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Natural gene selection can produce orange corn rich in provitamin A for Africa, US - Purdue Agricultural Communications

Tue, 2014-10-07 19:33

Natural gene selection can produce orange corn rich in provitamin A for Africa, US
Purdue Agricultural Communications
"This study gives us the genetic blueprint to quickly and cost-effectively convert white or yellow corn to orange corn that is rich in carotenoids - and we can do so using natural plant breeding methods, not transgenics," said Rocheford, the Patterson ...

Our Understanding of Giraffes Does Not Measure Up - New York Times

Mon, 2014-10-06 22:20

New York Times

Our Understanding of Giraffes Does Not Measure Up
New York Times
Now all that is changing fast, as a growing cadre of researchers seek to understand the spectacular biology and surprisingly complex behavior of what Dr. Fennessy calls a “gentle giant and the world's most graceful animal.” Scientists have lately ...

Natural gene selection can produce orange corn rich in provitamin A for Africa, US - Imperial Valley News

Mon, 2014-10-06 20:21

Natural gene selection can produce orange corn rich in provitamin A for Africa, US
Imperial Valley News
"This study gives us the genetic blueprint to quickly and cost-effectively convert white or yellow corn to orange corn that is rich in carotenoids - and we can do so using natural plant breeding methods, not transgenics," said Rocheford, the Patterson ...

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In Africa, church leaders responding to climate change locally and globally - Religion News Service

Mon, 2014-10-06 20:05

In Africa, church leaders responding to climate change locally and globally
Religion News Service
“I think they (industrialized nations) are responsible for most of the emissions,” said Peter Solomon Gichira, the climate change program officer at the All Africa Conference of Churches. “They have responsibility to support climate change adaptation ...
In Kenya, Churches Tackle Climate Change With An Eye For Local, Global ImpactHuffington Post

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Scientists racing to develop Ebola drugs - myfox8.com

Mon, 2014-10-06 18:04

myfox8.com

Scientists racing to develop Ebola drugs
myfox8.com
Scientists racing to develop something that will stop the largest Ebola epidemic in history are trying a variety of experimental drugs on patients. Without a cure, the disease ... It was given to the Americans taken from Africa to Emory University in ...
From Guinea to Dallas: Tracing the Ebola threatLos Angeles Times
Ebola drugs are in the workswwlp.com
US Ebola patient receives experimental drug from ChimerixReuters
KOAT Albuquerque
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South Africa's Kruger Park Invites Buyers for Its Rhinos - Scientific American

Mon, 2014-10-06 15:25

BDlive

South Africa's Kruger Park Invites Buyers for Its Rhinos
Scientific American
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Kruger National Park is inviting bids for rhinos under a plan to move 500 of the animals to safety to counter a wave of poaching for their horns, highly prized in some Asian countries as a sign of wealth. In ...
Want to Buy a Rhino (or 20)? South Africa Tries New Conservation TacticNBCNews.com
Kruger National Park invites bids for rhinosBDlive

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Ebola in U.S.: People scared, but outbreak unlikely (w/video) - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sun, 2014-10-05 19:28

TIME

Ebola in U.S.: People scared, but outbreak unlikely (w/video)
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
But West Africa, because of the weaknesses in its health system, is not the United States, Fauci said, predicting "we won't have an outbreak." Scientists know how to stop the virus from spreading. That's not to say the first Ebola case diagnosed within ...
The Observer view on the Ebola outbreakThe Guardian
Ebola outbreak: Here's what you need to knowCBC.ca

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Government scientist schools Fox's Chris Wallace on Ebola virus - Creative Loafing Tampa

Sun, 2014-10-05 19:11

Government scientist schools Fox's Chris Wallace on Ebola virus
Creative Loafing Tampa
Is our government doing everything it can to ensure that the Ebola virus goes no further than Thomas Eric Duncan? He's the Liberian man who made it to Dallas last week and was diagnosed with the disease, a revelation that is freaking out a lot of ...

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Every Newly Emerging Disease Like Ebola Begins With a Mystery - National Geographic

Sun, 2014-10-05 12:01

National Geographic

Every Newly Emerging Disease Like Ebola Begins With a Mystery
National Geographic
Talking from his home in Montana, Quammen, author of Ebola: The Natural and Human History, describes how he first encountered the story of the disease over a campfire in Gabon; how sorcery and science are often at loggerheads in West Africa; and why we ...
Ebola 101: Stop worrying so muchChicago Phoenix

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A Plan to Use Survivors' Blood for Ebola Treatment in Africa - New York Times

Sat, 2014-10-04 18:50

New York Times

A Plan to Use Survivors' Blood for Ebola Treatment in Africa
New York Times
With no proven drugs to treat Ebola and experimental ones in short supply, the health authorities are planning to turn instead to a treatment that is walking around in the outbreak zone in West Africa. That would be the blood of people who have been ...

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Resisting drought: conventional plant breeding outperforms GM - The Ecologist (blog)

Sat, 2014-10-04 14:39

Resisting drought: conventional plant breeding outperforms GM
The Ecologist (blog)
Reports show that traditional breeding techniques are years ahead of GM technologies in developing crops to withstand drought and poor soils, writes Lawrence Woodward. Yet GM advocates are sticking rigidly to their script even as the evidence mounds ...

Scientists discover New Way to make Oxygen without Plants - News Tonight Africa

Sat, 2014-10-04 12:33

News Tonight Africa

Scientists discover New Way to make Oxygen without Plants
News Tonight Africa
Researchers from the University of California, Davis, have discovered a new way to make molecular oxygen from carbon dioxide without plants' help. The research could help scientists in knowing about Earth's early atmosphere and how planets with carbon ...

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Cheetahs and pumas may have hunting strategies down to a science - Los Angeles Times

Fri, 2014-10-03 22:01

Reuters UK

Cheetahs and pumas may have hunting strategies down to a science
Los Angeles Times
It's not easy being a lean, mean killing machine. Whether a fleet-footed cheetah or a lie-in-wait puma, a hunting feline's survival balances on the point between how much energy they lose in hunting for a meal and the energy they gain from actually ...
Scientists check the engine of cheetahs, animal world's 'Ferrari'Reuters UK
Cheetah population decline linked to humansDaily Digest
Are humans to blame for cheetah decline? Yes, say scientists.Christian Science Monitor

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Tobacco plant may be key to Ebola drugs - WTAE Pittsburgh

Fri, 2014-10-03 14:30

WTAE Pittsburgh

Tobacco plant may be key to Ebola drugs
WTAE Pittsburgh
... and heart disease. But in recent years the plant's tarnished reputation is getting a makeover from the development of pharmaceuticals through an effective, swift and cost-cutting technique that has been dubbed "biopharming. ... That may change as ...
Six things to know about efforts to develop a drug to treat EbolaWRTV Indianapolis

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Scientists check the engine of cheetahs, animal world's 'Ferrari' - KFGO

Fri, 2014-10-03 13:27

Scientists check the engine of cheetahs, animal world's 'Ferrari'
KFGO
Scientists have now taken a bit of a look under the hood of these feline Ferraris to gauge how much energy they burn as they traverse their African habitats and to gain insight into factors that may be contributing to their precipitous population ...

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HIV pandemic was created by 'perfect storm' of factors, study reveals - The Independent

Fri, 2014-10-03 07:47

The Independent

HIV pandemic was created by 'perfect storm' of factors, study reveals
The Independent
Scientists believe the findings have finally nailed the origin of the Aids pandemic to a single source, a colonial-era city then called Leopoldville which had become the biggest urban centre in Central Africa and a bustling focus for trade, including a ...
How AIDS first spreadThe Economist
After over 30 years, exact location of HIV's first appearance pinpointed by ...Times of India
Global HIV pandemic may originate in Kinshasa: studyXinhua
U.S. News & World Report -Medical News Today
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Cheetahs Lie Around Like Housecats, Saving Energy for Big Kills - National Geographic

Thu, 2014-10-02 18:01

National Geographic

Cheetahs Lie Around Like Housecats, Saving Energy for Big Kills
National Geographic
The studies are the first to calculate the actual, minute-by-minute costs of being a big, wild carnivore—information sorely needed by scientists working to save big cats, says ecologist Terrie Williams of the University of California, Santa Cruz, who ...

Rare as a rhino - Science News for Students

Thu, 2014-10-02 11:36

Science News for Students

Rare as a rhino
Science News for Students
As recently as a century ago, black rhinos used to roam Africa in numbers approaching one million animals. There had been four subspecies. In 2011, scientists declared one of those subspecies extinct. It was the western black rhino of Cameroon. Today ...

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US Will Increase Production of the Ebola Drug ZMapp, but May Not Meet Demand - New York Times

Thu, 2014-10-02 11:26

New York Times

US Will Increase Production of the Ebola Drug ZMapp, but May Not Meet Demand
New York Times
Federal officials are planning to sharply increase production of ZMapp, which is viewed by many experts as the most promising experimental drug for treating people infected with Ebola in West Africa. The Department of Health and Human Services is in ...
Ebola toll rises while ZMapp drug production takes its timeCBS News
First Ebola patient diagnosed in US won't be treated with ZMappThe Guardian

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Visitors to Kew Gardens up since launch of Intoxication Season drug workshop - Daily Mail

Thu, 2014-10-02 10:08

Daily Mail

Visitors to Kew Gardens up since launch of Intoxication Season drug workshop
Daily Mail
'While the festival aims to deliver thought-provoking and educational content that encourages audiences to explore the relationship between plants and people in relation to mood or mind-altering substances and seeks to raise awareness of the issues ...

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