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In Kansas City and elsewhere, zoos brace against the threat of species extinction - Kansas City Star

Sat, 2015-05-16 20:00

Kansas City Star

In Kansas City and elsewhere, zoos brace against the threat of species extinction
Kansas City Star
As the Kansas City Zoo prepares to open a new $6 million exhibit for its orangutans, conservationists are trying to build up genetic reservoirs for hundreds of animal species that are fast approaching the fate of the dinosaurs. ... In a paper published ...

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How the Opah Managed To Hide Its Warm Blood In Ocean Depths - Science Times

Sat, 2015-05-16 19:05

Science Times

How the Opah Managed To Hide Its Warm Blood In Ocean Depths
Science Times
How the Opah Managed To Hide Its Warm Blood In Ocean Depths (Photo : NOAA Fisheries West Coast) Biologist Owyn Snodgrass prepares to insert a thermocouple into the pectoral muscles of a captured opah to record internal and external temperatures ...
Opah! First known warm-blooded fish flaps to generate heat (+video)Christian Science Monitor

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What If Americans Ate Like South Africans And Vice Versa? - KCUR

Sat, 2015-05-16 11:42

KCUR

What If Americans Ate Like South Africans And Vice Versa?
KCUR
Previous research suggests that a good diet can help keep colon cancer away, and O'Keefe wondered if the traditional South African diet was helping to lower their risk of developing cancer. O'Keefe started interviewing his American and South African ...

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Trophy hunting in Africa - The Economist (blog)

Sat, 2015-05-16 10:07

The Economist (blog)

Trophy hunting in Africa
The Economist (blog)
That is what happened in 2005, when British Airways stopped carrying animals destined for scientific experiments in its cargo holds. Despite jeopardising a lucrative relationship with GlaxoSmithKline, a British pharmaceutical firm, the threat of a ...

Jack Hanna: What Zoo Critics Don't Understand - TIME

Fri, 2015-05-15 19:01

ZME Science

Jack Hanna: What Zoo Critics Don't Understand
TIME
I encourage other zoo critics to do the same thing—engage in a meaningful dialogue so that together we can do the best thing for animals. I'm growing weary of the us-versus-them mentality. Although zoo critics and zoo champions have some differing ...
Metroparks Zoo ramps up battle against extinction (photos)cleveland.com
Zoo, aquarium part of effort to save 10 speciesCincinnati.com
Zoos and Aquariums make pact to save vulnerable animalsZME Science
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As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world ... - National Geographic

Fri, 2015-05-15 18:09

National Geographic

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world ...
National Geographic
Although marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I drug, Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, recently expressed interest in what science will learn about marijuana, noting that preliminary data show that “for certain medical conditions and ...

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E. Africa Rangers Go High-tech Against Poachers - Voice of America

Fri, 2015-05-15 18:03

Voice of America

E. Africa Rangers Go High-tech Against Poachers
Voice of America
NAIROBI—. Conservationists struggling to track down and prosecute poachers hunting for rhino horn, ivory and bush meat are turning to new technologies like DNA identification and surveillance drones to give them an edge in the war on poaching. Africa ...

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Opah! First known warm-blooded fish flaps to generate heat (+video) - Christian Science Monitor

Fri, 2015-05-15 16:02

Christian Science Monitor

Opah! First known warm-blooded fish flaps to generate heat (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
New research shows that the poorly-studied opah, or moonfish, is actually warm-blooded. The fish ... As science reveals newer and stranger creatures, few hardline rules about classification remain. And one fish just ... The opah is a large, deep-sea ...

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Flight Paths - New York Times

Fri, 2015-05-15 11:00

New York Times

Flight Paths
New York Times
Displayed on a small plinth in a university museum in the German city Rostock is a famously gruesome exhibit: a stuffed white stork with its long neck pierced by an iron-tipped wooden spear from Central Africa. This unlucky bird survived the ... I ...

Opah! First known warm-blooded fish flaps to generate heat - Christian Science Monitor

Thu, 2015-05-14 20:02

Christian Science Monitor

Opah! First known warm-blooded fish flaps to generate heat
Christian Science Monitor
New research shows that the poorly-studied opah, or moonfish, is actually warm-blooded. The fish stays ... As science reveals newer and stranger creatures, few hardline rules about classification remain. And one ... The opah is a large, deep-sea fish ...

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Cracking the Code - The New Yorker

Thu, 2015-05-14 18:27

The New Yorker

Cracking the Code
The New Yorker
I had always understood my ancestry to be a tangle of African slaves, free men of color, French and Spanish immigrants, British colonists, Native Americans—but in what proportion? Credit Illustration by Rebekka Dunlap. As part of our Innovators issue ...

Did sexual equality fuel the evolution of human cooperation? - Science /AAAS

Thu, 2015-05-14 18:00

Science /AAAS

Did sexual equality fuel the evolution of human cooperation?
Science /AAAS
Humans are among the most cooperative animals on the planet, yet scientists are unclear about how we got this way. A new study ... If both men and women could decide who they lived with, they reasoned, husbands and wives wouldn't always be living with ...

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Women Making Whiskey: An 800-Year History - The Atlantic

Thu, 2015-05-14 15:52

The Atlantic

Women Making Whiskey: An 800-Year History
The Atlantic
That's what Fred Minnick found when he started doing research for his 2013 book Whiskey Women. He started with the goal of learning about the history of women in the bourbon industry, but he unearthed a narrative going back much further in time. Women ...

Transgenic solution to virus-threatened African cassava faces anti-GMO protests - Genetic Literacy Project

Thu, 2015-05-14 11:07

Transgenic solution to virus-threatened African cassava faces anti-GMO protests
Genetic Literacy Project
During extended drought, cassava shades off the burden of its leaves and enters into temporary dormancy; the stem is corky and does not require much water to sustain it, this inactivity implies, that the plant is not in a rush to convert stored starch ...

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Cannibalism: A History of People Who Eat People - Discovery News

Wed, 2015-05-13 16:37

Discovery News

Cannibalism: A History of People Who Eat People
Discovery News
Any shopper walking down the aisles of a modern grocery is spoiled for choice when it comes to food options. As of 2008, the number of products carried by the average supermarket stood around 47,000, according to Consumer Reports. There is one ...

Myanmar's Smart Farmers & Saving Mozambique's Forests - Aljazeera.com

Wed, 2015-05-13 13:09

Aljazeera.com

Myanmar's Smart Farmers & Saving Mozambique's Forests
Aljazeera.com
According to the UN, South America and Africa lose forests at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world. After years of civil war Mozambique is trying to rebuild itself from the ruins, but the development comes at a great cost to the country's ...

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First Solar modules come up trumps in South African PV modelling study - PV-Tech

Wed, 2015-05-13 12:15

PV-Tech

First Solar modules come up trumps in South African PV modelling study
PV-Tech
First Solar has published research suggesting its CdTe thin-film modules would offer a higher energy yield than those based on crystalline silicon technology in the hot, arid conditions typical of South Africa. Research carried out by consultancy Arup ...

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Exotic Vinegar Flies Invade California After World Tour - NPR

Tue, 2015-05-12 18:21

NPR

Exotic Vinegar Flies Invade California After World Tour
NPR
Scientists in Los Angeles have found two species of fruit flies — also known as vinegar flies — that hitched a ride on plants to cross international borders. And now those bugs call California home. One fly traveled around the globe from Australia on ...

Rare African plant signals diamonds lurking under the surface - The Independent

Tue, 2015-05-12 16:43

The Independent

Rare African plant signals diamonds lurking under the surface
The Independent
According to one geologist, Steven Shirey, who specialises in diamond research at the Carnegie Institution for Science, it is a discovery that prospectors are going to “jump on like crazy”. A diamond prospector holds up an uncut stone found in Sierra ...

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WHO says Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa unlikely to show efficacy - Seeking Alpha

Tue, 2015-05-12 14:20

WHO says Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa unlikely to show efficacy
Seeking Alpha
The FDA's Materials, Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee is meeting today to discuss alternative approval paths for Ebola vaccines, considering situations like West Africa. One option for approval is the "animal rule" which ...

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