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Conservationists are trying to save rhinos by growing their horns in a lab - Quartz

Fri, 2015-03-20 10:01

Quartz

Conservationists are trying to save rhinos by growing their horns in a lab
Quartz
In 1909, after completing his second term as US president, Theodore Roosevelt led an ambitious expedition across east Africa to shoot specimens for America's most famous museums. Along with his ... But today's conservationists think they can save it by ...

A Rare Total Solar Eclipse - New York Times

Fri, 2015-03-20 04:56

The Guardian

A Rare Total Solar Eclipse
New York Times
People and spooked animals in Europe, Russia and North Africa will see a partial eclipse. How to watch the eclipse online: The Slooh ... “We're here for the science, yes,” Dr. Pasachoff wrote in 2010 from Easter Island. “But there's also the primal ...
Solar eclipse 2015: what you need to knowThe Guardian
Tomorrow's Rare Eclipse: Beginning of Armageddon?Newser
Magical views from top of the world for solar eclipseTimes LIVE

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South Africa Celebrates 50 Years of Nuclear Power - Voice of America

Fri, 2015-03-20 02:08

Voice of America

South Africa Celebrates 50 Years of Nuclear Power
Voice of America
Nuclear medicine produced at South Africa's Pelindaba research site — generated by the SAFARI-1, water-cooled research reactor — is used in about 10 million medical procedures in more than 60 countries every year, saving millions of lives. ... China ...
Amano highlights Africa's importance to IAEAWorld Nuclear News
A nuclear whodunnit never solvedIndependent Online

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Deep in the jungle, hunting for the next Ebola outbreak - Washington Post

Fri, 2015-03-20 01:42

Deep in the jungle, hunting for the next Ebola outbreak
Washington Post
They're trying to solve one of science's great mysteries: Where does Ebola hide between human epidemics? The answer appears to lie in places such as this — vast tracts of African jungle where gorillas, bats and other animals suspected of spreading the ...

With UIC technology, thwarting Africa's million dollar poaching - Chicago Tribune

Thu, 2015-03-19 21:40

Chicago Tribune

With UIC technology, thwarting Africa's million dollar poaching
Chicago Tribune
More than five years later and led by the University of Illinois at Chicago's Tanya Berger-Wolf, scientists from three American universities have developed what amounts to a fingerprint reader for dozens of species, from toads to rhinos, sharks to ...

Citizen scientists discover new blue-flowered legumes - Science Codex

Thu, 2015-03-19 14:53

Science Codex

Citizen scientists discover new blue-flowered legumes
Science Codex
They are part of bigger group of amateurs who belong to a Citizen science group called C.R.E.W. (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) which is run by the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). 'Crewites', as they ... To honour the ...

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Parasites encourage cannibalism in some animals, say scientists - The Verge

Thu, 2015-03-19 14:42

WallStreet OTC

Parasites encourage cannibalism in some animals, say scientists
The Verge
Parasites may be responsible for encouraging some animals to engage in cannibalism, claims a new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. Scientists investigating the effects of the common ... The teams of scientists from the UK and ...
Parasite turns shrimp into voracious cannibalsBiology News Net (press release) (registration)
Parasites Can Turn Animals into CannibalsWallStreet OTC

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Citizen scientists discover new plant species in the Cape Floral Kingdom - Phys.Org

Thu, 2015-03-19 14:29

Phys.Org

Citizen scientists discover new plant species in the Cape Floral Kingdom
Phys.Org
They are part of bigger group of amateurs who belong to a Citizen science group called C.R.E.W. (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) which is run by the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). 'Crewites', as they are called locally ...

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Pesky stink bugs in NJ - Daily Record

Thu, 2015-03-19 04:43

Daily Record

Pesky stink bugs in NJ
Daily Record
Named after the pungent, defensive odor they release to ward off predators or parasites, stink bugs have reached nuisance levels for residents in parts of New Jersey over the past decade in addition to wreaking havoc on certain agricultural crops. The ...

Biology professor chases squirrels in the name of research - The Miami Hurricane

Thu, 2015-03-19 00:13

The Miami Hurricane

Biology professor chases squirrels in the name of research
The Miami Hurricane
For his research, he uses kick balls, model airplanes and remote control cats to create “threats” to gray squirrels, and then records how the animals respond. McRae's ... McRae's original research interest was on the social interaction of African ...

The 'zombie' parasite that can turn shrimp into frenzied CANNIBALS - Daily Mail

Wed, 2015-03-18 22:41

RedOrbit

The 'zombie' parasite that can turn shrimp into frenzied CANNIBALS
Daily Mail
A 'zombie' parasite can turn animals to cannibalism, researchers have found. ... Dr Alison Dunn, Reader in Evolutionary Biology in the University of Leeds' Faculty of Biological Sciences, who led the study, said: 'Cannibalism is actually fairly common ...
Parasite turns shrimp into voracious cannibalsRedOrbit

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African Development Bank Defends Lending for Coal Power - Bloomberg

Wed, 2015-03-18 22:00

African Development Bank Defends Lending for Coal Power
Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) -- The African Development Bank's president is defending his decision to continue financing power plants that use coal, despite pressure from environmental groups and United Nations officials to shift more funds toward cleaner energy ...

Strange Animals Reveal Bizarre Past of Horses: Photos - Discovery News

Wed, 2015-03-18 18:01

Discovery News

Strange Animals Reveal Bizarre Past of Horses: Photos
Discovery News
Horses are related to a mysterious group of animals that noted British naturalist Charles Darwin called the "strangest animals ever discovered." New research in the journal Nature sheds light on the still-puzzling evolutionary past of these animals ...
Public Release: 18-Mar-2015 Protein sequencing solves Darwinian mystery of ...EurekAlert (press release)
Proteins provide evolutionary clues to some of South America's most unusual ...Science Recorder

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KC mag: 11 of the '50 Missourians you should know' live in Ozarks - Springfield News-Leader

Tue, 2015-03-17 23:23

Springfield News-Leader

KC mag: 11 of the '50 Missourians you should know' live in Ozarks
Springfield News-Leader
"We try to take research information and technology and get the farmers to adopt them to improve their overall income and profitability," says Cole. A native of Potosi, he holds agriculture and animal-science degrees from MU, and spent four years with ...

Top Ten Emerging Technologies: an African Perspective. Genetic Engineering ... - Risk Science Center

Tue, 2015-03-17 22:32

Top Ten Emerging Technologies: an African Perspective. Genetic Engineering ...
Risk Science Center
These techniques are allowing precise and increasingly easy and inexpensive modification of genetic code in plants, animals, and potentially humans. They are techniques which may be increasingly available in an economy like Nigeria. The Nigerian Senate ...

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Farming Africa's wet savannahs would have a high climate cost, study warns - Carbon Brief (blog)

Tue, 2015-03-17 14:14

Farming Africa's wet savannahs would have a high climate cost, study warns
Carbon Brief (blog)
Previous studies assume that Africa's wet savannahs are ripe for cultivation because they aren't covered by trees. The new study's lead author Dr Timothy Searchinger, a research scholar at Princeton University, tells Carbon Brief: "Prior studies have ...

Wildlife Ranching and Breeding in South Africa: Richard York - Bloomberg

Tue, 2015-03-17 14:04

Wildlife Ranching and Breeding in South Africa: Richard York
Bloomberg
However, it appears that the editorial team has manipulated this article and labeled all the animals as “Born to die” “Mutants”. This is a grave ... Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA) gives the following defintion for a color variant. “A color ...

South African who attacked a nuclear plant is a hero to his government and ... - Center for Public Integrity

Tue, 2015-03-17 09:05

Independent Online

South African who attacked a nuclear plant is a hero to his government and ...
Center for Public Integrity
Rodney Wilkinson planted four bombs at the Koeberg nuclear power plant north of Capetown, South Africa, in December 1982, in one of the most successful attacks on a nuclear installation ever recorded. Wilkinson, who was ... Likewise, several U.S ...
'Nothing is impregnable': How armed intruders stormed their way into a South ...National Post
How armed intruders stormed their way into a South African nuclear plantWashington Post

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17-Million-Year-Old Whale Skull Tells Scientists When Human Ancestors ... - Design & Trend

Tue, 2015-03-17 08:59

Design & Trend

17-Million-Year-Old Whale Skull Tells Scientists When Human Ancestors ...
Design & Trend
(Photo : Getty Images/Hulton Archive) Human ancestors became bipedals when the East African plateau uplifted between 17 million and 13.5 million years ago, causing the thick jungles that the tree-dwelling ancestors lived in to become savannah ...
Ancient Whale Skull Helps Place Humanity's First StepsDiscovery News
Oldest Whale Fossil Provides Date for East Africa's UpliftLaboratory Equipment
17-Million-Year-Old Whale Skull Helps Place Humanity's First StepsLive Science
Science Times -Phys.Org
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1400+ new marine creatures identified last year - EarthSky

Tue, 2015-03-17 01:27

EarthSky

1400+ new marine creatures identified last year
EarthSky
On average, four new marine species a day are being described and added to the register, according to scientists completing the consolidated inventory of all known ocean life. In 2014 alone ... According to the WoRMS inventory, of the 228,450 species ...

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