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Poached Toward Extinction? - Scientist (blog)

Wed, 2014-08-20 12:37

BBC News

Poached Toward Extinction?
Scientist (blog)
WIKIMEDIA, IKIWANERThe illegal trade of elephant tusks out of Africa could one day lead to the animals' ultimate demise, Colorado State University's George Wittemyer and his colleagues warned this week (August 19) in PNAS. Poaching of tens of ...
Elephant poaching deaths reach tipping point in AfricaBBC News
Poaching could drive elephants to extinction in decadesSalon
Poachers Killed More Than 100000 Elephants in 3 YearsMyArkLaMiss
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Russian Scientists to Deploy Laboratory in Africa to Fight Ebola Virus - RIA Novosti

Wed, 2014-08-20 12:01

Russian Scientists to Deploy Laboratory in Africa to Fight Ebola Virus
RIA Novosti
PETERSBURG, August 20 (RIA Novosti) – A group of Russian virologists will go to the Republic of Guinea in a week to organize a Ebola virus research laboratory, immunology and virology laboratory head at St. Petersburg's Pasteur Scientific Research ...

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Lions Hunted to Save Rhinos in South African Circle of Life - Bloomberg

Wed, 2014-08-20 11:22

Canada.com

Lions Hunted to Save Rhinos in South African Circle of Life
Bloomberg
They now cover 20 million hectares, or about 16 percent of the country's land, according to South Africa's government-backed Agricultural Research Council. The law change has also led to a trade in wild animals with captive-bred species ranging from ...
Trophy hunting allows South Africa to better manage its wildlifeCanada.com

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Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa - KPBS

Tue, 2014-08-19 22:22

Fox News

Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa
KPBS
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the most explosive in history. One reason the virus spread so fast is that West Africa was blindsided. Ebola had never erupted in people anywhere close to West Africa before. The type of Ebola causing the outbreak ...
Ebola outbreak: Africans understandably wary about promised curesCBC.ca
Ebola Response - the Real Measure of SuccessAllAfrica.com

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Elephant poaching deaths reach tipping point in Africa - BBC News

Tue, 2014-08-19 11:08

BBC News

Elephant poaching deaths reach tipping point in Africa
BBC News
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study suggests. Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent. They warn that ...
Surprise! Science Shows That Elephant Poaching Is UnsustainableSmithsonian (blog)
Poaching leads to '63% fall' in central African elephant numbersIrish Times
100000 Elephants Killed by Poachers in Just Three Years, Landmark Analysis ...National Geographic
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Ebola poses less of a risk than more contagious infections, say Pittsburgh experts - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Tue, 2014-08-19 10:54

Fox News

Ebola poses less of a risk than more contagious infections, say Pittsburgh experts
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Health preparedness and procedures in the United States should prevent a domestic outbreak of Ebola, whose death toll in western Africa now has topped 1,000. But a University of Pittsburgh virologist warns that the nation should focus on its ...
As containment efforts continue, scientists remain stumped on source of Ebola ...The Japan Times
As Ebola Outbreak Expands, These Experimental Drugs Could See ActionForbes
Another Ebola Problem: Finding Its Natural SourceSci-Tech Today
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Local Researchers Work Toward Cure for Ebola - NY1

Tue, 2014-08-19 09:47

NY1

Local Researchers Work Toward Cure for Ebola
NY1
Just as the outbreak was gaining momentum in West Africa, the National Institutes of Health in March awarded a group of researchers from 15 different institutions $28 million to find a cocktail of antibodies to fight the deadly Ebola virus. ... "Our ...

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Africa Must Develop Scientific Capabilities to Solve Unemployment, Poverty and ... - AllAfrica.com

Tue, 2014-08-19 08:24

Africa Must Develop Scientific Capabilities to Solve Unemployment, Poverty and ...
AllAfrica.com
Science is to technology what vocabulary and syntax are to a language. That is, science is the building-block for technology. A society must develop many millions of scientists as the platform for technological development. The scientific knowledge ...

A World of Creatures That Hide in the Open - New York Times

Mon, 2014-08-18 22:55

New York Times

A World of Creatures That Hide in the Open
New York Times
Sönke Johnsen scuba dives in the middle of the ocean, far from land, miles above the seafloor. There are no shipwrecks to explore, no reefs to admire, just a disorienting oasis of blue. What he looks for is hard to see. Indeed, he and his companions ...

Assistant professor combines passions for public service and research - Appalachian State University

Mon, 2014-08-18 21:01

Assistant professor combines passions for public service and research
Appalachian State University
BOONE—A stint in the Peace Corps combined with an interest in plant biology helped solidify the research interests of Dr. Matt Estep, an assistant professor in Appalachian State University's Department of Biology. ... by the Bill and Melinda Gates ...

Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos - NPR

Mon, 2014-08-18 17:13

NPR

Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos
NPR
The illegal trade in ivory from African elephants has tripled in the past 15 years, to the extent that biologists fear for the creatures' future existence. ... Acres of bleaching houses sprang up — huge greenhouses containing blocks of ivory instead ...

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Finding its natural source is key to Ebola remedy - Boston Globe

Mon, 2014-08-18 04:05

Financial Express

Finding its natural source is key to Ebola remedy
Boston Globe
NEW YORK — A scary problem lurks beyond the frenzied efforts to keep people from spreading Ebola: No one knows exactly where the virus comes from or how to stop it from seeding new outbreaks. Ebola has caused two dozen outbreaks in Africa since it ...
Another Ebola problem: Finding its natural sourceFox News

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Parasitic plant uses RNA-based communication technique - Tech Times

Sun, 2014-08-17 18:43

Tech Times

Parasitic plant uses RNA-based communication technique
Tech Times
Jim Westwood, a scientist who works at Virginia Tech, may have discovered a new way that plants communicate with each other. ... Westwood's study was published in the journal Science on August 15. ... "Parasitic plants such as witchweed and broomrape ...
How Parasitic Plants Use the Language of RNA on Their VictimsNBCNews.com
Plants 'TALK' to each other: Roots exchange information at a molecular level ...Daily Mail
New Plant Language DiscoveredDiscovery News
Headlines & Global News -University Herald -Science 2.0
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Why using unproven Ebola medicine is bad science - Vox

Sun, 2014-08-17 18:37

Why using unproven Ebola medicine is bad science
Vox
Animal experiments are good and important to do prior to testing in humans. But they're only of limited value. Only a small percentage of drugs that start being tested in labs as potentially ... There is a long and sordid history of western ...

Africa On GMOs: Scientific Response To Anti-technology NGOs - Leadership Newspapers

Sun, 2014-08-17 17:44

Leadership Newspapers

Africa On GMOs: Scientific Response To Anti-technology NGOs
Leadership Newspapers
Besides helping us understand biology and physiology of plants, genetic engineering has led to the development of improved crops such as cotton, soybean, cowpea, cassava, tomato, coffee, banana and several products derived from them. ... in science and ...

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Dr Hans Adu-Dapaah, Director of CRI - Ghana News Agency

Sun, 2014-08-17 17:10

Ghana News Agency

Dr Hans Adu-Dapaah, Director of CRI
Ghana News Agency
Ejusu, Aug. 17, GNA - Dr Stephen Amoah, a Research Scientist of the Crop Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has described the Plant Breeders Bill currently before Cabinet as a positive development. He said ...
Plant Breeders Bill Will Promote Productivity-Dr Stephenspyghana.com

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Plants may communicate to each other through their own language - Tech Times

Sun, 2014-08-17 12:22

Tech Times

Plants may communicate to each other through their own language
Tech Times
Scientists discovers that plants may have their own language at a genetic level that allows parasitic plants to communicate with and hack into the plants that they're invading before sucking them dry. ... "Parasitic plants such as witchweed and ...

3 Liberian Health Workers With Ebola Receive Scarce Drug After Appeals to US - New York Times

Sat, 2014-08-16 19:45

Science AAAS

3 Liberian Health Workers With Ebola Receive Scarce Drug After Appeals to US
New York Times
The drug, a mix of monoclonal antibodies called ZMapp, has been tested in animals, but has not been studied for safety or effectiveness in humans. It arrived in Liberia on Wednesday after appeals by leaders there to top officials in the United States ...
WHO ponders treating Ebola-infected people with blood of survivorsScience AAAS
Ebola epidemic to take six months to controlAljazeera.com
WHO says Ebola crisis underestimated; untested drug arrived in West Africa89.3 KPCC
Daily Sabah -Washington Post -FRANCE 24
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How DNA barcodes can beat the wildlife traffickers - The Guardian

Sat, 2014-08-16 18:54

The Guardian

How DNA barcodes can beat the wildlife traffickers
The Guardian
As Dr Natasha de Vere, head of conservation and research at the garden, tells me when I arrive that Wales is home to 1,143 native flowering plant and conifer species. And she should know: she has led a team to document each and every one of them using ...

Giant Rats Trained to Sniff Out Tuberculosis in Africa - National Geographic

Sat, 2014-08-16 12:01

National Geographic

Giant Rats Trained to Sniff Out Tuberculosis in Africa
National Geographic
Tariq is no scientist, though. He's a lab rat—an African giant pouched rat, to be exact. Every weekday, the trained rodent and eight of his brethren take turns in a glass-sided cage at Eduardo Mondlane University's College of Veterinary Medicine ...