrates that for at least 7,000 years, beginning before the development of agriculture and continuing after agricultural plants were also ...
The real Stone Age diet: Our ancestors cooked on barbecues - but had side ...Daily Mail
Tooth Tales: Prehistoric Plaque Reveals Early Humans Ate WeedsLiveScience.com

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American plans to use 'his' piece of Africa for advancement of science - The Guardian

Wed, 2014-07-16 16:43

The Guardian

American plans to use 'his' piece of Africa for advancement of science
The Guardian
In June, he flew to Egypt and made a 14-hour journey through the desert to plant a flag (designed and made by his three children over the course of “a few dinners”) in the earth at Bir Tawil, laying claim to it on behalf of him and his family. “It has ...
American man plants flag in unclaimed African land, declares daughter princess ...Dose.ca
Jeremiah Heaton plants flag in unclaimed Bir Tawil land so daughter Emily, 7 ...WLS-TV
The Virginia Man Who Crowned Himself King In Africa Is Much More Serious ...Business Insider

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Desert Dust Feeds Deep Ocean Life - Scientific American

Wed, 2014-07-16 16:34

Scientific American

Desert Dust Feeds Deep Ocean Life
Scientific American
LONDON − Marine scientists have a better answer for why the deep ocean is blue while coastal waters are usually green, as well as a better handle on the more complex questions about the ocean's role in the absorbing all the carbon dioxide we're pumping ...

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People Really Need to Stop Bringing Giant African Land Snails Into the US - Smithsonian

Wed, 2014-07-16 16:33

People Really Need to Stop Bringing Giant African Land Snails Into the US
Smithsonian
Despite the stringent measures meant to keep America snail-free, the animals have been found in school classrooms as props for science lessons, and have been confiscated from breeders and pet stores. WikiHow has instructions on setting up an aquarium ...

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