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Water, water -- not everywhere: Mapping water trends for African maize - Science Codex

Mon, 2014-07-21 19:30

Science Codex

Water, water -- not everywhere: Mapping water trends for African maize
Science Codex
The team examined both levels of rainfall and the evaporative demand of the atmosphere — the combined effects of evaporation and transpiration, which is the movement of water through plants. ... as well as an increasing evaporative demand during the ...

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Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks? - LiveScience.com

Mon, 2014-07-21 19:28

Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?
LiveScience.com
Corks are made from the bark of Quercus suber trees, commonly called cork oaks, which grow only in southwest Europe and northwest Africa. More and more low-quality ... "There are several factors like climate change, landscape changes and the dry ...

Targeting CAR's predators - IRINnews.org

Mon, 2014-07-21 15:38

Targeting CAR's predators
IRINnews.org
BANGUI, 21 July 2014 (IRIN) - The UN sanctions committee unveiled a report on 11 July detailing the alleged involvement of named individuals and armed groups in major human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). The report by a panel ...

New research from Africa on pharmacomicrobiomics - Phys.Org

Mon, 2014-07-21 15:29

Phys.Org

New research from Africa on pharmacomicrobiomics
Phys.Org
The authors describe the proposed Science Peace Corps as a "new instrument in the global science governance toolbox" that would advance "the emerging concept of 'one health'–encompassing human, environmental, plant, microbial, ecosystem, and ...

Genetic modification scaremongering in Africa is disarming the fight against ... - Raw Story

Mon, 2014-07-21 12:10

Raw Story

Genetic modification scaremongering in Africa is disarming the fight against ...
Raw Story
Transforming agriculture is central to sub-Saharan Africa's development prospects. Three-quarters of people in extreme poverty – existing on less than $1.25 a day – live in rural areas, and crop yields across the region are often a fraction of those in ...

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Africans Open Fuller Wallets to the Future - New York Times

Mon, 2014-07-21 01:32

New York Times

Africans Open Fuller Wallets to the Future
New York Times
JOHANNESBURG — Across sub-Saharan Africa, consumer demand is fueling the continent's economies in new ways, driving hopes that Africa will emerge as a success story in the coming years comparable to the rise of the East Asian Tigers in the second ...

How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities - ArchDaily

Sun, 2014-07-20 23:14

How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities
ArchDaily
Since 2012, the group, made up of Shanghai-based architect Daan Roggeveen and Amsterdam-based journalist Michiel Hulshof, have visited six African cities to do research. Roggeveen and Hulshof ... Not only is it Africa's single largest trading partner ...

Has the Ebola Virus Been Lurking Undetected in West Africa? - The Utah People's Post

Sun, 2014-07-20 22:32

The Utah People's Post

Has the Ebola Virus Been Lurking Undetected in West Africa?
The Utah People's Post
Of all the viruses in the world, Ebola is one of the most feared ones. It has managed to kill over 600 people so far in West Africa, and studies show that it has been smoldering there for years. As a matter of fact, researchers claim that people who ...
Ebola May Have Been Smoldering for Years, Study SaysNBCNews.com

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Why Dogs Have Floppy Ears - NEWS.GNOM.ES

Sun, 2014-07-20 21:48

Why Dogs Have Floppy Ears
NEWS.GNOM.ES
Down through the years scientists have offered a number of theories, but none have been universally accepted. Now, scientists in Germany, the United States, Austria and South Africa have zeroed in on a biological process that begins very early in the ...

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Growers hope to develop olive trees that flourish in Florida - Gainesville Sun

Sun, 2014-07-20 21:46

Growers hope to develop olive trees that flourish in Florida
Gainesville Sun
IFAS is in its second year of a five-year project studying olive agriculture in Florida. The end goal of the coordinated efforts, Garcia said, is to decide what types of olive trees grow and produce best in Florida. Varieties from North Africa, Spain ...

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Africa's Green Wall To Block Terrorism - EIN News Eritrea

Sun, 2014-07-20 20:14

Forbes

Africa's Green Wall To Block Terrorism
EIN News Eritrea
An ambitious plan to stop the southward advance of the Sahara Desert also aims halt the spread of Islamic terror. Scientists are planting a wall of trees and shrubs 15km (nine miles) wide that will stretch 7,000km across the continent. When completed ...
Kew's Great Green Wall to hold back Saharan terrorThe Sunday Times

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Battle Creek zoo's African wild dogs help researchers combat extinction - Detroit Free Press

Sun, 2014-07-20 12:15

Battle Creek zoo's African wild dogs help researchers combat extinction
Detroit Free Press
Researchers from James Cook University of Queensland, Australia, are working with multiple organizations to observe African wild dogs in zoos, collect biological samples and prepare a breeding program. Dr. Femke Van den Berghe and Alex ... The team is ...

Visa threat could stunt growth in Iowa - DesMoinesRegister.com

Sun, 2014-07-20 00:35

Visa threat could stunt growth in Iowa
DesMoinesRegister.com
The battle over so-called H1B visas threatens to hamper the growth of Iowa's startups, growing technology sector, biotech research centers and agricultural sciences. Our public and private colleges teach students from sub-Saharan Africa, India ...

Solar cooking conference extols virtues of cookers to developing world - Sacramento Bee

Sun, 2014-07-20 00:17

Solar cooking conference extols virtues of cookers to developing world
Sacramento Bee
In 2007, Powers stopped her climate research and decided to live and travel with Tibetan nomads in the Himalayan plateau, helping them improve their adobe stoves by designing better combustion chambers and adding chimneys. They eventually transitioned ...

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The $10 Billion Pet Cheetah and Chimp Industry - Daily Beast

Sun, 2014-07-20 00:00

Daily Beast

The $10 Billion Pet Cheetah and Chimp Industry
Daily Beast
Their owners pose them next to high-end vehicles with suicide doors, let them frolic with their children, walk them on leashes like a common house pet, or photograph them lounging languidly at the prow of a yacht, all proudly displayed on Facebook or ...

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New to Nature No 127: Frankenia fruticosa - The Guardian

Sat, 2014-07-19 23:05

The Guardian

New to Nature No 127: Frankenia fruticosa
The Guardian
Their physiological ability to excrete excess salt helps account for the plants' inordinate tolerance of high concentrations of salt and gypsum. JC Manning of the Compton Herbarium, South African National Biodiversity Institute, together with co-author ...

Improved maize seeds in offing - Daily News

Sat, 2014-07-19 21:55

Improved maize seeds in offing
Daily News
MAIZE farmers in the country are set to realise better harvests after scientists come out with more improved maize seeds. ... In some of those areas, he said that they do not use drop irrigation like the one at Makutupora in Dodoma region, where they ...

Lost species: raising the dead - Otago Daily Times

Sat, 2014-07-19 17:47

Otago Daily Times

Lost species: raising the dead
Otago Daily Times
University of Otago zoologist Phil Seddon is a specialist in reintroduction biology, re-establishing endangered species in protected areas. He also heads a UN-linked ... Some scientists such as University of Otago zoologist Philip Seddon, say such ...

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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