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As drought deepens, African nations struggle to get globe's attention - Christian Science Monitor

Tue, 2016-04-19 12:56

Christian Science Monitor

As drought deepens, African nations struggle to get globe's attention
Christian Science Monitor
... lives through. For climate scientists, the massive drought sweeping southern and eastern Africa since last year is an ominous signal of how climate change is driving extreme weather, threatening already vulnerable communities where climate and ...

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Do Animals Have Culture? - NPR

Tue, 2016-04-19 08:54

NPR

Do Animals Have Culture?
NPR
Barbara: It's widely known by now that chimpanzees in West Africa crack open hard-shelled nuts with rock and stone hammers to extract the delicious protein inside, and that chimpanzees in East Africa don't. ... Adam: So about animal culture, you're ...

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The Amazon rainforest may be home to more animals than previously thought, Stanford scientists show - Stanford Report

Tue, 2016-04-19 00:13

Stanford Report

The Amazon rainforest may be home to more animals than previously thought, Stanford scientists show
Stanford Report
By tapping the expertise of indigenous hunters, researchers found that conventional surveying techniques underestimate animal populations and miss species in the remote Amazon. Producing an accurate count is important for planning conservation efforts.

Animals Rule Chernobyl 30 Years After Nuclear Disaster - National Geographic

Mon, 2016-04-18 19:04

National Geographic

Animals Rule Chernobyl 30 Years After Nuclear Disaster
National Geographic
Marina Shkvyria watches for animal tracks as she walks toward an abandoned village in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the area sealed to the public after a nuclear power plant exploded here 30 years ago, on April 26, 1986. Spotting ... an area known for ...

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No, Those Aren't Male Lions Mating. One Is Likely a Female. - National Geographic

Mon, 2016-04-18 16:33

National Geographic

No, Those Aren't Male Lions Mating. One Is Likely a Female.
National Geographic
One of the photos shows the two animals rubbing their heads against each other, which is not unusual behavior for males as part of a dominance display, notes Kathleen Alexander, an African lion expert and professor at Virgina Polytechnic Institute in ...

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Discovery of enzyme in the sleeping sickness parasite streamlines drug development - Phys.Org

Mon, 2016-04-18 12:20

Discovery of enzyme in the sleeping sickness parasite streamlines drug development
Phys.Org
Researchers from Umeå University in Sweden have discovered that the single-celled parasite causing African sleeping sickness has a defence mechanism against potential pharmaceuticals under development against the disease. ... This according to a study ...

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Scorpion venom yields clues for developing better pharmaceuticals - Medical Xpress

Mon, 2016-04-18 12:08

Medical Xpress

Scorpion venom yields clues for developing better pharmaceuticals
Medical Xpress
The breakthrough, announced this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explains what happens when a toxin produced by Scorpio maurus—a scorpion species found in North Africa and the Middle East—permeates the cell ...

Controversial Railway Splits Kenya's Parks, Threatens Wildlife - National Geographic

Mon, 2016-04-18 12:03

National Geographic

Controversial Railway Splits Kenya's Parks, Threatens Wildlife
National Geographic
KENYA'S OLD RAILWAY, nicknamed the Lunatic Line for its enormous cost, was constructed by Indian and African laborers in the 1890s under British rule. The single track is old and narrow gauge, and trains frequently break down or derail. In 2009, Kenyan ...

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Here is why Dangote is Africa's 'King' of cement - Ventures Africa

Mon, 2016-04-18 09:27

Ventures Africa

Here is why Dangote is Africa's 'King' of cement
Ventures Africa
Currently, Dangote Cement Plc is present in almost all the regions in Africa that are rich in limestone deposits, which is an essential component for the production of cement. In just 10 years, Dangote has established cement plants of over 43 MMTPA ...

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California plans to unleash fly to crush ivy invasion - Phys.Org

Mon, 2016-04-18 08:35

California plans to unleash fly to crush ivy invasion
Phys.Org
"Invasion of both upland and riparian habitat by Cape ivy long ago reached crisis proportions in our county," Chipping told the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Chipping, a Los Osos resident and member of the California Native Plant Society ...

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Africa?s New Gay-Bashing ?Islamic Republic? - Daily Beast

Mon, 2016-04-18 05:07

Daily Beast

Africa?s New Gay-Bashing ?Islamic Republic?
Daily Beast
“The new law treats consensual, private sexual activity between adults of the same sex—which should not be a crime—in the same way as rape and incest,” Steve Cockburn, deputy regional director for West and Central Africa at Amnesty International ...

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African UO student shares culture at Family Fun event - The Register-Guard

Mon, 2016-04-18 01:59

The Register-Guard

African UO student shares culture at Family Fun event
The Register-Guard
Sankei, 29, is a University of Oregon senior from Nairobi, studying general social science with a focus on globalization, policy and environment. She grew up in Kenya, belonging to the Maasai tribe, in a family of six raised by a single mother. Her ...

The science of true growth - Independent Online

Sun, 2016-04-17 08:06

Independent Online

The science of true growth
Independent Online
The department has flagged areas in which South Africa could take advantage of what it has and combine it with knowledge to diversify its industries. The Fluorochemical ... About 10 years ago, the Department of Science and Technology worked with ...

The bare necessities and so much more: Live the Jungle Book lifestyle with these spectacular treehouses - Daily Mail

Sun, 2016-04-17 07:02

Daily Mail

The bare necessities and so much more: Live the Jungle Book lifestyle with these spectacular treehouses
Daily Mail
If there was ever a time to book into a spectacular treehouse and spend the night close to nature, now could be it - as Disney's Jungle Book has hit the screens. If you are craving a night with just the bare necessities, there are plenty of simple ...
After Mowgli, meet the other feral child who emerged from the jungleScroll.in

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Hunt exhibit looks at plants' life cycles - Tribune-Review

Sun, 2016-04-17 01:00

Hunt exhibit looks at plants' life cycles
Tribune-Review
Featuring botanical art by 36 historical and contemporary artists, the exhibit illustrates the continuous cycle of plant life on our planet, from emergence and growth to dormancy. “A lot of people think that the beginning and ending of the season is ...

African cheetah in Mysuru zoo dies - The Hindu

Sun, 2016-04-17 00:11

African cheetah in Mysuru zoo dies
The Hindu
Zoo deputy director N.T. Vijay Kumar said: “On confirming that Ganapathi was suffering from genetic disorder, we put the animal on continuous medication. Its condition worsened as it became completely immobile and its organs failed to respond.”.

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'Gay Pride' Displayed In Wild Lions: Can Animals Have Homosexual Tendencies? - The Inquisitr

Sat, 2016-04-16 18:03

The Inquisitr

'Gay Pride' Displayed In Wild Lions: Can Animals Have Homosexual Tendencies?
The Inquisitr
Animals have been observed engaging in same-sex matings for decades. But for most of that time, the documented cases were largely seen as anomalies or curiosities. “The turning point was Bruce Bagemihl's 1999 book Biological Exuberance, which ...

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Synthetic biology tackles global antivenom shortage - Nature.com

Fri, 2016-04-15 20:56

Nature.com

Synthetic biology tackles global antivenom shortage
Nature.com
Last month, Ho and his colleagues reported that they had engineered short pieces of DNA that, when injected into mice, triggered antibodies against coral-snake venom. The scientists then boosted the animals' immune response by injecting them with small ...

How a fly could halt California's ivy invasion - The Olympian

Fri, 2016-04-15 20:36

How a fly could halt California's ivy invasion
The Olympian
“Invasion of both upland and riparian habitat by Cape ivy long ago reached crisis proportions in our county,” Chipping advised the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. A Los Osos resident and member of the California Native Plant Society's San ...

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Rewilding the African Scimitar-Horned Oryx - Smithsonian

Fri, 2016-04-15 19:20

Rewilding the African Scimitar-Horned Oryx
Smithsonian
Working in partnership, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the Sahara Conservation Fund and the governments of Abu Dhabi and Chad will release later this summer 25 oryx into the wild. The animals arrived in the country by air transport ...