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Stunning Photos of Africa's Oldest Trees, Framed by Starlight - Smithsonian

Wed, 2015-06-24 22:41

Stunning Photos of Africa's Oldest Trees, Framed by Starlight
Smithsonian
Silhouetted against the night sky, these ancient trees appear otherworldly. Baobabs can live to be more than 1,000 years old, growing up to 80 feet high and 30 feet in diameter. Carl Taylor, a research associate with the Smithsonian National Museum of ...

Lions Included In List Of 23000 Species Threatened With Extinction - Tech Times

Wed, 2015-06-24 05:27

Tech Times

Lions Included In List Of 23000 Species Threatened With Extinction
Tech Times
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has updated its Red List of 23,000 plant and animal species that are under the threat of extinction. Despite its successful efforts to save species, such as the Iberian lynx, the group says their ...
Endangered wildlife list swells in 2015, from lions to orchidsBusiness Insider
The sixth extinction event has arrived, new study indicatesHaaretz
Lion among 23000 species threatened with extinctionBDlive
Independent Online
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NIH Expands Testing of Ebola Drugs and Vaccines Into New Countries - Wall Street Journal

Tue, 2015-06-23 21:16

Wall Street Journal

NIH Expands Testing of Ebola Drugs and Vaccines Into New Countries
Wall Street Journal
The National Institutes of Health has expanded its research of Ebola vaccines and drugs into Sierra Leone and Guinea, a move that increases the chances of getting definitive results from clinical studies. The NIH's National Institute of Allergy and ...
The Hot Zone: This Little Fly Can Inflict Some Serious PainPopular Science

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Can GMOs Help Feed a Planet Stressed by Climate Change and Overpopulation? - AlterNet

Tue, 2015-06-23 17:43

AlterNet

Can GMOs Help Feed a Planet Stressed by Climate Change and Overpopulation?
AlterNet
Cassava grow in a greenhouse at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Researchers at the center ... More than 200 employees are on the case, and for these scientists, answers lie in an obvious place: “We think plants are a wonderful solution to a ...
Virus-resistant cassava could join other GMO crops in battling food insecurity ...Genetic Literacy Project

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African vultures are nearing extinction due to to elephant ivory poachers - Quartz

Tue, 2015-06-23 16:50

Quartz

African vultures are nearing extinction due to to elephant ivory poachers
Quartz
African vultures,the silent victims of wildlife poaching, are now nearing extinction in some regions, according to new research by members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) vulture specialist group. Seven African species have ...

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South Africa to host 2016 CITES talks - BDlive

Tue, 2015-06-23 06:05

BDlive

South Africa to host 2016 CITES talks
BDlive
And in March, experts at the Africa Elephant Summit held in Botswana warned that African elephants could be extinct in the wild "within our lifetime". CITES is a global treaty between 181 member states to ensure that trade of wild animals and plants ...
Breeders want South Africa's ban on rhino horn trade liftedHouston Chronicle (subscription)

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A beginner's guide to fossil fuel divestment - The Guardian

Tue, 2015-06-23 06:00

The Guardian

A beginner's guide to fossil fuel divestment
The Guardian
home · US · world · opinion · sports · soccer · tech · arts · lifestyle · fashion · business · travel · environment selected · science. browse all ... A coal-fired power plant in Germany. ... Divestment is perhaps most well known for its role in the ...

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Endangered wildlife list swells in 2015, from lions to orchids - Business Insider

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:02

Livemint

Endangered wildlife list swells in 2015, from lions to orchids
Business Insider
OSLO (Reuters) - The number of animals and plants at risk of extinction rose in 2015 despite government pledges to improve protection, with species under threat ranging from lions in West Africa to orchids in Asia, a study showed on Tuesday. The Red ...
Endangered wildlife list swells in 2015Independent Online
Lion among 23000 species threatened with extinction – conservationistsRappler

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Was Ebola the culprit in the ancient Plague of Athens? - Washington Post

Mon, 2015-06-22 19:17

Was Ebola the culprit in the ancient Plague of Athens?
Washington Post
In the current outbreak of the virus in West Africa — which began in early 2014 and is the largest to date — more than 27,000 people have been infected and nearly 11,200 people have died, according to the World Health Organization. ... The ancient ...

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Saharan Dust Travels More Than 5000 Miles to South Texas | The Weather ... - The Weather Channel

Mon, 2015-06-22 17:20

The Weather Channel

Saharan Dust Travels More Than 5000 Miles to South Texas | The Weather ...
The Weather Channel
Enhanced satellite imagery showing the dust stretching from the eastern Caribbean to Africa on June 17. The blue, green, yellow and orange colors show the aerosols associated with the dust. According to the Hurricane Research Divsion (HRD) of NOAA, the ...

Nun at Alhambra Catholic school teaches water conservation, bashes bottled ... - Contra Costa Times

Mon, 2015-06-22 00:03

Nun at Alhambra Catholic school teaches water conservation, bashes bottled ...
Contra Costa Times
While scientists dispute the size of these floating debris piles, the point Keim makes is that God wants his people to take care of his creation, whether that's the Pacific Ocean, the trees on campus, or the beaches of Long Beach where trash dumped on ...

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Zoo Miami director's focus: conservation - Miami Herald

Sun, 2015-06-21 23:03

Miami Herald

Zoo Miami director's focus: conservation
Miami Herald
A: Because I was the assistant director here from 2003 until 2011 and I worked very much on the visitor side, the guest services and business operations side, I was eager to also work more closely with the animal science side as I now get to do as ...

How Israel defies drought - Yahoo News

Sun, 2015-06-21 16:21

How Israel defies drought
Yahoo News
“We are under tough and extreme conditions – soil, water, weather,” says Effi Tripler, a soil and water scientist from the Central and Northern Arava Research and Development Center in Hatzeva. “They know if it works here, it will work in any place in ...

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Harmful toxin used in baby clothes should be banned, advocates say - The Guardian

Sun, 2015-06-21 15:00

The Guardian

Harmful toxin used in baby clothes should be banned, advocates say
The Guardian
An advocacy and research organisation, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), is hoping to educate the public about the toxin antimony, push manufacturers to stop using it and ensure that the federal government adheres to its oversight responsibilities ...

Fate of entire subspecies of rhino left to one elderly male - Chicago Tribune

Sun, 2015-06-21 14:56

Chicago Tribune

Fate of entire subspecies of rhino left to one elderly male
Chicago Tribune
And barring a scientific breakthrough, the northern white rhino, the second-largest mammal in central Africa, will be gone soon too. "It's a massive conservation failure," said Richard Vigne, chief executive of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the private ...

Racist Manifesto Purportedly Written By Dylann Roof Surfaces Online - Huffington Post

Sat, 2015-06-20 20:09

ABC News

Racist Manifesto Purportedly Written By Dylann Roof Surfaces Online
Huffington Post
A website surfaced on Saturday containing a possible trove of photos of Dylann Roof and a racist manifesto explaining why he allegedly targeted Charleston, South Carolina, in a shooting this week that killed nine African-Americans. The website, "The ...
Dylann Storm Roof's Manifesto Reveals the Real Motives Behind the Mass ...IJ Review
Charleston Shooter Allegedly Published a Racist ManifestoRYOT
Dylann Roof's alleged manifesto uncovered: The Trayvon Martin case awakened ...The Grio

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How to prevent the sixth mass extinction - Christian Science Monitor

Sat, 2015-06-20 18:58

Telegraph.co.uk

How to prevent the sixth mass extinction
Christian Science Monitor
According to the Scientific American, humans use more than half of the planet's land for cities, logging, or food, eliminating the habitats of other animals and plants. To prevent the sixth mass extinction, one strategy being considered is moving ...
Earth has entered sixth mass extinction, warn scientistsTelegraph.co.uk
75 Percent of Animal Species to be Wiped Out in 'Sixth Mass Extinction'U.S. News & World Report (blog)

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America's Secret Drone Bases in Africa and the Middle East - Center for Research on Globalization

Sat, 2015-06-20 15:28

Center for Research on Globalization

America's Secret Drone Bases in Africa and the Middle East
Center for Research on Globalization
America's Secret Drone Bases in Africa and the Middle East ... This, and other links, however, lead only to the notice on the left, on the website of America's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [DARPA]. ... The top-secret slide deck provided ...

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Nigeria selects two sites for nuclear power plants - Reuters Africa

Sat, 2015-06-20 12:20

GhanaWeb

Nigeria selects two sites for nuclear power plants
Reuters Africa
LAGOS/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Nigeria has selected two sites for the construction of its planned nuclear power plants, as Africa's biggest economy tries to end decades of electricity blackouts that have blighted its growth. Russia's state-owned ... Africa's ...
Nigeria Turns to Nuclear Power for ElectricityGhanaWeb

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Conservationists' Latest Weapon Against Animal Poachers: DNA Analysis - Tech Times

Sat, 2015-06-20 10:35

Tech Times

Conservationists' Latest Weapon Against Animal Poachers: DNA Analysis
Tech Times
A new study investigated the patterns by which the ivory tusks of elephants in Africa are being smuggled all over the world, in order for researchers to uncover the factors associated with poaching. This new technique may ... The research team then ...
Elephant DNA may help crackdown on illegal ivory tradeABC Online
Elephant poaching hotspots identifiedBBC News
DNA analysis reveals Africa's poaching hotspotsTimes LIVE
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