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Plastic junk brought invasive species to US after Japan's 2011 tsunami - Washington Post

Thu, 2017-09-28 18:10

Washington Post

Plastic junk brought invasive species to US after Japan's 2011 tsunami
Washington Post
State and local officials, park rangers and legions of citizen scientists reported or bagged up what became known, in the biologists' lingo, as JTMDs: Japanese tsunami marine debris. (None of the ... A recent genetic study of trapdoor spiders found ...
Almost 300 marine species hitched a ride on tsunami debris from Japan to the USThe Verge

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Ancient boy's DNA pushes back date of earliest humans - Science News

Thu, 2017-09-28 18:00

Science News

Ancient boy's DNA pushes back date of earliest humans
Science News
A boy who lived in what's now South Africa nearly 2,000 years ago has lent a helping genome to science. Using the long-gone youngster's genetic instruction book, scientists have estimated that humans emerged as a distinct population earlier than ...

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Tropical forests have flipped from sponges to sources of carbon dioxide - Science News

Thu, 2017-09-28 18:00

Science News

Tropical forests have flipped from sponges to sources of carbon dioxide
Science News
But more than two-thirds comes from a less visible source: a decline in the number and diversity of trees in remaining forests, researchers report online September 28 in Science. Tropical forests are a bulwark against rising carbon dioxide in the ...
Tropical forests used to protect us from climate change. Now, scientists say, they're making it worseWashington Post
Alarm as study reveals world's tropical forests are huge carbon emission sourceThe Guardian
New research suggests tropical forests are now a net source of carbon emissionsMongabay.com
Pacific Standard -PBS NewsHour -Carbon Brief
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Illegal fishing on the Galápagos high seas - Science Magazine

Thu, 2017-09-28 17:46

Illegal fishing on the Galápagos high seas
Science Magazine
The Galápagos Islands and surrounding Galápagos Marine Reserve harbor the largest global shark biomass in the world's oceans (1) and unique marine biodiversity (2). The loss of high-trophic level fish and marine predators can cause grave trophic ...

“Lost Continent” Rises Again With New Expedition - Smithsonian

Thu, 2017-09-28 16:51

Smithsonian

“Lost Continent” Rises Again With New Expedition
Smithsonian
Tens of millions of years after it disappeared under the waters of the Pacific Ocean, scientists have completed the first explorations of what some scientists are calling a hidden continent, Naaman Zhou reports at the Guardian. ... While more than 90 ...

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Genome of Fall Armyworm decoded: Moth pest is invading Africa - Science Daily

Thu, 2017-09-28 15:47

Genome of Fall Armyworm decoded: Moth pest is invading Africa
Science Daily
... invasive in Africa since 2016. Published in Scientific Reports on 25 September 2017, this study opens up perspectives for new methods of biological control and a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in the appearance of pesticide resistance.

South Africa: Science and Technology On Indigenous Knowledge for Future Research, Development and Innovation - AllAfrica.com

Thu, 2017-09-28 15:04

South Africa: Science and Technology On Indigenous Knowledge for Future Research, Development and Innovation
AllAfrica.com
The country's rich biodiversity has given it a scientific competitive edge in the sphere of indigenous knowledge systems (IKS). Already, about 20 000 tons of medicinal plants are exported from South Africa each year. About 24 000 plant species exist in ...

2 Murray State students spend summer in Africa on internships - The Lane Report

Wed, 2017-09-27 20:15

The Lane Report

2 Murray State students spend summer in Africa on internships
The Lane Report
27, 2017) — Two Murray State University students, Samantha Casteel and Elizabeth Remming, spent the summer in Africa completing international internships and gaining valuable experience in their fields. Samantha ... During her time there, she shadowed ...

Sri Lanka can be best wildlife tourism destination outside Africa: Euromonitor - Daily Mirror

Wed, 2017-09-27 18:40

Daily Mirror

Sri Lanka can be best wildlife tourism destination outside Africa: Euromonitor
Daily Mirror
“Sri Lanka is very well-positioned to be an authentic destination for experiential travel, especially in wildlife tourism. Sri Lanka can be the best wildlife tourism destination outside Africa,” Euromonitor Research Analyst Jocelyn Cheung said during ...

Innovative banana breeding to improve nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa - EurekAlert (press release)

Wed, 2017-09-27 16:08

Innovative banana breeding to improve nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa
EurekAlert (press release)
In sub-Saharan Africa, where millions depend on agriculture not only for food but also for their livelihoods, IITA's research provides solutions to hunger, poverty and natural resource degradation. Using sophisticated genetic engineering or selective ...

Science Spotlight: Saving African Wild Dogs - University Observer Online

Wed, 2017-09-27 14:30

University Observer Online

Science Spotlight: Saving African Wild Dogs
University Observer Online
For zoologist Holly English, her dream as a ten-year old has come true, she is now a zoologist working with African Wild Dogs. At the age of ten, English ... She chose to do a masters degree which would allow her to do as much independent research as ...

'Giant wombats made annual migration' - BBC News

Wed, 2017-09-27 13:33

BBC News

'Giant wombats made annual migration'
BBC News
It is being likened to the great migration of wildebeest in Africa. Scientists have discovered that Australia's extinct diprotodon would also make long annual treks across the continent in search of food. The animal, which was a kind of giant wombat ...

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Scientists decode the genome of fall armyworm, moth pest that is invading Africa - Phys.Org

Wed, 2017-09-27 11:59

Phys.Org

Scientists decode the genome of fall armyworm, moth pest that is invading Africa
Phys.Org
Published in Scientific Reports on 25 September 2017, this study opens up perspectives for new methods of biological control and a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in the appearance of pesticide resistance. Spodoptera ... Unlike the ...

Caribbean praying mantises have ancient African origin - Phys.org - Phys.Org

Wed, 2017-09-27 06:37

Phys.Org

Caribbean praying mantises have ancient African origin - Phys.org
Phys.Org
Three seemingly unrelated praying mantis groups inhabiting Cuba and the rest of the Greater Antilles actually share an ancient African ancestor and possibly ...

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Rejuvenated African forest becomes important refuge for rare monkeys - Lonely Planet Travel News

Wed, 2017-09-27 01:05

Lonely Planet Travel News

Rejuvenated African forest becomes important refuge for rare monkeys
Lonely Planet Travel News
Rejuvenated African forest becomes important refuge for rare monkeys. An African forest ... rarest monkeys. Scientists worked painstakingly for twenty years to protect and restore a forest in Benin bringing it back to its former glory. They thinned out ...

Giant wombatlike creatures migrated across Australia 300000 years ago - Science Magazine

Tue, 2017-09-26 23:12

Science Magazine

Giant wombatlike creatures migrated across Australia 300000 years ago
Science Magazine
About 300,000 years ago, herds of rhino-sized creatures migrated across the floodplains of east-central Australia, mimicking the treks that zebras and antelopes make across Africa's Serengeti today. But these migrants weren't majestic, long-limbed grazers.

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Caribbean praying mantises have ancient African origin | EurekAlert ... - EurekAlert (press release)

Tue, 2017-09-26 23:03

EurekAlert (press release)

Caribbean praying mantises have ancient African origin | EurekAlert ...
EurekAlert (press release)
Three seemingly unrelated praying mantis groups inhabiting Cuba and the rest of the Greater Antilles actually share an ancient African ancestor and possibly ...

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Scientists in efforts to save frogs in Kenya - The Standard

Tue, 2017-09-26 21:11

The Standard

Scientists in efforts to save frogs in Kenya
The Standard
They have singled out disease and the destruction of natural habitats as the major factors threatening frogs. Based on this, the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) and a US university are working together to develop a technology that will help track all ...

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New Study Funded by Morris Animal Foundation Points to Unexpected Benefits of Rabies Vaccination in Dogs - PR Newswire (press release)

Tue, 2017-09-26 17:22

New Study Funded by Morris Animal Foundation Points to Unexpected Benefits of Rabies Vaccination in Dogs
PR Newswire (press release)
26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The rabies vaccine is extremely effective at preventing this fatal disease in dogs, but new research, funded by Morris Animal Foundation, shows the vaccine may have a positive impact on overall canine health as well, and is ...

South Africa's Rhino Paradox - AzerNews

Tue, 2017-09-26 09:00

AzerNews

South Africa's Rhino Paradox
AzerNews
But as the court's ruling sinks in, commercial breeders and animal rights groups face a crucial question: could the creation of a legal market for farmed horns curb a poaching pandemic that claims some 1,500 wild rhinos annually? ... As University of ...

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