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Drought-hit Zimbabwe farmers look to science to save crops - Yahoo News

Thu, 2016-11-10 13:29

Yahoo News

Drought-hit Zimbabwe farmers look to science to save crops
Yahoo News
Once referred to as the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe used to be an exporter of maize, but now aid organisations say the country requires about two million metric tonnes a year to feed itself. Cosmos Magorokosho, a senior scientist and maize breeder ...
Zimbabwe: Drought-hit farmers improve agriculture through scienceafricanews

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Kwesé and Discovery Communications announce partnership across sub-Saharan Africa - Screen Africa (press release)

Thu, 2016-11-10 11:28

Kwesé and Discovery Communications announce partnership across sub-Saharan Africa
Screen Africa (press release)
Econet Media, and Discovery Communications announced the start of a long-term broadcasting partnership for Africa. Four Discovery Networks channels; IDX, Discovery Science, Animal Planet and Discovery's latest turbo channel, DTX, will join the African ...

Illegal Ivory Almost All from Recent Killing, Study Finds - National Geographic Voices (blog)

Wed, 2016-11-09 18:14

PerfScience

Illegal Ivory Almost All from Recent Killing, Study Finds
National Geographic Voices (blog)
Researchers analyzing African elephant tusks seized by global law enforcement have confirmed what many suspect: the illegal ivory trade, now running in high gear, is being fueled almost exclusively by recently killed animals. In the first study of ...
Poachers continue to kill African elephants: researchPerfScience
90% of ivory comes from recently killed elephantsFuturity: Research News
We Can Stop Arguing About Who's Fuelling The Ivory TradeGizmodo Australia
Science World Report
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Quest to map Africa's soil microbiome begins - Nature.com

Wed, 2016-11-09 13:01

Nature.com

Quest to map Africa's soil microbiome begins
Nature.com
“Soils are critical and soil health is vital for human and animal livelihoods,” says Don Cowan, director of the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He launched the project on 8 October at the ...

How forensics are aiding the fight against illegal wildlife trade - The Guardian

Wed, 2016-11-09 11:51

The Guardian

How forensics are aiding the fight against illegal wildlife trade
The Guardian
Separating out genetic and chemical markers from physical samples such as rhino horn or a piece of rosewood, forensic scientists can often tell the age of the sample, exactly where the animal or plant came from, what its parentage might be, and how ...

Bushmeat hunting drives biodiversity declines in Central Africa - Science Daily

Wed, 2016-11-09 02:23

Science Daily

Bushmeat hunting drives biodiversity declines in Central Africa
Science Daily
This is a mustached monkey, killed by local bushmeat hunters in Gabon, Central Africa. ... Hunting has dramatically reduced wildlife biodiversity in forests near rural villages in the Central African nation of Gabon, a new Duke University-led study ...

The cruelty of climate change: Africa's poor hit the hardest - E&T magazine

Tue, 2016-11-08 12:57

The cruelty of climate change: Africa's poor hit the hardest
E&T magazine
Africa's carbon dioxide emissions are less than seven per cent of the world's total. Yet, three out of the five countries listed as most vulnerable to climate change are African - Chad, Niger and the Central African Republic. The economic cost of ...

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Tough Turtle: Dino-Killing Asteroid Spared Sea Creature - Live Science

Tue, 2016-11-08 11:19

Live Science

Tough Turtle: Dino-Killing Asteroid Spared Sea Creature
Live Science
Shortly after an asteroid smashed into Earth about 65.5 million years ago, obliterating much of life on Earth,an ancient sea turtle with a triangular-shaped head swam along the relatively arid shores of southern Africa, a new study finds. ... provides ...

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Recently killed elephants are fueling the ivory trade - Science Magazine

Mon, 2016-11-07 20:05

Los Angeles Times

Recently killed elephants are fueling the ivory trade
Science Magazine
The illegal trade in elephant ivory is being fueled almost entirely by recently killed African elephants, not by tusks leaked from old government stockpiles, as had long been suspected. That's the conclusion of a new study, which relies on nuclear bomb ...
Elephant poachers are hard at work in Africa, and carbon dating proves itLos Angeles Times
Ivory trade awash with tusks from freshly killed elephants, scientists proveThe Independent
Tracing the ivory trail | UNewsUNews - University of Utah

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Bushmeat hunting drives biodiversity declines in Central Africa ... - EurekAlert (press release)

Mon, 2016-11-07 19:57

Bushmeat hunting drives biodiversity declines in Central Africa ...
EurekAlert (press release)
Bushmeat hunting has dramatically reduced animal biodiversity in forests near rural villages in the Central African nation of Gabon, a new Duke University-led ...

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Bushmeat hunting drives biodiversity declines in Central Africa - EurekAlert (press release)

Mon, 2016-11-07 19:53

Bushmeat hunting drives biodiversity declines in Central Africa
EurekAlert (press release)
Bushmeat hunting drives biodiversity declines in Central Africa. Hunting has dramatically reduced the diversity of animal communities in forests near villages in Gabon and may also be driving declines in similar landscapes across 53% of Central Africa.

Science has a duty to fulfil: changing the lives of everyday Africans - Mail & Guardian Africa

Mon, 2016-11-07 11:40

Mail & Guardian Africa

Science has a duty to fulfil: changing the lives of everyday Africans
Mail & Guardian Africa
The young woman argued that science “is a product of western modernity” and suggested that decolonisation would begin with the introduction of “knowledge that is produced by us, that speaks to us and that is able to accommodate knowledge from our ...

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The Lost History of South Africa - National Geographic

Mon, 2016-11-07 07:25

National Geographic

The Lost History of South Africa
National Geographic
Painted in jet black, frozen in flight on the wall, the animal has the hind legs and tail of a buck, and the magnificent wings of a raven that spread out from its shoulders. Above the flying figure, a long scaly reptile with crocodile-like ridges ...

Dead shark creates opportunity for scientists - Wicked Local Cape Cod

Sun, 2016-11-06 12:46

Wicked Local Cape Cod

Dead shark creates opportunity for scientists
Wicked Local Cape Cod
ORLEANS -- The close to 12-foot white shark, its skin shredded from the battle to try and save itself from the shallow water off Nauset Beach, lay on its side at the Orleans transfer station surrounded by a team of close to a dozen scientists and ...

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Science needs to start speaking to people's everyday lives in Africa - eNCA (satire)

Sat, 2016-11-05 19:13

eNCA (satire)

Science needs to start speaking to people's everyday lives in Africa
eNCA (satire)
When scientists engage local communities in dialogue about their research, both sides benefit. Photo: The ... Dr Elizabeth Rasekoala, chair of the Pan-African Solidarity Education Network, has long advocated for a more inclusive approach in the way ...