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On the importance of elephant poop - Science News (blog)

Tue, 2015-07-28 20:59

Science News (blog)

On the importance of elephant poop
Science News (blog)
Like their brethren in Africa, Asian elephants are on the decline. The animals ... Domestic cattle and buffalo are the most likely contenders, Nitin Sekar and colleagues at Princeton University and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore note in ...

What President Obama didn't see on his trip to Africa - Brookings Institution (blog)

Tue, 2015-07-28 20:11

Brookings Institution (blog)

What President Obama didn't see on his trip to Africa
Brookings Institution (blog)
In fact, except for a few high-tech entrepreneurs in Kenya and the staff of a U.S.-sponsored food supplement plant in Ethiopia it is unlikely he saw many Africans engaged in modern, high productivity jobs at all. That is because, despite ... Four years ...
White House Notebook: Third term? Obama says no thanksseattlepi.com

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Cecil the Lion, Famous Zimbabwean Predator, Reportedly Killed by Hunter ... - Newsweek

Tue, 2015-07-28 16:32

Newsweek

Cecil the Lion, Famous Zimbabwean Predator, Reportedly Killed by Hunter ...
Newsweek
LionAid, a U.K.-based organization that supports lion research in Africa, released a statement on Monday calling for a “total moratorium on all lion trophy hunting imports into the EU from any African country unless and until verifiable independent ...
Twin Cities dentist admits killing beloved lion, thought he was acting legallyMinneapolis Star Tribune
US dentist Walter Palmer 'regrets' killing Zimbabwe lion CecilBBC News
American dentist 'deeply regrets' butchering Africa's most famous lion CecilExpress.co.uk
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Zimbabwe officials seek tourist who killed Cecil, a famous African lion - Mashable - Mashable

Mon, 2015-07-27 21:14

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Zimbabwe officials seek tourist who killed Cecil, a famous African lion - Mashable
Mashable
Cecil, who was also believed to be a part of a research project at Oxford University, didn't die until 40 hours later, when he was shot with a rifle. He was stripped of his skin and decapitated, which the hunter meant to take back to Spain. Both Cecil ...
Hunting The Hunter As Africa's Most Famous Lion Is Killed [Videos] - The InquisitrThe Inquisitr
Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter - BBC News - BBC.comBBC News
Officials searching for hunter who allegedly shot, stalked, decapitated and ...National Post
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15 Amazing Rainforests of the World (PHOTOS) - weather.com - The Weather Channel

Mon, 2015-07-27 20:54

15 Amazing Rainforests of the World (PHOTOS) - weather.com
The Weather Channel
Covering less than 2 percent of the Earth's total surface area, the world's rainforests are actually home to 50 percent of the Earth's plants and animals and act as the world's thermostat by regulating temperatures and weather patterns, according to ...

Four New Toothed Frogs Found in West Africa - Newsweek - Newsweek

Mon, 2015-07-27 18:18

Newsweek

Four New Toothed Frogs Found in West Africa - Newsweek
Newsweek
Filed Under: Tech & Science, Animals. The forests in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are such treasures of biodiversity that scientists don't yet know nearly all the species that live there. Upon taking a closer look at ...

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How the Internet of things is protecting endangered rhinos - Fortune - Fortune

Mon, 2015-07-27 17:32

Fortune

How the Internet of things is protecting endangered rhinos - Fortune
Fortune
And who knows, what it learns about tracking animals, might also be applied to tracking shipments of goods across Africa or other remote locales as well. Steve Piper, a director of Protect, said in a press release that the proof of concept research has ...

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Richard Elliott, virologist - obituary - Telegraph - Telegraph.co.uk

Mon, 2015-07-27 17:30

Telegraph.co.uk

Richard Elliott, virologist - obituary - Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk
Scientist and expert on the potential threat of new viruses. Richard Elliott ... Elliott was among the first to recognise Bunyaviruses as a potential threat for both human and animal health, and to highlight their importance to the scientific community ...

In Africa's 'cradle,' an old fossil site yields new finds - WHBL Sheboygan

Mon, 2015-07-27 16:47

In Africa's 'cradle,' an old fossil site yields new finds
WHBL Sheboygan
It must have been brought here," Edlund said as she topped up her bucket with soil before taking it to a sifting device, where the dirt is separated from the quartz and other potential scientific treasures. The two-meter-by-two-meter grid was pegged ...

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In Africa's 'cradle,' an old fossil site yields new finds | Reuters - Reuters

Mon, 2015-07-27 16:47

Reuters

In Africa's 'cradle,' an old fossil site yields new finds | Reuters
Reuters
Science | Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:47pm EDT. Related: Science ... U.S. graduate students scrape soil into a dustpan as they try to uncover implements fashioned from quartz that were used 100,000 years ago to prepare animal hides, at Swartkrans cave ...
In Africa's cradle, an old fossil site yields new finds | Top News | Reuters ...Reuters Africa

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Bone idol: museum's quagga skeleton restored with 3D-printed leg | Science ... - The Guardian

Mon, 2015-07-27 13:18

The Guardian

Bone idol: museum's quagga skeleton restored with 3D-printed leg | Science ...
The Guardian
... plain, half striped hide, like a zebra wearing brown trousers. The last known living specimen died in Amsterdam on 12 August 1883, and it was only when the zoo sent out hunters to find a replacement that the scientific world realised the animal was ...

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Video Captures Catlike Creature Riding Rare Rhino - National Geographic

Mon, 2015-07-27 12:00

National Geographic

Video Captures Catlike Creature Riding Rare Rhino
National Geographic
PUBLISHED July 27, 2015. 0. The saga of animals riding on other animals continues. ... Craig Sholley, wildlife biologist and vice president of the African Wildlife Foundation, says genets likely jump on big herbivores to search for food. For one, the ...

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Video Captures Catlike Creature Riding Rare Rhino - National Geographic News - National Geographic

Mon, 2015-07-27 12:00

National Geographic

Video Captures Catlike Creature Riding Rare Rhino - National Geographic News
National Geographic
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/content/news/en_US/2015/07/150727-animals-science-rhinos-riding-genets-africa.html ... Volunteers with Wildlife ACT and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, organizations promoting species conservation in Africa, captured the ...

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Supergrass: harvesting the energy potential of riverbank plants | euronews ... - euronews

Mon, 2015-07-27 11:25

Supergrass: harvesting the energy potential of riverbank plants | euronews ...
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The grassy banks of the river Barrow in Ireland may look unproductive in agricultural terms, but to scientists involved in a European research project the land and its vegetation may hold the key to an energy revolution. The plant ... Myscanthus is ...

Hunter becomes hunted after Africa's most famous lion found skinned and ... - Mirror.co.uk

Sun, 2015-07-26 19:28

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Hunter becomes hunted after Africa's most famous lion found skinned and ...
Mirror.co.uk
One of the most famous lion's in Africa was lured away from its protected habitat, shot with a bow and arrow and then skinned and decapitated by a Spanish hunter, authorities in Zimbabwe have claimed. The headless body of Cecil, a 13-year-old big cat ...
Authorities Hunting for Spaniard Who Paid 50000 Euros to Kill Famous LionTIME
Zimbabwean authorities hunt Spaniard accused of killing Cecil the lionThe Guardian
Cecil the Lion: Zimbabwe searches for hunter who killed iconic big cat with ...The Independent
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Obama Defends Gay Rights on Kenya Trip - TIME

Sun, 2015-07-26 16:03

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Obama Defends Gay Rights on Kenya Trip
TIME
There is perhaps no wider chasm between the United States and Africa than over the issue of gay rights. The tension was thrown into sharp relief during U.S. President Barack Obama's trip to Kenya, the first visit of a serving U.S. President to this ...
Obama in Kenya: What the President Can Do This Weekend to Help End PoachingAlterNet
Will Obama's Kenya Trip Salvage His 'Power Africa' Legacy?Huffington Post
Has Obama's 'Power Africa' initiative shorted out?GCR

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Why bananas as we know them might go extinct - wtvr.com

Sun, 2015-07-26 04:26

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Why bananas as we know them might go extinct
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That's because they have nearly no genetic diversity — the plants are all clones of one another. The Cavendish is a monoculture, which means it's the only variety that most commercial growers plant every year. Which is also why it is now under threat ...

Save the Elephant - New York Times

Sat, 2015-07-25 19:03

New York Times

Save the Elephant
New York Times
MORE than two million years ago, mammoths and Asian elephants took different evolutionary paths — and around the same time, according to DNA research, so did their lumbering relatives in Africa. African elephants have long been thought of as a single ...
Obama in Kenya: What the President Can Do This Weekend to Help End PoachingAlterNet

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Unlike in Animals and plants, why is it that human beings belong to one species? - The Hindu

Sat, 2015-07-25 12:41

Unlike in Animals and plants, why is it that human beings belong to one species?
The Hindu
Evidence suggests that Homo sapiens existed as far back as 40,0000 years ago in Africa and also in Israel (Europe). Homo erectus existed as far as up to some 30,000 years ago in Indonesia. This shows clearly that more than one species had co-existed.

When Detecting Land Mines, The Nose Knows — Or, In This Case, The Trunk - KBIA

Sat, 2015-07-25 10:39

KBIA

When Detecting Land Mines, The Nose Knows — Or, In This Case, The Trunk
KBIA
That caught the attention of the U.S. Army Research Office, which funded some initial research to see just how, exactly, these lumbering giants manage to sniff out, and step around, the dangerous devices. The idea was to verify whether the claims ...

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