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Rethinking the Calorie - The Atlantic

Tue, 2016-01-26 17:33

The Atlantic

Rethinking the Calorie
The Atlantic
Haelle is a freelance science journalist, based in Illinois. She understands the science of weight loss, but, like Nash, doesn't see it translate into practice. “It makes sense from a mathematical and scientific and even visceral level that what you ...

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Rare white giraffe spotted in East Africa - Philly.com

Tue, 2016-01-26 15:25

Philly.com

Rare white giraffe spotted in East Africa
Philly.com
A rare white giraffe, photographed last week at a national game reserve in East Africa, could become a target for poachers, an ecologist said. The stunningly pale calf was first discovered in Jan. 2015 in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park. Now a year ...
This rare white giraffe may be happy, but its life is in dangerCNN International

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Scientists prove key aspect of evolutionary theory - Phys.Org

Tue, 2016-01-26 08:46

Phys.Org

Scientists prove key aspect of evolutionary theory
Phys.Org
In order to demonstrate the Meselson effect in T.b. gambiense, the research team, led by Dr. Annette Macleod, sequenced the genomes of 85 isolates of the parasite, including multiple samples from disease focus points within Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire and ...
Researchers confirm key component of evolutionary theoryUPI.com

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Zebra cousin went extinct 100 years ago. Now, it's back - CNN

Tue, 2016-01-26 02:06

CNN

Zebra cousin went extinct 100 years ago. Now, it's back
CNN
These animals used to roam South Africa in vast herds, but European settlers fixed the beasts in their sights, killing them at an alarming rate. By the 1880s, the last known example had died. Now, however, scientists have bred an animal that looks ...

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Zebra cousin went extinct 100 years ago. Now, it's back - CNN

Tue, 2016-01-26 02:06

Zebra cousin went extinct 100 years ago. Now, it's back
CNN
These animals used to roam South Africa in vast herds, but European settlers fixed the beasts in their sights, killing them at an alarming rate. By the 1880s, the last known example had died. Now, however, scientists have bred an animal that looks ...

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African sleeping sickness parasite 'has not had sex in 10000 years' - The Independent

Tue, 2016-01-26 00:22

The Independent

African sleeping sickness parasite 'has not had sex in 10000 years'
The Independent
The parasite kills more than 6,000 people a year in sub-Saharan Africa where it is transmitted from one person to another via the bite of the tsetse fly. It is thought it originally lived in wild animals but was transmitted into humans when they first ...
The parasite that causes the African sleeping sickness has not had sex in 10000 years, new study showsNEWS.com.au

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Animal 'Selfies' Reveal Amazing Biodiversity in Tropical Forests - Live Science

Mon, 2016-01-25 22:24

Live Science

Animal 'Selfies' Reveal Amazing Biodiversity in Tropical Forests
Live Science
19 in the journal PLOS Biology, scientists wove together threads of a global biodiversity story, told in photos triggered by animals in 15 tropical forests in South America, Africa and Asia. Approximately 2.5 million "selfies" of unknowing mammals and ...

Photos: Hidden Cameras Find Diverse Animals in Tropical Forests - Live Science

Mon, 2016-01-25 22:22

Live Science

Photos: Hidden Cameras Find Diverse Animals in Tropical Forests
Live Science
And scientists representing a global conservation collaboration called the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM) have shared photographic evidence of thriving biodiversity in 15 tropical forests across three continents. Captured ...

South Africa imposes year-long leopard hunting ban for 2016 - The Guardian

Mon, 2016-01-25 21:38

The Guardian

South Africa imposes year-long leopard hunting ban for 2016
The Guardian
The department said it was acting on recommendations from South Africa's scientific authority, which had suggested an intervention to ensure the survival of the leopard population. Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of ...
One year leopard trophy-hunting ban in South AfricaBlasting News
South Africa Gives Leopards a One-Year Break From Being HuntedTakePart
Leopard Hunting Banned in South Africa For Remainder of 2016Nature World News
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Why do zebras have stripes? It's not for camouflage, say scientists. - Christian Science Monitor

Mon, 2016-01-25 19:43

Christian Science Monitor

Why do zebras have stripes? It's not for camouflage, say scientists.
Christian Science Monitor
The new research says that zebra stripes cannot have evolved to blend the beasts into the background, nor to break up their outline, because at the distance where the stripes become visible to predators, they have likely already seen or smelled the ...
Zebra Stripes Cannot Camouflage, ScientistsCounsel & Heal
New Study Finds No Link Between Zebra Stripes And CamouflagingSTGIST
Zebras' stripes don't deter predators: researchers concludeNewsPoint Africa

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Deforestation Threatens Pygmies, Study Finds - New York Times

Mon, 2016-01-25 19:06

New York Times

Deforestation Threatens Pygmies, Study Finds
New York Times
There are about 920,000 pygmies in central Africa, but their forest communities are fragmented and endangered by logging, mining and land clearance, according to a consortium of researchers who collaborated to create the first scientific estimate of ...

Storks Are Changing Migration Patterns To Lunch At Landfills - Popular Science

Mon, 2016-01-25 17:28

Popular Science

Storks Are Changing Migration Patterns To Lunch At Landfills
Popular Science
In a paper published in Science Advances, researchers found that some populations of white storks in Europe were changing their migration patterns to take advantage of landfills--an all-you-can-eat buffet for birds. By tracking white stork populations ...
White storks found to be altering migration patterns due to human environmental changesPhys.Org
Storks spend winter eating rubbish in landfills, not flying to AfricaEconomic Times

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Lanky bird's killer kick quantified - BBC News

Mon, 2016-01-25 17:13

BBC News

Lanky bird's killer kick quantified
BBC News
The scientists made their measurements by dragging his vulcanised victims over concealed force plates. Writing in the journal Current Biology, they say that studying such extreme examples of animal movement could help design fast-moving robot limbs or ...

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Ninja Eagles On Stilts - The Atlantic

Mon, 2016-01-25 17:02

The Atlantic

Ninja Eagles On Stilts
The Atlantic
When you're filming a bird that specializes at kicking snakes to death, you'd better be careful about your power cables. Steve Portugal learned that the hard way when studying secretary birds—a long-legged bird of prey with an appetite for snakes and ...
Researchers analyze precision of secretary bird's deadly kickUPI.com

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Record temperatures almost certainly manmade, say scientists - Christian Science Monitor

Mon, 2016-01-25 16:59

Christian Science Monitor

Record temperatures almost certainly manmade, say scientists
Christian Science Monitor
Last year was the hottest since records began in the 19th century in a trend that almost all scientists blame on greenhouse gases from burning of fossil fuels, stoking heat waves, droughts, downpours and rising sea levels. "Recent observed runs of ...
SA warned to brace for more heat, very little rainEyewitness News

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South Africa: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Meets Sabbs Executives - AllAfrica.com

Sun, 2016-01-24 19:22

South Africa: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Meets Sabbs Executives
AllAfrica.com
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries would like to clarify the statement published by the SABBS' Interim Executive Steering Committee on the outcome of the meeting held with the Registrar of the Animal Improvement Act, 1998 (Act No ...

East Africa: Now, Drones Used to Gather Crop Data - AllAfrica.com

Sun, 2016-01-24 13:32

East Africa: Now, Drones Used to Gather Crop Data
AllAfrica.com
Scientists from various research institutions in the region are carrying out a pilot project for gathering crop data using drones. The researchers from ... "Crop statistics are important for planning, policy making and timely interventions to address ...

Ethiopia Drought Crisis: Pastoralists Threatened By El Niño, Land Grabbing, Population Growth Adopt Nontraditional ... - International Business Times

Sun, 2016-01-24 13:11

Ethiopia Drought Crisis: Pastoralists Threatened By El Niño, Land Grabbing, Population Growth Adopt Nontraditional ...
International Business Times
“The bottom line is, there's just not enough grass out there to support the numbers of animals needed to provide for growing human populations,” said Layne Coppock, a professor of environment and society at Utah State University in Logan whose research ...

Ask a Scientist: Secrets of a dog's nose - Charlotte Observer

Sun, 2016-01-24 12:00

Charlotte Observer

Ask a Scientist: Secrets of a dog's nose
Charlotte Observer
A. You might have encountered the unpleasant smell of a dead animal as you were driving down the road. As a cadaver ... For example, some types of rats are being used in Africa and Asia to detect landmines. Q. Can dogs use their noses ... A. Scientists ...

Scientists Find Most Ancient Evidence of War - Voice of America (blog)

Sun, 2016-01-24 10:17

Voice of America (blog)

Scientists Find Most Ancient Evidence of War
Voice of America (blog)
Scientists say they believe the remains are from a Stone Age culture of about 10,000 years ago. The so-called Nataruk fossils show signs of a ... She wrote that the victims were people who hunted, fished and gathered plants for food. She described the ...

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