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Spanish Gangs Use Voodoo to Traffic Girls - Discovery News

Sun, 2015-06-14 12:57

Discovery News

Spanish Gangs Use Voodoo to Traffic Girls
Discovery News
The traffickers had put the women through a juju voodoo ritual that used the victims' fingernails or (hair) and involved animal sacrifice in front of idols in a temple in order to 'guarantee that the women complied with everything they demanded, under ...

Science Briefs: How butterflies pollinate azaleas; cotton genetics, Twitter ... - Charlotte Observer

Sun, 2015-06-14 12:02

Charlotte Observer

Science Briefs: How butterflies pollinate azaleas; cotton genetics, Twitter ...
Charlotte Observer
N.C. State biologist Mary Jane Epps, working with biologists from James Madison University and from South Africa, has identified the key pollinator for flame azaleas – the large-flowered variety found in the Appalachians from New York to Georgia. “In ...

China is to finance giant Garissa solar energy generating plant - Coastweek

Sun, 2015-06-14 09:59

Coastweek

China is to finance giant Garissa solar energy generating plant
Coastweek
“After extensive research and mutual exchanges between the two countries, China has listed Kenya as one of the pilot countries to benefit from industrial cooperation with China,” Liu said, noting that Kenya was selected due to its solid industrial ...
China to finance solar plant in Kenya as cooperation deepensThe New Age Online

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African bees' aggressiveness a plus - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

Sun, 2015-06-14 09:06

Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

African bees' aggressiveness a plus
Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
"We have found in our previous studies that bees in Africa are a bit resistant, they are resilient to the bee pests," said Dr. Suresh Raina, the founder and principal research scientist at the African Reference Laboratory for Bee Health. He calls the ...
Once a menace, African 'killer bees' are all the buzz for health solutionsNBC2 News

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Wistar researchers home in on treatment for cancer-causing virus - Philly.com

Sun, 2015-06-14 07:01

Philly.com

Wistar researchers home in on treatment for cancer-causing virus
Philly.com
The illustrious Philadelphia research center last month received a three-year, $5.6 million grant from the Wellcome Trust in London to continue developing a novel anti-viral drug. "We certainly hope that this first-in-class drug we are developing will ...

Bark beetles pose greater fire danger in fourth year of California drought - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Sun, 2015-06-14 01:35

Bark beetles pose greater fire danger in fourth year of California drought
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
In the San Bernardino Mountains, stands of dead or dying pine trees are visible for the first time in the current drought, said Tom W. Coleman, an NFS entomologist for the Angeles, San Bernardino, Cleveland and Las Padres national forests. Bark beetles ...

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Chimpanzees Deemed Endangered by US—What's It Mean? - National Geographic

Sat, 2015-06-13 04:34

Tech Times

Chimpanzees Deemed Endangered by US—What's It Mean?
National Geographic
"There was huge opposition from [the] medical-research establishment, and it just seemed to me that the chimps in Africa needed so much protection, let's at least get them protected, and then we'll continue to fight for the chimpanzees in captivity ...
Captive Chimps to Receive Endangered Species ProtectionsTIME
All Chimpanzees Now Protected Under Endangered Species ActTech Times
Captive Chimps Join Their Wild Cousins in Getting 'Endangered' StatusNBCNews.com
Design & Trend -Mother Nature Network (blog) -The Hill
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The week's odd news: World's smallest deer species born at NY zoo - Alexandria Town Talk

Sat, 2015-06-13 04:12

The week's odd news: World's smallest deer species born at NY zoo
Alexandria Town Talk
DAKAR, Senegal – Chimpanzees in West Africa get inebriated during lengthy “drinking sessions” featuring the fermented sap of palm trees — normally used to make palm wine — according to a new study published June 10. The report in the journal Royal ...

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Entrust Datacard growing by increasing security for credit cards - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sat, 2015-06-13 02:55

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Entrust Datacard growing by increasing security for credit cards
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The new home of Entrust Datacard in Shakopee includes a manufacturing plant, offices, a new gym, and a new cafeteria. It all adds up to more ... Indeed, since joining ranks, the two entities now work together customizing software and secure ID badges ...

Genome editing preemptively fights disease in African cattle - Genetic Literacy Project

Fri, 2015-06-12 15:09

Genome editing preemptively fights disease in African cattle
Genetic Literacy Project
The scientists are planning a research program that will use genome editing to take genetic material from resistant breeds and paste it into susceptible ones. This technology will allow a much more “precise” approach to creating animals with desirable ...

A Chinese Ebola Drug Raises Hopes, and Rancor - New York Times

Fri, 2015-06-12 02:52

New York Times

A Chinese Ebola Drug Raises Hopes, and Rancor
New York Times
The United States government holds a patent on one of the antibodies in ZMapp, which was developed with support from American and Canadian military research agencies, a legacy of fears that Ebola could be used as a biological weapon by the Soviet Union ...

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Juvenile camels 'key source' of Mers - BBC News

Fri, 2015-06-12 01:20

BBC News

Juvenile camels 'key source' of Mers
BBC News
Speaking to BBC's Science in Action, Dr Müller who was involved in the earlier ground-breaking research looking for the origins or Mers said, "We could identify, in South Africa, bats that were carrying ancestral viruses: viruses that are [evolutionary ...

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Alien Invaders Alter Landscapes, New Research Shows | The Weather Channel - The Weather Channel

Fri, 2015-06-12 00:15

The Weather Channel

Alien Invaders Alter Landscapes, New Research Shows | The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel
The white garden snail (Theba pisana), a European species now widespread in temperate regions worldwide, thriving in places such as California, South Africa, southern Argentina and southern Australia. (Cesar Capinha) ...

Animal Tricks: Monkeys Might Be Domesticating Wolves In Africa - AskMen

Thu, 2015-06-11 20:08

AskMen

Animal Tricks: Monkeys Might Be Domesticating Wolves In Africa
AskMen
Scientists in eastern Africa have spotted some unusual behavior between groups of wolves and packs of gelada monkeys (a type of baboon). The two species are living peacefully with each other in a way that mimics the human domestication of pets.

HIV family trees reveal viral spread - Science Magazine (subscription)

Thu, 2015-06-11 18:03

HIV family trees reveal viral spread
Science Magazine (subscription)
An ambitious new consortium, the Phylogenetics and Networks for Generalised HIV Epidemics in Africa (PANGEA_HIV), plans to sequence 20,000 full HIV genomes from people who are already participating in other research studies in four sub-Saharan ... “If ...

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Aquatic animal telemetry: A panoramic window into the underwater world - Science Magazine

Thu, 2015-06-11 17:58

Aquatic animal telemetry: A panoramic window into the underwater world
Science Magazine
... Biology and Institute of Environmental Science, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6, Canada. 4South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Private Bag 1015, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa. 5Department of ...

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A chimp walks into a bar: Scientists observe apes regularly quaffing booze in ... - Toronto Star

Thu, 2015-06-11 17:14

Toronto Star

A chimp walks into a bar: Scientists observe apes regularly quaffing booze in ...
Toronto Star
Monkeys in the wilds of West Africa routinely quaff a crude form of booze made from the naturally fermenting sap of palm trees, a team of scientists have found. “Some of the chimpanzees … consumed significant quantities of ethanol and displayed ...
Boozy chimps in west Africa enjoy drinking sessions in groupsTelegraph.co.uk
Chimps Get Drunk on Palm WineLive Science
Wild chimps caught boozing on 7% ABV 'wine'The Guardian
SlashGear -Science Now
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Deadly papaya pest detected in Tanzania - SciDev.Net

Thu, 2015-06-11 08:18

Deadly papaya pest detected in Tanzania
SciDev.Net
“Samples sent to IITA's Biological Control Centre for Africa, Cotonou, Benin, have been positively identified,” said the IITA, one of the organisations involved in curbing the spread, in a statement released on 20 April. ... Douglas Miano, a lecturer ...

Nigeria Power Plans Must Overcome Gas-Pipeline Sabotage - Bloomberg

Wed, 2015-06-10 23:04

Bloomberg

Nigeria Power Plans Must Overcome Gas-Pipeline Sabotage
Bloomberg
In April, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. took 10 days to repair leaks on its Trans-Forcados Gas Pipeline, which transports more than half of all gas going to the country's power plants. It was the fifth repair since the start of the year. Days ...

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Ice age camel DNA discovered in Canada change theories on species - The Guardian

Wed, 2015-06-10 22:38

CBC.ca

Ice age camel DNA discovered in Canada change theories on species
The Guardian
Scientists now have genetic proof that extinct western camels are more closely tied to those inhabiting Asia and Arabia than to the llamas and alpacas of South America. ... For the past century, paleontologists have studied camels based on comparative ...
Ice age camel bones found in northwestern Canada force redrawing of species ...Minneapolis Star Tribune
Ice-age camel bones, found in Yukon, rearrange camel family treeCBC.ca
Scientists make no bones about Yukon fossil find, redraw camel's family tree570 News

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