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Hunting for Ebola among the bats of the Congo - Science Magazine

Thu, 2017-06-01 17:08

Science Magazine

Hunting for Ebola among the bats of the Congo
Science Magazine
But some other animal must be able to host the virus without dying from it, and bats are the chief suspect. Scientists have traced Marburg virus, Ebola's close cousin, to bats and found antibodies to the Ebola virus in several bat species—evidence of ...

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A Twist In Discussions Of Chimpanzee Spirituality - NPR

Thu, 2017-06-01 12:26

NPR

A Twist In Discussions Of Chimpanzee Spirituality
NPR
In 2016, a group of 80 scientists reported in Scientific Reports that chimpanzees at four sites across West Africa cache stones and throw them repeatedly at trees. One of those scientists, Laura Kehoe, who is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Baum ...

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South African science student represents SA in the United States - The South African

Thu, 2017-06-01 07:55

The South African

South African science student represents SA in the United States
The South African
Ultimately, Msuma has her sights set on becoming an environmental scientist so that she, and other South Africans, can make positive contributions to global research. The programme chooses delegates that excel in science, engineering and leadership ...

Study busts the myth that aardvarks don't drink - Science Magazine

Wed, 2017-05-31 17:29

Science Magazine

Study busts the myth that aardvarks don't drink
Science Magazine
Most scientific studies assume that aardvarks—nocturnal creatures that live in the deserts of sub-Saharan Africa—don't drink, but instead get their water by metabolizing the mushy insides of termites, ants, and a rare type of fruit called the ...

Why Killing Coyotes Doesn't Make Livestock Safer - Scientific American

Wed, 2017-05-31 12:02

Scientific American

Why Killing Coyotes Doesn't Make Livestock Safer
Scientific American
However, there is no clear evidence that lethal control works to reduce human-predator conflict. In fact, it can even make the problem worse. At the same time, research shows that predators play key roles in maintaining healthy ecosystems. As a ...

New study describes in detail a threatened long-distance wildebeest migration route - Phys.Org

Wed, 2017-05-31 08:10

Phys.Org

New study describes in detail a threatened long-distance wildebeest migration route
Phys.Org
In the study, wildlife scientists used machine learning and connectivity algorithms to delineate a previously undefined migratory corridor in order to save this vanishing natural phenomenon. Dr. Derek Lee, principal scientist at the Wild Nature ...

Scientists thought ancient Egyptian mummies didn't have any DNA left. They were wrong - Science Magazine

Tue, 2017-05-30 15:05

Science Magazine

Scientists thought ancient Egyptian mummies didn't have any DNA left. They were wrong
Science Magazine
Ancient Egyptian mummies preserve many details of the deceased: facial features, signs of illness, even tattoos. But not, it seemed, DNA. After trying repeatedly to extract it, may scientists were convinced that the hot desert climate and, perhaps, the ...

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Hunting Big Game: Why People Kill Animals for Fun - Scientific American

Sun, 2017-05-28 11:30

Scientific American

Hunting Big Game: Why People Kill Animals for Fun
Scientific American
And the "sport" is not without risks for human hunters — on May 19, a hunter in Zimbabwe was crushed to death by an elephant after the animal was shot by another member of his hunting party. So what motivates people to hunt these animals for pleasure, ...