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Jamaica to sign commercial agreement with South Africa for science and research - Jamaica Observer

Sun, 2017-12-03 17:07

Jamaica Observer

Jamaica to sign commercial agreement with South Africa for science and research
Jamaica Observer
... South Africa by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley and Director General at NCST, Professor Errol Morrison. Riley informed that the Commercial Agreement will supplement the current partnership in place for bi-lateral ...

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Forest gumption: How scientists are tapping everything from drones to pruning shears to stem global warming - Christian Science Monitor

Sun, 2017-12-03 17:01

Christian Science Monitor

Forest gumption: How scientists are tapping everything from drones to pruning shears to stem global warming
Christian Science Monitor
Cradled at the base of the Udzungwa Mountains, the Magombera is one of the most biologically diverse habitats in Africa. Many large mammals, birds, and reptiles inhabit the emerald woods, including elephants, waterbucks, buffaloes, bush pigs, wart hogs ...

'Super beans' raise hopes in hunger-prone parts of Africa - ABC News

Sun, 2017-12-03 11:00

'Super beans' raise hopes in hunger-prone parts of Africa
ABC News
"The beans have to go through certain rigorous tests before they can be released to the general public, to make sure they do actually address all the issues well and perform well in different climatic conditions," said Stanley Nkalubo, a legumes ...

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New laws set to make animal testing illegal in South Africa - BusinessTech

Sun, 2017-12-03 09:01

BusinessTech

New laws set to make animal testing illegal in South Africa
BusinessTech
Government is currently seeking public comment on a new bill which seeks to criminalise the use of animals in testing cosmetics and their ingredients. Under the Animals Protection Amendment Bill, any person who tests a cosmetic on an animal; or fails ...

Non-African partners influence research agenda – Study - University World News

Sun, 2017-12-03 04:58

Non-African partners influence research agenda – Study
University World News
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Monadnock Profile: With silent steps, Stoddard wildlife tracker stays on animals' heels - The Keene Sentinel

Sat, 2017-12-02 11:12

The Keene Sentinel

Monadnock Profile: With silent steps, Stoddard wildlife tracker stays on animals' heels
The Keene Sentinel
... by his Stoddard home and lions, leopards, elephants and rhinos in South Africa. Semmens has always loved the outdoors. As a child in North Dakota, he would sometimes follow animal tracks in the snow, but he learned most of his tracking skills as an ...

El Niño Might Speed Up Climate Change - Scientific American

Fri, 2017-12-01 11:31

Scientific American

El Niño Might Speed Up Climate Change
Scientific American
The observations are based on satellite readings of CO2, carbon monoxide (which is released by wildfires) and other factors like the fluorescence of the chlorophyll in plant tissues (which reflects growth). But scientists would want some ground ...

British royals' complicated relationship with Africa - CNN

Fri, 2017-12-01 10:35

CNN

British royals' complicated relationship with Africa
CNN
In the latter nation, he runs Sentebale, a charity he co-founded to help AIDS orphans in the nation and neighboring Botswana. William and Harry are also passionate about animal conservation, and work with several organizations that focus on saving ...

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Are Dogs Smarter Than Cats? Science Has an Answer - National Geographic

Thu, 2017-11-30 23:12

National Geographic

Are Dogs Smarter Than Cats? Science Has an Answer
National Geographic
While the researchers may have added scientific clout to a household debate about cats and dogs, their work is part of a larger effort to use neurons as one quantifiable measure of intelligence. Previous and sometimes controversial work to quantify ...

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Clinical efficacy trial of Ragon Institute-supported HIV vaccine underway in Africa - EurekAlert (press release)

Thu, 2017-11-30 17:06

Clinical efficacy trial of Ragon Institute-supported HIV vaccine underway in Africa
EurekAlert (press release)
Walker, who is the Ragon Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, explains that funding from the Ragon Institute was crucial to initial human trials of the mosaic vaccine. "This vaccine represents a remarkable example of how philanthropy can ...

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Using honey bees to protect one of Africa's best-selling liqueurs - Quartz

Thu, 2017-11-30 08:00

Quartz

Using honey bees to protect one of Africa's best-selling liqueurs
Quartz
Although there is no breakdown of which country likes its Amarula tipple the best, Canadians and Germans are both drinkers of the liqueur dubbed “the taste of Africa.” South Africa, where the drink is made, consumes about 30% of production. But humans ...

Scientists Watch Robotic Fish, Plants Acting 'Naturally' - Voice of America

Wed, 2017-11-29 21:59

Scientists Watch Robotic Fish, Plants Acting 'Naturally'
Voice of America
Scientists are using robotic devices to study the health of waters in and around Venice, Italy. The robots are designed to act like fish, other underwater creatures and plants. The scientists are working with several universities and research centers ...

Innovations targeting biological resources get funding - SciDev.Net

Wed, 2017-11-29 21:50

SciDev.Net

Innovations targeting biological resources get funding
SciDev.Net
Ecuru says that the region is rich in biological resources including insects and microorganisms. Bioeconomy addresses economic issues that focus on biotechnology research and development. BioInnovate Africa operates in six East Africa countries ...

Insecticide Resistance Spreads in Africa, Threatens Malaria Progress - Voice of America

Wed, 2017-11-29 20:27

Voice of America

Insecticide Resistance Spreads in Africa, Threatens Malaria Progress
Voice of America
The largest genetic study of mosquitoes has found their ability to resist insecticides is evolving rapidly and spreading across Africa, putting millions of people at higher risk of contracting malaria. British scientists who led the work said ...
Largest genetic study of mosquitoes reveals spread of insecticide resistance across AfricaPhys.Org

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Largest genetic study of mosquitoes reveals spread of insecticide ... - Phys.Org

Wed, 2017-11-29 18:00

Phys.Org

Largest genetic study of mosquitoes reveals spread of insecticide ...
Phys.Org
The largest ever genetic study of mosquitoes reveals the movement of insecticide resistance between different regions of Africa and finds several rapidly evolving insecticide resistance genes. Reported today (29 November) ...

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Sorry, Grumpy Cat—Study finds dogs are brainier than cats - Vanderbilt University News

Wed, 2017-11-29 15:01

Vanderbilt University News

Sorry, Grumpy Cat—Study finds dogs are brainier than cats
Vanderbilt University News
“I believe the absolute number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience ...

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Trophy hunting removes 'good genes' and raises extinction risk - BBC News

Wed, 2017-11-29 14:33

The Independent

Trophy hunting removes 'good genes' and raises extinction risk
BBC News
Hunting animals that stand out from the crowd because of their impressive horns or lustrous manes could lead to extinction, according to a study. Research predicts that removing even 5% of high-quality males risks wiping out the entire population, for ...
Hunting trophy animals could cause species extinction despite 'conservation' roleThe Independent
Trophy Hunting May Drive Extinctions, Due to Climate ChangeNational Geographic

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How the world needs to change as regions get drier - ReliefWeb

Wed, 2017-11-29 06:19

How the world needs to change as regions get drier
ReliefWeb
Dian Spear receives funding from UK's Department for International Development (DFID), Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and South Africa's Department of Science and Technology (DST). Water is likely to become scarcer in ...

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Elephant conservationists call on Canada to step up to protect endangered animals - The Globe and Mail

Wed, 2017-11-29 00:45

The Globe and Mail

Elephant conservationists call on Canada to step up to protect endangered animals
The Globe and Mail
Populations in Zambia and South Africa are stable, but elephant populations in Botswana and Zimbabwe have dropped 15 and six per cent, respectively, since 2010. Sixty-one of the elephant trophies imported into Canada between 2007 and 2014 came from ...
Dead animals are not our trophiesDaily Illini
African nations urged to end all trade in elephant ivoryeTurboNews
Trump's indecision on trophy hunting reignites heated debateMongabay.com
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Hunting trophy animals could cause species extinction despite 'conservation' role - The Independent

Wed, 2017-11-29 00:44

The Independent

Hunting trophy animals could cause species extinction despite 'conservation' role
The Independent
When hunters kill animals for trophies, they often target the biggest and the best individuals. Unfortunately, according to a new study these individuals are not only valuable to those who want their heads on walls. The importance of such animals to ...
Trophy Hunting May Drive Extinctions, Due to Climate ChangeNational Geographic
Hunting for solutions: on trophy huntingThe Hindu

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