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Sea habits of migratory birds highlight conservation need in the Canary Current - Phys.Org

Wed, 2016-08-17 10:09

Phys.Org

Sea habits of migratory birds highlight conservation need in the Canary Current
Phys.Org
In a new study, published today in Biology Letters, research led by the Universities of Glasgow and Exeter has found that the Canary Current, a wind-driven ocean upwelling off the west coast of Africa, is a key hotspot for migrating seabirds. The ...

Scientists gear up to battle invasive species - SciDev.Net

Tue, 2016-08-16 13:12

SciDev.Net

Scientists gear up to battle invasive species
SciDev.Net
Scientists estimate that in Africa alone, each rural woman spends about 200 hours per year weeding out invasive species from family farms. The same study showed that in rural regions around 70 per cent of school children miss lessons during peak ...

Scientists finally found Zenkerella, the world's most mysterious mammal - Washington Post

Tue, 2016-08-16 13:04

The Pasadena Star-News

Scientists finally found Zenkerella, the world's most mysterious mammal
Washington Post
"I think he was even more excited than I was," Fernandez recalled. "It was amazing, the first entire specimen available for us, and for science basically." Zenkerella insignis, the critter caught on Bioko, is one of the world's most ancient and ...
USC scientists want to find this primitive African squirrel to see why it ...The Pasadena Star-News
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New enzyme-mapping advance could help drug development - Phys.Org

Tue, 2016-08-16 12:52

Phys.Org

New enzyme-mapping advance could help drug development
Phys.Org
Sleeping sickness affects humans and other animals and is an often-deadly disease concentrated in Africa. The study of FH began at the University of São Paulo, where researchers Patricia R. Feliciano and M. Cristina Nonato made important progress on ...

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This 'Googly-eyed' squid is the cutest ocean find - CNN

Tue, 2016-08-16 11:50

CNN

This 'Googly-eyed' squid is the cutest ocean find
CNN
Stubby Squids are closely related to cuttlefish but as one of the scientists in the video aptly points out, it just looks like some kid dropped their toy on the sea floor. (More like cuddlefish, right? Heh.) Lest you think you shouldn't be amused by ...

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Fungal disease could wipe bananas out in 5 to 10 years - ScienceAlert

Tue, 2016-08-16 08:23

Fungal disease could wipe bananas out in 5 to 10 years
ScienceAlert
Scientists have sequenced the genomes of three fungal diseases that currently threaten banana crops, and found something disturbing - the fungi have evolved to the point where they could wipe out the most popular banana crops in five to 10 years ...

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African animal scientists explore ways to localize feed production - Myjoyonline.com

Mon, 2016-08-15 22:04

Myjoyonline.com

African animal scientists explore ways to localize feed production
Myjoyonline.com
Experts from parts of Africa are discussing ways of localizing animal feed production for the livestock industry. The international conference on Animal Nutrition which ended over the weekend in Kumasi focused on producing feed at a reduced cost. There ...

Giant Coral Reef in Protected Area Shows New Signs of Life - New York Times

Mon, 2016-08-15 21:46

New York Times

Giant Coral Reef in Protected Area Shows New Signs of Life
New York Times
If Coral Castles can continue to revive after years of apparent lifelessness, even as water temperatures rise, there might be hope for other reefs with similar damage, said another team member, Randi Rotjan, a research scientist who led and tracked the ...

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Ben-Gurion University Institute Tackles Water Shortages, Hygiene in Developing Countries - Algemeiner

Mon, 2016-08-15 10:28

Algemeiner

Ben-Gurion University Institute Tackles Water Shortages, Hygiene in Developing Countries
Algemeiner
Noam Weisbrod, director of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR) in the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In Israel's Negev Desert, which has long been plagued with water challenges, a ...

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Kew Gardens in race to collect and preserve Madagascar's seeds - The Guardian

Mon, 2016-08-15 07:00

The Guardian

Kew Gardens in race to collect and preserve Madagascar's seeds
The Guardian
Scientists are racing against time to create a backup of Madagascar's famously rich and varied flora in a British seed bank before it is lost forever. ... Rakotoarisoa leads half a dozen forays into the country's wilds each year, which often take ...

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Plant Palette: Hardy plumbago toughens up for Zone 5 - Herald & Review

Sun, 2016-08-14 21:25

Plant Palette: Hardy plumbago toughens up for Zone 5
Herald & Review
It seems like whenever I travel outside of our Zone 5 climate, I get a case of what some people call “zone envy”. There's always a plant or two at my destination that would look perfect in my garden back home, and further research usually reveals the ...

Smithsonian Sends 'Extinct' Antelope Back to Africa - Patch.com

Sun, 2016-08-14 19:59

Patch.com

Smithsonian Sends 'Extinct' Antelope Back to Africa
Patch.com
Scientists have spent decades resurrecting the species, which had gone extinct in the wild and was kept in existence by a few animals in captivity. Now, the oryx is headed back to the wilds of Africa, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute ...

I'm in favour of genetically modified food – and so are the scientists who back Golden Rice - Mirror.co.uk

Sun, 2016-08-14 17:25

Mirror.co.uk

I'm in favour of genetically modified food – and so are the scientists who back Golden Rice
Mirror.co.uk
Genetically modified food is back under the spotlight and I have to admit, I've never been against it. Nature itself changes the genes in plants to produce “natural” GM foods. Plus, explosive increases in the world's population means such advances are ...

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People-powered science in Africa: a boost for democracy and knowledge - Huffington Post

Sun, 2016-08-14 07:15

Huffington Post

People-powered science in Africa: a boost for democracy and knowledge
Huffington Post
Every year on a specific day between December 14 and January 5, thousands of volunteers - ordinary people, not scientists - gather in more than 2,000 locations in the Western hemisphere to count birds. ... In South Africa, Kenya and Uganda, for ...

Invasive plant makes its way to Quebec's Côte-Nord region - CBC.ca

Sat, 2016-08-13 22:20

CBC.ca

Invasive plant makes its way to Quebec's Côte-Nord region
CBC.ca
The Eurasian milfoil, an invasive plant that has already popped up in some Quebec lakes, has now made its first appearance in Quebec's Côte-Nord region. Members of a regional environmental group, l'Organisme de bassins versants de la Haute-Côte-Nord, ...

The power of worm poop - 89.3 KPCC

Sat, 2016-08-13 22:19

89.3 KPCC

The power of worm poop
89.3 KPCC
On small farms and in gardens around the world, a legless invertebrate has been quietly helping crops grow — simply by eating and pooping. That's vermicomposting — using the power of worms for the good of humanity. A growing number of advocates ...

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Famous Brands eyes swish Africa with Paul deal - Times LIVE

Sat, 2016-08-13 22:00

Times LIVE

Famous Brands eyes swish Africa with Paul deal
Times LIVE
"In our world it's a bit like research and development - you start to understand why a consumer is migrating in a certain direction and behaving in a certain way." ... Unlike competitor Taste Holdings, which has introduced Dominos Pizza and Starbucks ...

Report Says that Global Warming Is Killing Off the Fish In Africa's Deepest Lake - Munchies_ Food by VICE

Sat, 2016-08-13 17:04

Munchies_ Food by VICE

Report Says that Global Warming Is Killing Off the Fish In Africa's Deepest Lake
Munchies_ Food by VICE
But it isn't just our oceans that are feeling the heat: Fish and other aquatic species in Africa's deepest lake are dying off in part due to climate change, according to a new report. Lake Tanganyika is an African Great Lake bordered by the Democratic ...