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Farming Africa's wet savannahs would have a high climate cost, study warns - Carbon Brief (blog)

Tue, 2015-03-17 14:14

Farming Africa's wet savannahs would have a high climate cost, study warns
Carbon Brief (blog)
Previous studies assume that Africa's wet savannahs are ripe for cultivation because they aren't covered by trees. The new study's lead author Dr Timothy Searchinger, a research scholar at Princeton University, tells Carbon Brief: "Prior studies have ...

Wildlife Ranching and Breeding in South Africa: Richard York - Bloomberg

Tue, 2015-03-17 14:04

Wildlife Ranching and Breeding in South Africa: Richard York
Bloomberg
However, it appears that the editorial team has manipulated this article and labeled all the animals as “Born to die” “Mutants”. This is a grave ... Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA) gives the following defintion for a color variant. “A color ...

South African who attacked a nuclear plant is a hero to his government and ... - Center for Public Integrity

Tue, 2015-03-17 09:05

Independent Online

South African who attacked a nuclear plant is a hero to his government and ...
Center for Public Integrity
Rodney Wilkinson planted four bombs at the Koeberg nuclear power plant north of Capetown, South Africa, in December 1982, in one of the most successful attacks on a nuclear installation ever recorded. Wilkinson, who was ... Likewise, several U.S ...
'Nothing is impregnable': How armed intruders stormed their way into a South ...National Post
How armed intruders stormed their way into a South African nuclear plantWashington Post

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17-Million-Year-Old Whale Skull Tells Scientists When Human Ancestors ... - Design & Trend

Tue, 2015-03-17 08:59

Design & Trend

17-Million-Year-Old Whale Skull Tells Scientists When Human Ancestors ...
Design & Trend
(Photo : Getty Images/Hulton Archive) Human ancestors became bipedals when the East African plateau uplifted between 17 million and 13.5 million years ago, causing the thick jungles that the tree-dwelling ancestors lived in to become savannah ...
Ancient Whale Skull Helps Place Humanity's First StepsDiscovery News
Oldest Whale Fossil Provides Date for East Africa's UpliftLaboratory Equipment
17-Million-Year-Old Whale Skull Helps Place Humanity's First StepsLive Science
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1400+ new marine creatures identified last year - EarthSky

Tue, 2015-03-17 01:27

EarthSky

1400+ new marine creatures identified last year
EarthSky
On average, four new marine species a day are being described and added to the register, according to scientists completing the consolidated inventory of all known ocean life. In 2014 alone ... According to the WoRMS inventory, of the 228,450 species ...

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Public Release: 16-Mar-2015 Rare African bush may help kidney cancer treatment - EurekAlert (press release)

Tue, 2015-03-17 00:03

Public Release: 16-Mar-2015 Rare African bush may help kidney cancer treatment
EurekAlert (press release)
New University of Leeds research has shown why a bush that is only found in some African countries could hold a key to killing renal (kidney) cancer cells. Phyllanthus engleri, also known as spurred phyllanthus, is only found in Tanzania, Zambia ...

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Letters to the Editor - New York Times

Mon, 2015-03-16 21:38

Letters to the Editor
New York Times
In the last two decades, 30 new diseases have jumped from animals to humans. Health experts estimate that an influenza epidemic could prove 8,000 times more deadly than this Ebola outbreak. The recent resurgence of measles in the United States shows ...

Ancient whale swam hundreds of miles up African river - Los Angeles Times

Mon, 2015-03-16 20:42

Science News

Ancient whale swam hundreds of miles up African river
Los Angeles Times
Fossil and geologic evidence correlate that uplift with a long-term drying of the local climate, which changed a humid forest into grasslands with more widely spaced trees. Scientists theorize that this kind of environmental pressure favored primates ...
17-Million-Year-Old Whale Skull Helps Place Humanity's First StepsLive Science

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Scientists extract DNA from extinct woolly mammoth to bring the species back - Daily Mail

Mon, 2015-03-16 20:17

Daily Mail

Scientists extract DNA from extinct woolly mammoth to bring the species back
Daily Mail
The samples will be examined at a laboratory in Yakutsk and by scientists in South Korea with the hope of being able to clone one of the prehistoric animals. A team of ... But the research has shown that their DNA is just too old to be able to use for ...

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Science Briefs: Duke study questions statin guidelines, social status affects ... - Charlotte Observer

Mon, 2015-03-16 18:12

Charlotte Observer

Science Briefs: Duke study questions statin guidelines, social status affects ...
Charlotte Observer
In a first-of-its-kind study involving a wild species – spotted hyenas in Kenya – researchers shown that social and ecological factors affect animal health. ... The results, published in Biology Letters, focused on spotted hyenas in Kenya. ... The ...

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Cropping Africa's wet savannas would bring high environmental costs - Phys.Org

Mon, 2015-03-16 16:00

Phys.Org

Cropping Africa's wet savannas would bring high environmental costs
Phys.Org
Led by researchers from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the study finds that only a small percentage of Africa's wet savannas (2-11 percent) have the ...
Africa's Wet Savannas Will Not Help Grow Staple CropsLaboratory Equipment
Converting Africa's savannas into farmland too costlyDigital Journal

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SA, Sudan Pledge Money to Fund Research - AllAfrica.com

Mon, 2015-03-16 11:47

SA, Sudan Pledge Money to Fund Research
AllAfrica.com
Pretoria — South Africa and Sudan have each pledged R2 million to support researchers in both countries. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor and her Sudanese counterpart, Tahani Abdalla Attla, today met in Pretoria where they signed the ...

Institute: China now world's third-biggest arms exporter - TheNewsTribune.com

Mon, 2015-03-16 00:29

TheNewsTribune.com

Institute: China now world's third-biggest arms exporter
TheNewsTribune.com
China's share of the global arms market rose 143 percent during the years from 2010-2014, a period during which the total volume of global arms transfers rose by 16 percent over the previous five years, the Stockholm International Peace Research ...

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Science Briefs: Duke study questions statin guidelines, social status affects ... - News & Observer

Sun, 2015-03-15 20:06

News & Observer

Science Briefs: Duke study questions statin guidelines, social status affects ...
News & Observer
In a first-of-its-kind study involving a wild species – spotted hyenas in Kenya – researchers found social and ecological factors affect an animal's health. ... The results, published in Biology Letters, focused on spotted hyenas in Kenya. ... The ...

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Fighting for Lions in Zimbabwe - Voice of America (blog)

Sun, 2015-03-15 20:00

Voice of America (blog)

Fighting for Lions in Zimbabwe
Voice of America (blog)
The African Lion and Environmental Research Trust has more than 100 lions in its breeding program. The trust is known by the ... They are very, very desperate to have lions reintroduced back into their national parks because (when) you take the apex ...

The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England - NPR (blog)

Sun, 2015-03-15 09:24

NPR (blog)

The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England
NPR (blog)
Walk into a row of greenhouses in rural Britain, and a late English-winter day transforms to a swampy, humid tropical afternoon. You could be in Latin America or Sub-Saharan Africa. Which is exactly how cocoa plants like it. "It's all right this time ...

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More Americans Evacuated From Sierra Leone After Ebola Scare - NBCNews.com

Sat, 2015-03-14 20:02

NBCNews.com

More Americans Evacuated From Sierra Leone After Ebola Scare
NBCNews.com
Ebola's killed more than 10,000 people in West Africa since the epidemic started a year ago, and infected 24,000. CDC teams have ... Scientists are working to speed some experimental therapies through the testing process, but there's nothing tried and ...
Vaccines Face Same Mistrust That Fed EbolaNew York Times

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How armed intruders stormed their way into a South African nuclear plant - Washington Post

Sat, 2015-03-14 15:57

How armed intruders stormed their way into a South African nuclear plant
Washington Post
PELINDABA, South Africa — Shortly after midnight on a cold Thursday morning, four armed men sliced through the chain-link fence surrounding this storage site for nuclear explosives on the banks of the Crocodile River, west of the administrative ...

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Rembrandt's monkey: good news for Africa's newest primate - The Guardian

Sat, 2015-03-14 15:23

The Guardian

Rembrandt's monkey: good news for Africa's newest primate
The Guardian
The girl, Georgette, told the scientists it was called 'lesula,' but no one had heard of it nor did the animal look like anything found in the DRC. They snapped a photo. Five years – and tonnes of research – later, the world officially met Africa's ...

US and Chinese companies dominate list of most-polluting coal plants - The Guardian

Sat, 2015-03-14 15:11

The Guardian

US and Chinese companies dominate list of most-polluting coal plants
The Guardian
“It is obvious that many sub-critical coal plants will have to shut down if we are to get close to staying within our carbon budget,” said James Leaton, director of research at the Carbon Tracker Initiative. “This will have a major effect on demand for ...

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