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Early humans may have seen a supervolcano explosion up close - New Scientist

Wed, 2017-08-09 17:02

New Scientist

Early humans may have seen a supervolcano explosion up close
New Scientist
If that didn't wipe out the early population, they would have had to adapt to Sumatra's rainforest environment – very different from the savannahs of Africa where humans evolved. The lack of carbohydrate-rich plants and large animals for eating would ...
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Killing hunger in Africa with sweet potatoes - The Hindu

Wed, 2017-08-09 02:16

The Hindu

Killing hunger in Africa with sweet potatoes
The Hindu
As a 5-year-old growing up in Cape Verde in sub-Saharan Africa, Maria Isabel Andrade had told her mother that she wanted to grow food and make hunger disappear from her town. Growing up in the Sahel region, Ms. Andrade, a leading agronomist, has ...

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Environmentalists are urging the USDA to reject this genetically engineered eucalyptus tree - Washington Post

Tue, 2017-08-08 13:05

Washington Post

Environmentalists are urging the USDA to reject this genetically engineered eucalyptus tree
Washington Post
The USDA has proposed lifting restrictions on commercial production of the trees, based on a draft environmental impact statement that concluded the trees pose few significant environmental risks. Planting the trees would “either not differ or may be ...

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Interview 3/7: YWP-ZA showcases amazing women contributing to South Africa's water sector - IMIESA

Tue, 2017-08-08 07:45

IMIESA

Interview 3/7: YWP-ZA showcases amazing women contributing to South Africa's water sector
IMIESA
Interview 3/7: YWP-ZA showcases amazing women contributing to South Africa's water sector. Posted By ... I have around 40 projects on the go at any one time, and my job is not to carry out all that research myself, but to co-ordinate and communicate it ...

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How will we feed a hungry planet without soil science? - Irish Examiner

Tue, 2017-08-08 00:35

Irish Examiner

How will we feed a hungry planet without soil science?
Irish Examiner
Naturally occurring microbes in soils help foster crop health and improve plant output. However, poor soil ... At Auburn University, for example, I am part of a research team that tests the effects of soil microbes on the growth and resilience of corn ...

Mercer Island student travels to South Africa to work with cheetahs - Mercer Island Reporter (subscription)

Mon, 2017-08-07 21:17

Mercer Island Reporter (subscription)

Mercer Island student travels to South Africa to work with cheetahs
Mercer Island Reporter (subscription)
Traveling with study-abroad organization Loop Abroad, Ardemani was selected as part of a small team that volunteered at Feracare Wildlife Centre caring for cheetahs and other African animals. The veterinary service program brings students to South ...

South Africa: Change Your Future Study Maths, Science - AllAfrica.com

Mon, 2017-08-07 15:10

South Africa: Change Your Future Study Maths, Science
AllAfrica.com
"Through you studying science, engineering and technology at places like Nelson Mandela University, we can develop a greener economy for South Africa, greener economy for Africa and greener economy for the world," said the Minister. ... for government ...

San Diego Researchers Race To Keep Rhinos From Going Extinct - KPBS

Mon, 2017-08-07 14:14

KPBS

San Diego Researchers Race To Keep Rhinos From Going Extinct
KPBS
Researchers brought them to the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research specifically to help save their close cousin, the northern white rhino. Only three of those animals are left alive, and none are capable of breeding, said Steve Metzler ...

Tackling sleeping sickness in Maasai communities - Medical Xpress

Mon, 2017-08-07 12:14

Medical Xpress

Tackling sleeping sickness in Maasai communities
Medical Xpress
Human African trypanosomiasis, better known as sleeping sickness, occurs in 36 sub-Saharan countries, disproportionately affecting those who live in remote rural areas and base their livelihood on raising animals, such as the pastoralist Maasai. People ...

Humpbacks flap their flippers like underwater birds - Science News for Students

Mon, 2017-08-07 11:09

Science News for Students

Humpbacks flap their flippers like underwater birds
Science News for Students
Segre led a team of researchers that captured video of humpbacks feeding off the coast of South Africa in November 2016. ... Once fastened to a whale with suction cups, it tracks the animal's position, speed and acceleration. ... biology The study of ...

Feature: Protecting South Africa's vital external interests - defenceWeb

Mon, 2017-08-07 10:40

defenceWeb

Feature: Protecting South Africa's vital external interests
defenceWeb
The gas infrastructure includes 865 km of pipeline as a soft target, and the gas fields and processing plants as more difficult but more damaging targets. Maputo port and its rail link to South Africa present a similar target mix, including some 100 km ...

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Mysterious hybrid strain of anthrax is running rampant in African ... - ScienceAlert

Mon, 2017-08-07 04:14

Mysterious hybrid strain of anthrax is running rampant in African ...
ScienceAlert
A strange breed of anthrax bacterium killed more than half of the dead chimps analysed in new research from Africa – and scientists say the fatal infection could ...

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Marigolds in the garden - Progress Index

Sun, 2017-08-06 06:18

Marigolds in the garden
Progress Index
Marigolds were sacred plants of the Aztec people and their uses were recorded in De La Crus-Badiona Aztec Herbal in 1552. Spanish explorers took ... Currently hardy annual marigolds have naturalized in many parts of the world including the Americas ...

First time in 99 years: US total solar eclipse on 21 August excites scientists - The Guardian

Sun, 2017-08-06 02:39

The Guardian

First time in 99 years: US total solar eclipse on 21 August excites scientists
The Guardian
Scientists are also going gaga. “This is a really amazing chance to just open the public's eyes to wonder,” says Montana State University's Angela Des Jardins, a physicist in charge of a Nasa eclipse ballooning project. The student-launched, high ...

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African coffee industry gains steam - Santa Fe New Mexican

Sun, 2017-08-06 01:04

Santa Fe New Mexican

African coffee industry gains steam
Santa Fe New Mexican
Customers willing to pay a premium for African brews, known for their floral, fruity flavors, are driving purchases of coffee from the continent where the drink is said to have originated. One legend ... “African production is under threat,” said Keith ...

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With genetic morph, a weird type of anthrax has emerged—and it's ... - Ars Technica

Sat, 2017-08-05 13:02

Ars Technica

With genetic morph, a weird type of anthrax has emerged—and it's ...
Ars Technica
It's killing wildlife in African rainforests and may wipe out some chimp populations.

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Hip coffee at $4 a cup revives African industry left behind - Standard-Examiner

Sat, 2017-08-05 11:45

Hip coffee at $4 a cup revives African industry left behind
Standard-Examiner
One legend has it that Ethiopian goat herders discovered the plant more than a thousand years ago. Today, a cup of Kenyan coffee at ... “African production is under threat,” said Keith Flury, head of coffee research at Volcafe, one of the world's top ...

Jack Talling, aquatic scientist - Yorkshire Post

Sat, 2017-08-05 07:42

Yorkshire Post

Jack Talling, aquatic scientist
Yorkshire Post
His studies on African lakes and rivers helped lay the foundation of our knowledge of African aquatic science. He continued to support research in Africa by training scientists for the International Biological Programme in Uganda, and co-wrote a book ...

Soil science for a hungry planet - The New Times

Sat, 2017-08-05 02:08

Soil science for a hungry planet
The New Times
Naturally occurring microbes in soils help foster crop health and improve plant output. But poor soil ... At Auburn University, for example, I am part of a research team that tests the effects of soil microbes on the growth and resilience of corn and ...

Evidence that ancient farms had very different origins than previously thought - Ars Technica

Fri, 2017-08-04 09:47

Ars Technica

Evidence that ancient farms had very different origins than previously thought
Ars Technica
As a result, scientists simply didn't look for clues of ancient civilizations in the tropics. ... In an article published in Nature Plants, Max Planck Institute archaeologist Patrick Roberts and his colleagues explain that cities and farms are far ...