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Watch: The Devil's Fingers Fungus Will Haunt Your Dreams - National Geographic

Mon, 2017-07-31 19:41

National Geographic

Watch: The Devil's Fingers Fungus Will Haunt Your Dreams
National Geographic
Some of the most nightmarish creatures on Earth are plants and fungi that can't chase you but manage to look malevolent anyway. Sometimes there's logic behind our fears, says fungi researcher Kathy Hodge at Cornell University. Some mushrooms and ...

Some 'invasive' species have been around for a long time - UPI.com

Mon, 2017-07-31 15:51

UPI.com

Some 'invasive' species have been around for a long time
UPI.com
July 31 (UPI) -- Until now, scientists believed, Chrysocoma cilliata, a flowering plant colonizing degraded land in the Lesotho Highlands, was an invasive species. But new research suggests the plant, a member of the daisy family, has been around for ...

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Air-Breathing Fish 'Hibernate' in Pods on Dry Land (Video) - Live Science

Mon, 2017-07-31 15:44

Live Science

Air-Breathing Fish 'Hibernate' in Pods on Dry Land (Video)
Live Science
But when temperatures heat up and their watery habitats disappear, African lungfish respond by tunneling underground and generating a leathery enclosure that retains moisture but still allows enough air flow around their bodies for them to keep ...

Study Finds Aardvarks Suffering as African Climate Heats Up - U.S. News & World Report

Mon, 2017-07-31 09:06

U.S. News & World Report

Study Finds Aardvarks Suffering as African Climate Heats Up
U.S. News & World Report
In this photo supplied by the University of the Witwatersrand an aardvark is captured on camera in the dark at the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa, in April 2012. A new study says hotter temperatures caused by climate change are taking their toll ...

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Can famine be checked as Africa faces its worst crisis since the 1980s? - Christian Science Monitor

Sun, 2017-07-30 16:00

Christian Science Monitor

Can famine be checked as Africa faces its worst crisis since the 1980s?
Christian Science Monitor
Now she and her neighbors in Sihanamaro do have a choice as they gird themselves, like millions of others in Africa's arid zones, to cope better with drought and the threat of famine. With help from UNICEF, they have installed seven community faucets ...

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Dagga experts square off in 'trial of the plant' - Times LIVE

Sun, 2017-07-30 10:43

Times LIVE

Dagga experts square off in 'trial of the plant'
Times LIVE
Donald Abrams‚ Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and Chief of Haematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital‚ is another scientific expert who has done extensive research on medicinal use of ...

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Zimbabwe: Chinese Investments Help Boost Zimbabwean Economy - AllAfrica.com

Sun, 2017-07-30 06:19

Zimbabwe: Chinese Investments Help Boost Zimbabwean Economy
AllAfrica.com
Harare — Zimbabwe is benefitting from lucrative business deals with China, with the Asian giant becoming the biggest injector of foreign direct investment (FDI) in this southern African country. The Zimbabwe Investment Authority approved 929 million U ...

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Cover Photo - New York Times

Sat, 2017-07-29 14:59

New York Times

Cover Photo
New York Times
It is a two-headed problem, scientists and activists say, and it could be one of the gravest challenges Africa faces: The quality of farmland in many areas is getting worse, and the number of people squeezed onto that land is rising fast. “It's a ...

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Scientists give a chrysanthemum the blues - gulfnews.com

Sat, 2017-07-29 11:00

gulfnews.com

Scientists give a chrysanthemum the blues
gulfnews.com
New York City: A blue human is a cold, dead or sad human. We don't want to be blue. And flowers don't appear to, either. Less than 10 per cent of 400,000 floral species bear blue flowers. It's unclear why. Pollinators such as blue flowers, after all ...

Rhino poachers move to easier killing fields - Independent Online

Sat, 2017-07-29 06:27

Independent Online

Rhino poachers move to easier killing fields
Independent Online
... just after being darted from a helicopter to collect DNA samples. Extensive DNA research on rhinos resulted in the African rhino being the only wild animal whose body parts can be traced back to the individual animal from which they were removed ...

Why Are Some African Lions 'White?' - National Geographic

Sat, 2017-07-29 04:02

National Geographic

Why Are Some African Lions 'White?'
National Geographic
... lions are albino, they're not—true albinos are unable to produce any kind of pigment, hence their white coloration and pink eyes: Blood vessels normally masked by eye color show through. (See "Pictures: Special Albinos and Unusually White Animals.").

Zimbabwe: Nkayi Pupils Appeal for Funds to Attend South Africa Science Fair - AllAfrica.com

Fri, 2017-07-28 09:54

Zimbabwe: Nkayi Pupils Appeal for Funds to Attend South Africa Science Fair
AllAfrica.com
The pupils - two boys and two girls- are part of the local delegation which was chosen through the Zimbabwe Science Fair which will participate at the Northern Gauteng Expo for young scientists in South Africa. The expo will be held on August 8. The ...

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Hunting-related pathogen exposure not just for adult males - Medical Xpress

Thu, 2017-07-27 18:00

Medical Xpress

Hunting-related pathogen exposure not just for adult males
Medical Xpress
Hunting and slaughtering wild animals in Western and Central Africa can put humans at risk of contracting zoonotic infections, including Ebola virus and Lassa virus. While previous studies have suggested that this risky hunting behavior is mostly ...

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How Changing Our Diet Could Save Animals from Extinction - The Revelator

Thu, 2017-07-27 15:00

The Revelator

How Changing Our Diet Could Save Animals from Extinction
The Revelator
Wildlife would disappear most dramatically in the remaining forests and grasslands of Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. The greatest species loss would occur in the Peruvian Amazon basin where as many as 317 species could vanish as a result of ...

How to tackle one of Africa's nastiest problems - The Economist

Thu, 2017-07-27 14:57

The Economist

How to tackle one of Africa's nastiest problems
The Economist
It is exciting, therefore, that a team of scientists at a research institute in Kenya think peste des petits ruminants, or “goat plague”, could be eradicated too, thanks to their new vaccine. The disease kills up to 70% of the herds of sheep or goats ...

Sanctuaries in Africa offer to take exotic pets from UAE following amnesty - The National

Thu, 2017-07-27 13:14

The National

Sanctuaries in Africa offer to take exotic pets from UAE following amnesty
The National
“If there is a registered facility like RAK Zoo, the owner can legally export the animals that are kept there,” he added. “Private individuals can surrender their animals there or at any other registered facility so they can then obtain CITES export ...

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WACCI graduates Plant Breeding graduates - BusinessGhana

Thu, 2017-07-27 01:52

WACCI graduates Plant Breeding graduates
BusinessGhana
The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) of the University of Ghana graduated 17 PhD candidates in plant breeding at the graduation ceremony on Friday, July 21 at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana. ... He said all the graduates were ...

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Giant Snail Looks Like a Rabbit, But Would Destroy Our Ecosystem - The Weather Channel

Thu, 2017-07-27 00:56

Giant Snail Looks Like a Rabbit, But Would Destroy Our Ecosystem
The Weather Channel
A researcher holds a Giant African Snail in a lab in Miami, Florida, on July 17, 2015. The mollusks are considered the most damaging in the world because they feed on 500 types of plants and can eat through materials used to build homes. (KERRY ...

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Op-Ed: GMOs could be the solution to Africa's food shortages - CNBCAfrica.com

Wed, 2017-07-26 18:01

CNBCAfrica.com

Op-Ed: GMOs could be the solution to Africa's food shortages
CNBCAfrica.com
Essentially, GMOs are genetic engineering, or a more precise method of plant breeding. They allow scientists to take a desirable trait found in nature, such as better tolerance of drought conditions, and transfer it from one plant to another. Given the ...

A Response to The House Science Committee Chair's Views on Climate Change - Futurism

Wed, 2017-07-26 16:10

Futurism

A Response to The House Science Committee Chair's Views on Climate Change
Futurism
Yesterday, Lamar Smith, the U.S. Representative for Texas's 21st congressional district and Chair of the House Committee on Science, published an opinion piece on The Daily Signal touting the “benefits” of climate change. In the ... According to the ...

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