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Luo bemoans lack of investment into science and technology in Africa - Lusaka Times

Tue, 2017-11-21 04:32

Lusaka Times

Luo bemoans lack of investment into science and technology in Africa
Lusaka Times
The event, which included a March past from Mukuni Park to the One Stop Tourism Centre, was hosted by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) of Zambia in partnership with the National Commission for Science and Technology (NSTC). “In Africa ...

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South Africa: Citizen Science - How Ordinary People Can Guard Cape Town's Biodiversity - AllAfrica.com

Mon, 2017-11-20 15:04

South Africa: Citizen Science - How Ordinary People Can Guard Cape Town's Biodiversity
AllAfrica.com
New research we conducted with our colleagues shows that some of these plant-killing microbes, known as Phytophthora, can be detected in urban areas before they get the chance to escape and spread into the natural environment. ... It engages non ...

Can genetically modified crops fix Africa's food crisis? - Raddington Report (blog)

Mon, 2017-11-20 12:01

Can genetically modified crops fix Africa's food crisis?
Raddington Report (blog)
A cell biologist, she's been studying these “resurrection plants” for over three decades. By borrowing their natural know-how, she hopes to genetically engineer food crops to become drought resistant. South Africa is still reeling from a two year-long ...

Like it or not, Africa's future lies in GM crops - The Times

Mon, 2017-11-20 00:05

The Times

Like it or not, Africa's future lies in GM crops
The Times
An even more dangerous foe than Robert Mugabe is stalking Africa. Early last year, a moth caterpillar called the fall armyworm, a native of the Americas, turned up in Nigeria. It has quickly spread across most of Africa. This is fairly terrifying news ...

Butler Early College Graduate returns from internship in South Africa - Butler County Times Gazette

Sun, 2017-11-19 08:15

Butler County Times Gazette

Butler Early College Graduate returns from internship in South Africa
Butler County Times Gazette
Weisser graduated from Butler's Early Health Science Academy in 2015. Because Weisser completed her Associate Degree at ... During her time in South Africa, she was able to study wild animals, including lions, monkeys, sables, roan antelope, cape ...

How a DNA revolution has decoded the origins of our humanity - The Guardian

Sun, 2017-11-19 00:05

The Guardian

How a DNA revolution has decoded the origins of our humanity
The Guardian
Their genetic analysis of soil samples, scraped from the cave floor, had pinpointed the presence of Neanderthals through that most definitive of biological markers: their DNA. In other words ... It was the scientific equivalent of “extracting gold dust ...

What Trophy Hunting Does to the Elephants It Leaves Behind - The Atlantic

Sat, 2017-11-18 16:25

The Atlantic

What Trophy Hunting Does to the Elephants It Leaves Behind
The Atlantic
If you were an elephant, you might be puzzling over human behavior this week. On Monday, the animal-rights attorney Steven Wise filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of three privately owned Asian elephants, arguing that the animals are “legal ...
Federal Register :: Issuance of Import Permits for Zimbabwe Elephant Trophies Taken on or After January 21, 2016 ...Federal Register

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GM banana shows promise against deadly fungus strain - Science Magazine

Fri, 2017-11-17 20:20

Science Magazine

GM banana shows promise against deadly fungus strain
Science Magazine
A field trial in Australia has shown that genetically modified banana trees can resist the deadly fungus that causes Panama disease, which has devastated banana crops in Asia, Africa, and Australia and is a major threat for banana growers in the ...

Ever Seen a Shark Walk? Tiny Animals Amaze on PBS - Live Science

Fri, 2017-11-17 18:29

Live Science

Ever Seen a Shark Walk? Tiny Animals Amaze on PBS
Live Science
By Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor | November 17, 2017 01:16pm ET. MORE ... If a receding tide strands the animal on the reef, not only can the shark slow its metabolism to survive for an hour on a single gasp of air, but it can also use its ...

Gene discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic - Science Daily

Fri, 2017-11-17 17:55

Gene discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic
Science Daily
University of California, Davis, researchers have identified a gene that enables resistance to a new devastating strain of stem rust, a fungal disease that is hampering wheat production throughout Africa and Asia and threatening food security worldwide.

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Scientists find push-pull technology curbs armyworms - Daily Nation

Fri, 2017-11-17 17:07

Daily Nation

Scientists find push-pull technology curbs armyworms
Daily Nation
The scientists have established that the push-pull technology advanced by Icipe is effective in controlling the fall armyworm . The intercrop emits a blend of compounds that repel away stem borer moths, while the border plants emit semi-chemicals that ...

Scientists discover technology to manage maize pest - Xinhua

Thu, 2017-11-16 17:21

Scientists discover technology to manage maize pest
Xinhua
NAIROBI, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Scientists at the Nairobi-based International Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) announced Thursday they have discovered a technology that will manage ravaging pest that has worsened food insecurity in Africa. In a ...

What 'left-handed' fish can teach us about asymetrical brains - ZME Science

Thu, 2017-11-16 15:35

ZME Science

What 'left-handed' fish can teach us about asymetrical brains
ZME Science
Scientists have shown that many great apes and birds also exhibit this bias. Now, a team at the University of Konstanz, Germany, found an intriguing relationship between handedness, brain structure, and genes in the cichlid fish. Such investigation ...

Scientists win UN data prize for monitoring threats to South African biodiversity hotspot - UB News Center

Thu, 2017-11-16 14:42

Scientists win UN data prize for monitoring threats to South African biodiversity hotspot
UB News Center
About 69 percent of the region's estimated 9,000 plant species live nowhere else in the world. Now, a team of scientists including University at Buffalo biogeographer Adam Wilson has won a United Nations (U.N.) data prize for creating a digital tool ...

Africa: Goat Gives Birth to 'Human' Kids... for Real? - AllAfrica.com

Thu, 2017-11-16 12:32

AllAfrica.com

Africa: Goat Gives Birth to 'Human' Kids... for Real?
AllAfrica.com
First things first: It is biologically impossible for humans to cross-breed with goats or sheep, Dr Carina Visser, senior lecturer in the department of animal and wildlife sciences at the University of Pretoria, told Africa Check. "In genetic terms ...

Italian Scientist Brings 'Pasta Power' Climate Adaptation Solution to West Africa - PR Newswire UK (press release)

Thu, 2017-11-16 11:28

Italian Scientist Brings 'Pasta Power' Climate Adaptation Solution to West Africa
PR Newswire UK (press release)
The genome fingerprinting research project led by Dr Filippo Bassi of ICARDA and Professor Rodomiro Ortiz (SLU, Alnarp), and funded by the Swedish Research Council, used non-GM molecular breeding techniques to develop a set of durum wheat varieties ...

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Orcas vs great white sharks: in a battle of the apex predators who wins? - The Guardian (blog)

Thu, 2017-11-16 11:16

The Guardian (blog)

Orcas vs great white sharks: in a battle of the apex predators who wins?
The Guardian (blog)
The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, is considered the most voracious apex predator in temperate marine ecosystems worldwide, playing a key role in controlling ecosystem dynamics. As a result, it is difficult to imagine a great white as prey.

Trump Is Allowing Hunters To Import Elephant Trophies Back To The US - BuzzFeed News

Thu, 2017-11-16 03:56

New York Post

Trump Is Allowing Hunters To Import Elephant Trophies Back To The US
BuzzFeed News
The Trump administration will again allow hunters to import the heads of elephants killed in two African countries back to the United States, reversing an Obama-era ban and furthering the administration's efforts to promote hunting. ... "By lifting the ...
Trump to lift ban on importing elephant trophies from AfricaNew York Post
Trump administration reverses ban on import of elephant trophiesUSA TODAY
Global outcry as Trump allows big game hunters (like his sons) to bring severed African elephant heads and tusks ...Daily Mail
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Trump to allow imports of African elephant trophies - The Hill

Thu, 2017-11-16 01:49

The Hill

Trump to allow imports of African elephant trophies
The Hill
The United States and international authorities say the African elephant is a threatened species, and the Obama administration argued that allowing trophy imports would harm the animals by encouraging killing them. ... “By lifting the import ban on ...

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