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Transgenic Cows Might Help Struggling Farmers In Africa - Popular Science

Thu, 2015-05-07 19:39

Popular Science

Transgenic Cows Might Help Struggling Farmers In Africa
Popular Science
Molecular geneticist Steve Kemp may have a solution that could help increase agricultural success on African farms, and it's all thanks to a baboon gene. This gene ... In animal-free zones, farmers work 90 percent of the land by hand. A lack of protein ...

Illegal Animal Trafficking Tough to Stop Despite San Jose Bust - San Jose Inside (blog)

Thu, 2015-05-07 19:12

San Jose Inside (blog)

Illegal Animal Trafficking Tough to Stop Despite San Jose Bust
San Jose Inside (blog)
These high prices have led to the widespread killing of animals for their parts, and the decimation of certain species. In the 1970s and 1980s, for example, the African elephant population plummeted was cut in more than half, from 1.3 million to about ...

NASA Warns About High CO2 Levels That Are Greening The Planet - Daily Caller

Thu, 2015-05-07 16:03

NASA Warns About High CO2 Levels That Are Greening The Planet
Daily Caller
It's been well documented by scientists that increased levels of carbon dioxide are actually causing vegetation and plant life to grow in even the world's most arid regions. That's because carbon dioxide is ... A 2013 by Australia's Commonwealth ...

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Cranky Parrots & Warty Pigeons Among Mauritius' Extinct Creatures - Live Science

Thu, 2015-05-07 11:16

Live Science

Cranky Parrots & Warty Pigeons Among Mauritius' Extinct Creatures
Live Science
The dodo bird was not the only wacky animal inhabitant of the island of Mauritius: Bad-tempered parrots, wart-faced pigeons and several other now-extinct but noteworthy indigenous animals called this land home, new research suggests. ... Winters found ...

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Ivory listings found on Craigslist as elephant poaching continues - Science News (blog)

Wed, 2015-05-06 16:35

Science News (blog)

Ivory listings found on Craigslist as elephant poaching continues
Science News (blog)
Forest elephants in Africa are closely related to the animals found on the savannahs, but conservation plans do not always recognize them as separate species. With elephant poaching now rampant, failing to acknowledge that there are two species African ...
Endangered Elephants Could Find Savior in Chinese Chat Sites (Op-Ed)Live Science

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As worldwide extinction speeds up, large plant-eaters could be first to go - OregonLive.com

Wed, 2015-05-06 14:01

OregonLive.com

As worldwide extinction speeds up, large plant-eaters could be first to go
OregonLive.com
Oregon State University professor William Ripple led a team of scientists from around the world on a new study that adds an exclamation point to recent reports that human activity will drive one in 13 of the world's species to extinction. But unlike ...

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Carat clue? African plant points to diamonds beneath ground, scientist says - RT

Wed, 2015-05-06 12:37

RT

Carat clue? African plant points to diamonds beneath ground, scientist says
RT
The researcher, who's also the chief exploration officer of Youssef Diamond Mining Company, which owns mining concessions in Liberia, believes that his discovery could “dramatically change the exploration dynamics for diamonds in West Africa, ...
Geologist Discovers Plant That May Only Grow On Top Of Soil Laden With ...Huffington Post
Diamonds Are Found Under Rare Plants in AfricaAtlanta Black Star
Pandanus candelabrum a botanical indicator for kimberlite pipes identified in ...Internet Stones. COM Media
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Birdfeeding favours exotic birds - The Guardian

Wed, 2015-05-06 05:55

The Guardian

Birdfeeding favours exotic birds
The Guardian
A team of scientists from New Zealand and Australia, led by Josie Galbraith, a doctoral candidate in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, wanted to know if bird feeding might increase the capacity of urban areas to support ...

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Documentarian Scott Hamilton Kennedy explores why activists block GMO ... - Genetic Literacy Project

Wed, 2015-05-06 03:26

Genetic Literacy Project

Documentarian Scott Hamilton Kennedy explores why activists block GMO ...
Genetic Literacy Project
Scott Hamilton and Trace Sheehan in the company of Farmers, scientist and the Writer During the filming, the duo witnessed how merciless the banana bacterial wilt is to African farmers and their families who are now relying on God's Grace to find ...

Stanford researcher imagines a world without large, plant-eating animals - Stanford University News

Tue, 2015-05-05 17:37

Stanford University News

Stanford researcher imagines a world without large, plant-eating animals
Stanford University News
The analysis, led by William Ripple of Oregon State University, was published in Science Advances, the open-access online journal of Science magazine. The study looks at endangerment status, key threats and ecological consequences of population ...

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Unrecognized Species of African Elephants Face Extinction - Nature World News

Tue, 2015-05-05 16:37

Nature World News

Unrecognized Species of African Elephants Face Extinction
Nature World News
Alfred Roca, a member of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, argues that many conservation groups are overlooking a very important fact: the African elephants recovering in southeastern Africa are very different than the pachyderms found ...

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Aspirin Precursor Defends Acacia Plants From Drought - SciDev.Net

Tue, 2015-05-05 12:51

Aspirin Precursor Defends Acacia Plants From Drought
SciDev.Net
A trial to develop drought-resistant acacia shrubs to combat desertification in Saudi Arabia has resulted in plants that can survive on as little as one litre of water a month. The desert trial, which ended last month, showed that acacia plants treated ...

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Bill Nye explains the science of racism — and according to his calculations ... - Raw Story

Tue, 2015-05-05 12:13

Raw Story

Bill Nye explains the science of racism — and according to his calculations ...
Raw Story
Bill Nye “The Science Guy” explained that racism shouldn't actually exist – at least, according to science. The popular scientist appeared Monday on “The Nightly Show,” where Larry Wilmore hosted Nye to discuss the science of racism with comedians Mike ...
Bill Nye reveals the science of racism: “We're all the same, from a scientific ...Salon

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Can This Scientist Unite Genetic Engineers and Organic Farmers? - National Geographic

Tue, 2015-05-05 11:43

National Geographic

Can This Scientist Unite Genetic Engineers and Organic Farmers?
National Geographic
But her innovations aren't limited to science. She's also ... Though there's no meaningful scientific definition of “genetic modification” (GM)—virtually all the food we eat has been genetically improved in some manner—most critiques center on moving ...

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Pass the salt, please. It's good for you. - Washington Post

Mon, 2015-05-04 21:51

Pass the salt, please. It's good for you.
Washington Post
“In biology, if something is attractive and we invest in gaining it, it must be beneficial, adaptive in evolutionary terms,” says Micah Leshem, a professor of psychology at Haifa University in Israel, who spent decades researching salt's unique appeal ...

Could traditional plants hold the secret to saving crops from pests? - GreenBiz

Mon, 2015-05-04 07:58

GreenBiz

Could traditional plants hold the secret to saving crops from pests?
GreenBiz
That's why some farmers near Arusha, a city in northern Tanzania, are looking with optimism to research underway at the nearby Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology. For her thesis project, graduate student Angela Mkindi is ...

Could traditional plants hold the secret to saving crops from pests? - GreenBiz

Mon, 2015-05-04 07:58

GreenBiz

Could traditional plants hold the secret to saving crops from pests?
GreenBiz
That's why some farmers near Arusha, a city in northern Tanzania, are looking with optimism to research underway at the nearby Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology. For her thesis project, graduate student Angela Mkindi is ...

Food security, livelihoods at risk as destructive pest invades Tanzania - Africa Science News Service

Mon, 2015-05-04 07:57

Food security, livelihoods at risk as destructive pest invades Tanzania
Africa Science News Service
The discovery of the papaya mealybug in Tanzania means that the rest of East Africa is now likely to be affected as well. According to Dr James, Legg, IITA entomologist, and one of the scientists who is leading the efforts to contain the pest after ...
Tanzania Invaded By the Deadly Papaya Mealy Bug DiseaseEast African Business Week

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Rare African plant signals diamonds beneath the soil - Science /AAAS

Mon, 2015-05-04 07:15

Science /AAAS

Rare African plant signals diamonds beneath the soil
Science /AAAS
Prospectors are going to “jump on it like crazy,” says Steven Shirey, a geologist specializing in diamond research at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.. Miners have long known that particular plants can signal ore-bearing rocks.

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Elephant Watch - The New Yorker

Mon, 2015-05-04 04:31

The New Yorker

Elephant Watch
The New Yorker
Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, a regional director for the U.S.-based International Fund for Animal Welfare, heard about the slaughter, travelled to the park, and notified the authorities in Yaoundé, the capital. ... in Africa. George Wittemyer, the chairman ...

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