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How Arctic spring kills birds in Africa - Science Daily

Thu, 2016-05-12 19:10

Science Daily

How Arctic spring kills birds in Africa
Science Daily
This material relates to a paper that appeared in the May 13, 2016, issue of Science, published by AAAS. The paper, by J.A. van Gils at NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research in Den Burg, Netherlands, and colleagues was titled, "Body ...

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Mosquito-repellent soap invention seeks to wash away Africa malaria threat - KFGO

Thu, 2016-05-12 13:28

Mosquito-repellent soap invention seeks to wash away Africa malaria threat
KFGO
Yet Faso Soap must be tested to ensure it is safe for human use and effective at preventing malaria before it can be mass produced by soap manufacturers in Africa, said Franck Langevin, campaigns director for the Ouagadougou-based startup. The soap ...

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Ghana's coastal erosion: The village buried in sand - BBC News

Wed, 2016-05-11 23:40

BBC News

Ghana's coastal erosion: The village buried in sand
BBC News
Fuveme is visibly shrinking: It is one of Ghana's coastal villages which are vanishing because of coastal erosion. What was once a thriving fishing community is now best reachable by boat because of rising sea levels. Waves have taken whole parts of ...

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Cute baby zoo animals for spring 2016 - USA TODAY

Wed, 2016-05-11 23:29

USA TODAY

Cute baby zoo animals for spring 2016
USA TODAY
The coalition's goal is to create a sustainable cheetah population that will prevent extinction of the world's fastest land animal. Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Park. Courtesy of the ... Rayne is a black duiker. In the wild, black duikers are found in parts ...

Starfish-like creatures reveal surprise about biodiversity in the deep ocean - Los Angeles Times

Wed, 2016-05-11 23:26

Los Angeles Times

Starfish-like creatures reveal surprise about biodiversity in the deep ocean
Los Angeles Times
Most of us are vaguely familiar with the brittle star -- the slender, five-armed cousin of the starfish. But perhaps you were not aware of how amazingly ubiquitous they are throughout all the oceans and seas on the planet. This diverse group of animals ...

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DNA Pinpoints Where Camel Breeding Began - Discovery News

Wed, 2016-05-11 19:55

Tech Times

DNA Pinpoints Where Camel Breeding Began
Discovery News
After comparing DNA of wild and early-domesticated dromedaries as much as 7,000 years old with the genetic samples of more than 1,000 modern dromedaries , the team determined that the Southeast Arabian Peninsula was the birthplace of dromedary ...
Ancient trade routes written in camel genesBBC News
History of human trade is written in camel genesChristian Science Monitor
This Is How Human Trade Routes Influenced Genetics Of Dromedary CamelsTech Times
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Brazilian Researchers Find Evidence Zika Is Getting Worse - NBCNews.com

Wed, 2016-05-11 16:59

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Brazilian Researchers Find Evidence Zika Is Getting Worse
NBCNews.com
Much more research needs to be done to prove this — but the findings mesh with other findings that show mutations that make the Zika strain now circulating in Latin America and the South Pacific are different from older strains first seen in Africa in ...
Chinese scientists confirm Zika, microcephaly linkChina.org.cn
Zika virus in Brazil kills brain cell, impairs intra uterine growth of mice fetuses(e) Science News (press release) (registration)

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History of human trade is written in camel genes - Christian Science Monitor

Wed, 2016-05-11 13:06

Tech Times

History of human trade is written in camel genes
Christian Science Monitor
Our influence on domesticated animals may be written in their genes, if the camel is a good measuring stick. In fact, ancient trade routes may have shaped the current genetic diversity of one-humped camels, or dromedaries, according to a new study ...
This Is How Human Trade Routes Influenced Genetics Of Dromedary CamelsTech Times
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Electric Cars Are Not Necessarily Clean - Scientific American

Wed, 2016-05-11 12:50

Scientific American

Electric Cars Are Not Necessarily Clean
Scientific American
But those smokestacks, many attached to coal-fired power plants, are the single-largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the U.S., at two billion metric tons of CO2 per year. That source would grow as electric cars demand more and more electricity ...

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Africa going nuclear? - Institute for Security Studies (press release) (blog)

Wed, 2016-05-11 09:13

Institute for Security Studies (press release) (blog)

Africa going nuclear?
Institute for Security Studies (press release) (blog)
South Africa now has the only nuclear power plant on the African continent, comprising the two reactors at Koeberg, just north of Cape Town, producing a total of about 1 860 megawatts (MW) of electricity. It also has ... Russia is the world's largest ...

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Google Images 'as good as fieldwork' for studying animal colour - The Guardian

Wed, 2016-05-11 05:01

Google Images 'as good as fieldwork' for studying animal colour
The Guardian
Studying photographs of animals posted online by the general public has proven to be as valuable as traditional fieldwork in research on the locations of species that have evolved with different colours. Colour polymorphism - the occurrence of two or ...

The Plan to Rescue Hawaii's Birds with Genetic Engineering - MIT Technology Review

Wed, 2016-05-11 04:01

MIT Technology Review

The Plan to Rescue Hawaii's Birds with Genetic Engineering
MIT Technology Review
Hawaii's fourth largest island, says Paxton, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, is seeing a sudden, rapid decline in native birds. The prime suspect is ... Scientists have created a genetically modified American elm tree resistant to the ...

Global scientific community must secure health of planet, report urges - Science Daily

Wed, 2016-05-11 02:08

VICE News

Global scientific community must secure health of planet, report urges
Science Daily
The first annual State of the World's Plants report, which involved more than 80 scientists and took a year to produce, is a baseline assessment of current knowledge on the diversity of plants on earth, the global threats these plants currently face ...
Twenty Percent of the World's Plants Could Go Extinct — And It's Not Just From Climate ChangeVICE News
Fifth of world's plants under threat of extinction, according to UK reportSouth China Morning Post
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Hillary Clinton wants you to know what she thinks about animals - Washington Post

Tue, 2016-05-10 15:42

Washington Post

Hillary Clinton wants you to know what she thinks about animals
Washington Post
A growing minority thinks animals should have the same rights as humans, according to a 2015 Gallup poll, while a majority is “very or somewhat concerned” about animals at research labs, circuses, zoos and, to a lesser extent, farms that raise them for ...

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Insect larvae as an additional source of protein for Europe's animal feed - Phys.Org

Tue, 2016-05-10 12:16

Insect larvae as an additional source of protein for Europe's animal feed
Phys.Org
The biological reprocessing of organic waste was a key concept for PROTEINSECT, as not only would insect use for animal feed help to alleviate Europe's protein deficit, but would also facilitate significant reductions in waste volumes. The project ...

Redesigning roots to help crop plants survive hard times - Phys.Org

Tue, 2016-05-10 11:50

Phys.Org

Redesigning roots to help crop plants survive hard times
Phys.Org
Penn State crop scientist Jonathan Lynch has spent his career exploring how to make crop plants better able to grow in dry, low-nutrient soils, as a way to fight the chronic food shortages that plague much of the world. He has never ... So for the ...

Pablo Escobar's Escaped Hippos Are Thriving in Colombia - National Geographic

Tue, 2016-05-10 11:02

National Geographic

Pablo Escobar's Escaped Hippos Are Thriving in Colombia
National Geographic
Natives of Africa, three females and one male hippo were left to their own devices in the ranch's pond. With mild weather and no competition, the hippos thrived. Over time, some of the animals began to venture away from the pond, into nearby rivers and ...

Ancient trade routes written in camel genes - BBC News

Tue, 2016-05-10 10:36

BBC News

Ancient trade routes written in camel genes
BBC News
A study of one of the world's most important domesticated animals - the dromedary camel - has revealed how its genetic diversity has been shaped by ancient trade routes. Scientists examined DNA samples from more than 1,000 one-humped camels. ... The ...
Origin of dromedary camel domestication discoveredScience Daily
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Confronting Drought in Africa's Drylands: Opportunities for Enhancing Resilience - Reliefweb

Tue, 2016-05-10 06:55

Reliefweb

Confronting Drought in Africa's Drylands: Opportunities for Enhancing Resilience
Reliefweb
Launched at the First Great Green Wall Conference held in Dakar, the report Confronting Drought in Africa's Drylands: Opportunities for Enhancing Resilience estimates that a set of interventions could help reduce the impact of drought by about half in ...

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A fifth of all plants threatened as habitats shrink worldwide - New Scientist

Mon, 2016-05-09 23:06

New Scientist

A fifth of all plants threatened as habitats shrink worldwide
New Scientist
Plant habitats are changing – mainly shrinking – globally and more than 20 per cent of plant species are now at risk of extinction worldwide. That's according to the first global assessment of the state of the world's plants by London's Royal Botanic ...
Kew report makes new tally for number of world's plantsBBC News
Africa's intensive farming means two-thirds of land used for beans will be wiped out by 2100Daily Mail
Royal Botanical Gardens: Mixed report on the world's plantsPhys.Org
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