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Canada commits funding for Ebola vaccine research, stockpile - KFGO

Tue, 2014-11-04 00:02

IBNLive

Canada commits funding for Ebola vaccine research, stockpile
KFGO
Speaking at the laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where scientists developed an experimental Ebola treatment, ZMAb, Health Minister Rona Ambrose said Ottawa was committing C$23.5 million ($20.7 million) for research and development of Ebola vaccines ...
Nose Spray Ebola Vaccine Protects MonkeysNBCNews.com
Inhaled Ebola Vaccine Protects MonkeysU.S. News & World Report

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Gates foundation spends bulk of agriculture grants in rich countries - The Guardian

Tue, 2014-11-04 00:01

The Guardian

Gates foundation spends bulk of agriculture grants in rich countries
The Guardian
Most of the $3bn (£1.8bn) that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given to benefit hungry people in the world's poorest countries has been spent in the US, Britain and other rich countries, with only around 10% spent in Africa, new research ...

Villain or hero? Bats may be key to curing Ebola, scientists say - RT

Mon, 2014-11-03 21:00

RT

Villain or hero? Bats may be key to curing Ebola, scientists say
RT
"If our immune system behaved the way a bat's did...then maybe some of these viruses wouldn't be a problem anymore,” said Michelle baker of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory at Australia's National Science Agency. Baker, along with colleagues, ...
Ebola-carrying bats may be heroes as well as villains in outbreakBrainerd Daily Dispatch

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Why some trees evolved to live underground - BBC News

Mon, 2014-11-03 17:11

Why some trees evolved to live underground
BBC News
With the exception of wildlife film makers, arboriculturalists and a few scientists, most of us don't spend much time in the leafy upper reaches of tree canopies. But in the underground forests beneath the savannahs of southern Africa and South America ...

Ebola: infections rise 'frighteningly quickly' in Sierra Leone - The Week UK

Mon, 2014-11-03 13:59

ABC News

Ebola: infections rise 'frighteningly quickly' in Sierra Leone
The Week UK
Scientists believe it was initially present in wild animals such as fruit bats or primates living in tropical rainforests in equatorial Africa. The disease spread to humans when they came into contact with the organs, blood or other bodily fluids from ...
UNICEF to boost staff in Ebola-hit countries; UN health chief deplores lagging ...Big News Network.com

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Fish just wanna have fun - Science News for Students

Mon, 2014-11-03 13:14

Science News for Students

Fish just wanna have fun
Science News for Students
Although found all over the world, they are most diverse in Africa and South America. ethology The science of behavior in animals, including humans, from a biological point of view. herpetology The biology of reptiles and amphibians. Scientists who ...

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Blagg: What we have to fear - The Recorder

Mon, 2014-11-03 03:57

Blagg: What we have to fear
The Recorder
After all, back in the days when we were all wandering around the planet scavenging for food in the form of nuts, berries, various edible tubers and the occasional not-too-rotten predator's leavings, that sudden prickling of the hair and flood of ...

Valley residents back from West Africa express compassion, concern over Ebola - Merced Sun-Star

Mon, 2014-11-03 03:38

Valley residents back from West Africa express compassion, concern over Ebola
Merced Sun-Star
He had planned to complete his two-year assignment in West Africa – and extend his service there for as long as the Corps would allow. When it came time to leave, Vargas, 27, almost refused to go ... In Karloken, where he taught biology and chemistry ...

'A Bold Effort': Illuminating images of slavery in the British Empire - Yale News

Mon, 2014-11-03 03:37

Yale News

'A Bold Effort': Illuminating images of slavery in the British Empire
Yale News
Four years later, the investigation has led to an unprecedented collaboration across the university resulting in two exhibitions, an international symposium, collections research, painting conservation, teaching from the collections, and public ...

Robots, sports and lasers: Five classes to take next semester - Arizona Daily Wildcat

Mon, 2014-11-03 01:56

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Robots, sports and lasers: Five classes to take next semester
Arizona Daily Wildcat
The instructor, Eva Hayward, specializes in marine ecology research and studies how humans project their attitudes toward sex onto animals. This course may ... For all liberal arts students who dread having to complete their Tier Two Natural Sciences ...

Scientists Are Looking To Bats To Figure Out How To Fight Ebola In Humans - Business Insider

Sun, 2014-11-02 11:57

Times of India

Scientists Are Looking To Bats To Figure Out How To Fight Ebola In Humans
Business Insider
While that makes them a fearsome reservoir of disease, especially in the forests of Africa where they migrate vast distances, it also opens the intriguing possibility that scientists might learn their trick in keeping killers like Ebola at bay ...
Bats may hold key to fight against EbolaTimes of India

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US doctor with Ebola improves; nurse's quarantined dog released - Washington Post

Sun, 2014-11-02 02:46

US doctor with Ebola improves; nurse's quarantined dog released
Washington Post
Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola, which is known to have killed almost 5,000 people in West Africa, several days after returning to New York from Guinea, where he had worked with Ebola patients. Fears of a spread of the disease in the United States ...

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Denver goes gorilla for Tinga and gorilla conservation in Africa - The Denver Post

Sun, 2014-11-02 00:58

The Denver Post

Denver goes gorilla for Tinga and gorilla conservation in Africa
The Denver Post
Back in 2004, Tinga's family of five was housed in Denver during renovations at the Los Angeles Zoo. She was born here, then grew up in Los Angeles under one of the "species survival plans" in which zoos nationwide constantly trade captive animals to ...

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Biofortification: The New 'Green Revolution' Of Genetically Engineered, More ... - Science 2.0

Sat, 2014-11-01 21:49

Science 2.0

Biofortification: The New 'Green Revolution' Of Genetically Engineered, More ...
Science 2.0
“The problem with supplements is that most pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned,” Aymeric Goyer, chief scientist of the project at Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, said. “By the time a woman realizes she is pregnant, the first few ...

Discoverer of Lucy skeleton hopes to find what made us human - Los Angeles Times

Sat, 2014-11-01 18:03

Discoverer of Lucy skeleton hopes to find what made us human
Los Angeles Times
She showed us it happened in Eastern Africa, and more specifically in the Afar region of Ethiopia where she was found. She also allowed ... The features that distinguish us from all other animals are symbolic language, our cooperation, and a culture ...

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Cambrian Explosion: Geography May Have Triggered Increase In Animal Life - Science 2.0

Sat, 2014-11-01 15:30

Science 2.0

Cambrian Explosion: Geography May Have Triggered Increase In Animal Life
Science 2.0
The paper is the first to integrate geological evidence from five present-day continents — North America, South America, Africa, Australia and Antarctica — in addressing paleogeography at that critical time. Dalziel proposes that present-day North ...
Massive geographic change may have triggered explosion of animal lifePhys.Org
Major tectonic event may have triggered burst of animal life 530 million years agoZee News
Tectonic event led to burst of animal life during Cambrian AgeBig News Network.com

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Why Scapegoating Bats Is A Big Mistake For Human Health - Huffington Post

Sat, 2014-11-01 01:50

Huffington Post

Why Scapegoating Bats Is A Big Mistake For Human Health
Huffington Post
Even before allegations emerged that West Africa's Ebola outbreak may have originated in bats, public opinion of the animal was hardly glowing. Years as a Halloween icon cast a dark shadow over the flying mammal's reputation. But leading experts in ...

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Maine judge rejects quarantine for Hickox, dismisses 'bad science, misinformation' - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Fri, 2014-10-31 20:23

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Maine judge rejects quarantine for Hickox, dismisses 'bad science, misinformation'
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
The order includes scientists and health-care experts who had been planning to attend a high-level conference on tropical diseases scheduled in New Orleans Nov. 2-6. Several experts from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control ...
Why Ebola Aid Workers Are Quarantining Themselves When Scientists Say They ...Huffington Post
Ebola: Nurse Beats Quarantine PushMedPage Today

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Pentagon Request Shows Scant Science Supports White House's Ebola ... - Foreign Policy

Fri, 2014-10-31 19:33

Foreign Policy

Pentagon Request Shows Scant Science Supports White House's Ebola ...
Foreign Policy
The Defense Department is seeking research that shows federal public-health officials and the broader medical community have a limited understanding of the Ebola virus, despite their assurances that the public should not panic about the deadly disease.

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Zoo Welcomes Two Rare Baby Animals (PHOTOS) - The Weather Channel

Fri, 2014-10-31 14:29

The Weather Channel

Zoo Welcomes Two Rare Baby Animals (PHOTOS)
The Weather Channel
Populations of kudu, long-horned antelope typically found throughout eastern and southern Africa, are dropping due to habitat loss, hunting and predation, reports The Nature Conservancy. "Their habitats are used for charcoal burning and farming, and ...

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