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First-ever UN forum on albinism in Africa to focus on 'less talk, more action' - UN News Centre

Wed, 2016-06-15 13:07

UN News Centre

First-ever UN forum on albinism in Africa to focus on 'less talk, more action'
UN News Centre
15 June 2016 – The first-ever United Nations-sponsored regional forum for Action on Albinism in Africa will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 17 to 19 June to develop specific measures to tackle the attacks and discrimination faced by persons ...

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Drone Photography Reveals How Apartheid Shaped South African Cities - Co.Design (blog)

Wed, 2016-06-15 11:11

Co.Design (blog)

Drone Photography Reveals How Apartheid Shaped South African Cities
Co.Design (blog)
In South Africa, for example, where the institutionalization of apartheid divided the country and its resources by race from 1948 to 1994, a history of separation and inequality is permanently carved into the built environment. Physical barriers like ...

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How looking 250 million years into the past could save modern species - CNN

Wed, 2016-06-15 00:34

CNN

How looking 250 million years into the past could save modern species
CNN
Jennifer Botha-Brink is Specialist Museum Scientist and Research Affiliate at the University of the Free State, South Africa. CNN is showcasing the work of The Conversation, a collaboration between journalists and academics to provide news analysis and ...

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African trophy hunts rarely benefit conservation, report says - MyStatesman.com

Tue, 2016-06-14 22:21

MyStatesman.com

African trophy hunts rarely benefit conservation, report says
MyStatesman.com
Despite claims to the contrary by Texas hunters, there is little evidence that wildlife trophy hunting has benefited rare species in several African countries, according to a new report by Democrats in Washington. ... Last year, a Dallas man who bid ...
On the Anniversary of Cecil's Death, House Democrats Target Trophy HuntingTakePart
Research reveals shocking scale of trophy hunting industry worldwideGay Star News

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Maps reveal global hotspots for where diseases pass from animals to humans - Daily Mail

Tue, 2016-06-14 17:02

Daily Mail

Maps reveal global hotspots for where diseases pass from animals to humans
Daily Mail
Researchers have discovered a series of hotspots around the world where certain types of animals pose a greater risk of transmitting diseases to humans. Rodents, for example, pose a greater risk in Europe and Russia while hooved animals like ungulates ...
These maps reveal where rats, monkeys, and other mammals may pass diseases on to humansScience Daily
New Maps Show Where Rats, Bats, and Monkeys May Transmit Diseases to HumansThe Science Explorer

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Concrete science - Science News for Students

Tue, 2016-06-14 16:23

Science News for Students

Concrete science
Science News for Students
So it's little wonder that this building material is the focus of much research, even among teens. The idea of concrete as a research topic may seem drab and low-tech. After all, it's been in use since ancient Rome. Yet finding new or better uses for a ...

New UN study identifies small fish with 'big role' to play feeding Africa's drylands - UN News Centre

Tue, 2016-06-14 16:20

UN News Centre

New UN study identifies small fish with 'big role' to play feeding Africa's drylands
UN News Centre
The UN agency is highlighting that water is an ephemeral resource in Africa's dryland regions, with water bodies forming and disappearing in a relatively short period of time. Despite this, fish – some of which weigh as ... Fish offer a nutritional ...

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Millions of animal 'trophies' exported across borders, figures show - The Guardian

Tue, 2016-06-14 12:00

The Guardian

Millions of animal 'trophies' exported across borders, figures show
The Guardian
Around 1.7m animal “trophies” have been exported across borders by hunters in the last decade, with at least 200,000 of them endangered species, according to a new report. US hunters are by far the largest killers of trophy animals, including half of ...
New IFAW Report Provides In-Depth Look at Scope and Scale of Trophy Hunting Industry WorldwidePR Newswire (press release)

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Rome clinic gives exotic animals confiscated from Italy's underworld a second chance - The Japan Times

Tue, 2016-06-14 04:24

The Japan Times

Rome clinic gives exotic animals confiscated from Italy's underworld a second chance
The Japan Times
Inside the majestic Appia Antica park near the historic city center, a veterinary clinic called “Our Animal Kingdom” is now home to exotic turtles, deer, boars, parrots, vultures, eagles and even a group of excitable lemurs. Every year, Italian police ...

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A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You - NPR

Mon, 2016-06-13 18:26

NPR

A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You
NPR
Some people may be dimly aware that Thailand's chilies and Italy's tomatoes — despite being central to their respective local cuisines – originated in South America. Now, for the first time, a new study reveals the full extent of globalization in our ...

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Samuel K. Wasser, a Scientific Detective Tailing Poachers - New York Times

Mon, 2016-06-13 17:28

New York Times

Samuel K. Wasser, a Scientific Detective Tailing Poachers
New York Times
At the same time I did this, ivory poaching was exploding all over Africa. These were the years when more than 700,000 elephants were slaughtered. I worked in a protected area, and yet wherever I went I saw elephant carcasses. I started thinking, “God, ...
Poison ivory? Scientists say the sale of legally collected elephant ivory was a disasterWashington Post
Legal ivory sale drove dramatic increase in elephant poaching, study showsThe Guardian

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UNC Faculty Researcher Studying Religion, Diversity in West Africa - UNCO News Central

Mon, 2016-06-13 15:40

UNC Faculty Researcher Studying Religion, Diversity in West Africa
UNCO News Central
Barton was one of 16 faculty members selected by the U.S. Department of Education to attend the five-week program on religion and diversity in West Africa. Based at the West African Research Center in Dakar, the seminar explores why religious and ...

Africa: PM Murekezi Calls for Agricultural Research to Bolster Growth - AllAfrica.com

Mon, 2016-06-13 13:32

AllAfrica.com

Africa: PM Murekezi Calls for Agricultural Research to Bolster Growth
AllAfrica.com
The Rt Hon Prime Minister of Rwanda Anastase Murekezi has said that agriculture research is critical towards the development of the sector that currently employs over 65 percent of the continent's population. While opening the 7th Africa agriculture ...
[PHOTOS]: Africa's food security depends on research, innovation - expertsThe New Times

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Darwin's 'true century' was delayed until animal biographies illuminated social evolution - Phys.Org

Mon, 2016-06-13 13:08

Darwin's 'true century' was delayed until animal biographies illuminated social evolution
Phys.Org
Over the last fifty years, long-term studies following individual animals over entire lifespans have allowed insight into the evolutionary influence of social behaviour – finally fulfilling the holistic approach to evolution first suggested by Darwin ...

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“Are we animals?” Nigeriens respond to Foreign Policy's 'Dead Man's Market' - African Arguments (registration)

Mon, 2016-06-13 12:59

African Arguments (registration)

“Are we animals?” Nigeriens respond to Foreign Policy's 'Dead Man's Market'
African Arguments (registration)
“Are we animals? How do these people think of us? People do not slit other people's throats just like that in here!” Saleh, a community leader, said: “the palais phenomenon was a painful experience but, thank God, the violence has now calmed down, ...

Spread of human disease from animals mapped - BBC News

Mon, 2016-06-13 11:45

BBC News

Spread of human disease from animals mapped
BBC News
Scientists say they have developed a better way to predict how animal diseases can spill over into humans. Their model for Lassa fever, which is spread by rats, predicts that there will be twice as many human cases of the disease in Africa by 2070.
Predicting disease outbreaks using environmental changesScience Daily

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Spread of human disease from animals mapped - BBC News

Mon, 2016-06-13 11:21

BBC News

Spread of human disease from animals mapped
BBC News
Scientists say they have developed a better way to predict how animal diseases can spill over into humans. Their model for Lassa fever, which is spread by rats, predicts that there will be twice as many human cases of the disease in Africa by 2070.
Zika, Ebola Outbreaks Can Be Predicted Using Climate Change, Scientists SayNature World News
Predicting disease spread from animals improves with new modelMedical News Today
British Scientists Create A New Model To Predict DiseasesNews Every day
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3-D printed weather stations fill gaps in developing world - whnt.com

Sun, 2016-06-12 23:16

whnt.com

3-D printed weather stations fill gaps in developing world
whnt.com
BOULDER — Scientists have successfully installed the first wave of low-cost weather stations that are designed to provide critically needed information to farmers and other residents in developing countries. ... They were created by weather experts at ...

Scientists use climate, population changes to predict diseases - Reuters

Sun, 2016-06-12 23:02

Reuters

Scientists use climate, population changes to predict diseases
Reuters
LONDON British scientists say they have developed a model that can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those such as Ebola and Zika that jump from animals to humans – based on changes in climate. Describing their model as "a major improvement in ...
Predicting disease outbreaks using environmental changesEurekAlert (press release)

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Big Game Hunting Tourists Trumpet Their Contributions to African Economies - Skift

Sun, 2016-06-12 20:04

Skift

Big Game Hunting Tourists Trumpet Their Contributions to African Economies
Skift
The conservation arm of Safari Club International, which suspended the membership of U.S. dentist Walter Palmer for shooting Cecil, has published research that says trophy hunting contributes $426 million dollars to eight, mostly poor sub-Saharan ...