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Lobbying group fights new New Jersey big-game trophy law - Press Herald

Tue, 2016-07-12 22:27

Press Herald

Lobbying group fights new New Jersey big-game trophy law
Press Herald
Robert Viden Jr., one of the hunters involved with the suit, said in a filing that the money he has spent on big-game safari hunts has gone to support rural people in Africa and help “reduce the conflict between people and wildlife.” “A trophy is a ...
Hunters sue to challenge New Jersey big-game trophy banPhilly.com

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In Warming Oceans, Stronger Currents Releasing Heat in Bigger Storms - InsideClimate News

Tue, 2016-07-12 18:07

InsideClimate News

In Warming Oceans, Stronger Currents Releasing Heat in Bigger Storms
InsideClimate News
Global warming is intensifying some of the world's most important ocean currents, new research shows, raising the risk of damaging storms along heavily populated coastlines of China and Japan. ... The western boundary currents, which run along the ...

Dot Earth | A Conservationist's Call for Humans to Curb Harms to Our Animal Kin - New York Times (blog)

Tue, 2016-07-12 12:34

New York Times (blog)

Dot Earth | A Conservationist's Call for Humans to Curb Harms to Our Animal Kin
New York Times (blog)
Carl Safina's latest book, “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel,” provides a deeply personal and compelling call to humans to reassess our relationships with the animals we cherish, eat or confine. ... But with the paperback edition published ...

How Exploding Stars May Have Shaped Earth's History - The Atlantic

Tue, 2016-07-12 12:30

CNET

How Exploding Stars May Have Shaped Earth's History
The Atlantic
Its date range includes the timeline of a minor extinction event at the endstart of the Pleistocene, about 2.59 million years ago, one that was long thought to be caused, in part, by a cooling climate and dramatic regional changes in Africa and central ...
Science finds fingerprints on Earth of distant exploding starsCNET
Ancient supernovae buffeted Earth's biology with radiation dose, researcher saysScience Daily

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East African cement boom - Aggregate Research (press release) (registration)

Tue, 2016-07-12 06:29

Aggregate Research (press release) (registration)

East African cement boom
Aggregate Research (press release) (registration)
Sky-high cement demand in East Africa, fueled by greater construction investment in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania, is increasing equipment supply to the region – especially from Germany and China. ... “The increasing demand for ...

Capuchin monkeys use stone tools to crack open cashew nuts — and expand the field of non-human archaeology - Los Angeles Times

Tue, 2016-07-12 01:12

Washington Post

Capuchin monkeys use stone tools to crack open cashew nuts — and expand the field of non-human archaeology
Los Angeles Times
The semi-arid region of northeast Brazil offers little for a monkey to eat, except for a variety of hard-shelled fruits and seeds. So when capuchins arrived in this region about half a million years ago, they needed to find a way to access the only ...
Humans may have learned to use tools by watching monkeysExpress.co.uk
Scientists unearthed a trove of 700-year-old stone tools — used by monkeysWashington Post
These monkeys have been using tools for at least 700 years, say scientistsChristian Science Monitor
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What Africa's drought responses teach us about climate change hotspots - The Conversation AU

Mon, 2016-07-11 23:45

The Conversation AU

What Africa's drought responses teach us about climate change hotspots
The Conversation AU
Gina Ziervogel is part of the ASSAR project that is run by the African Climate and Development Initiative, UCT and funded by UK Government's Department for International Development (DfID) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), ...

Food Computer: How Caleb Harper Inspires Us to Be Future Farmers - ABC News

Mon, 2016-07-11 21:38

Food Computer: How Caleb Harper Inspires Us to Be Future Farmers
ABC News
There, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, where he is a research scientist, crops like basil, broccoli and even cotton are flourishing under LEDs. He created these food computers as a tool for the next generation of farmers ...

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WATCH: Shocking moment wildlife guide kicks creature cherished by Prince William - Express.co.uk

Mon, 2016-07-11 21:30

Express.co.uk

WATCH: Shocking moment wildlife guide kicks creature cherished by Prince William
Express.co.uk
The rare pangolin – a prehistoric-looking animal with armour-plated skin – rolls into a ball as the guide's boot makes contact. “No, no, no…” Scream out voices in the background while the pangolin, framed in a spotlight, writhes on the ground in South ...

Science finds fingerprints on Earth of distant exploding stars - CNET

Mon, 2016-07-11 19:35

CNET

Science finds fingerprints on Earth of distant exploding stars
CNET
But when those distant suns die and send a supernova explosion tearing across the cosmos, the shock waves can sometimes be felt on Earth, new research has found. In April, researchers presented evidence of a pair of prehistoric supernovas that exploded ...
Radiation bombardment from ancient supernovae may have triggered climate changeGizmag
Ancient supernovae buffeted Earth's biology with radiation dose, researcher saysScience Daily
Spectacular supernova may have helped usher in mass extinctionChristian Science Monitor

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Changes in primate teeth linked to rise of monkeys - UC Berkeley

Mon, 2016-07-11 19:05

UC Berkeley

Changes in primate teeth linked to rise of monkeys
UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley paleontologists have identified distinctive features of primate teeth that allow them to track the evolution of our ape and monkey ancestors, shedding light on a mysterious increase in monkey species that occurred during a period of climate ...

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These Paleo Pets Made Fossil Hunting Less Lonely - Smithsonian

Mon, 2016-07-11 15:36

Smithsonian

These Paleo Pets Made Fossil Hunting Less Lonely
Smithsonian
Animal assistants have been accompanying fossil hunters for nearly 200 years. The most ... Eastern Africa has a greater array of potentially dangerous wildlife—think lions and venomous snakes—than other boneyards, so the dogs were an early warning ...

Pope's quotes: Africa offers a natural richness - National Catholic Reporter (blog)

Mon, 2016-07-11 14:09

Pope's quotes: Africa offers a natural richness
National Catholic Reporter (blog)
Illegal trade in diamonds and precious stones, rare metals or those of great strategic value, wood, biological material and animal products, such as ivory trafficking and the relative killing of elephants, fuels political instability, and fuels ...

Morning Briefing: Kudankulam Plant II Goes Critical; Air India Dumps Surge Pricing; NREGA Record - Swarajya

Mon, 2016-07-11 00:56

Swarajya

Morning Briefing: Kudankulam Plant II Goes Critical; Air India Dumps Surge Pricing; NREGA Record
Swarajya
India on Sunday signed five agreements with resource-rich African country Tanzania, including one for extending a line of credit of $92 million for rehabilitation and improvement of Zanzibar's water supply system. It is a Tanzania archipelago off the ...

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How the World's Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change - Common Dreams (press release)

Sun, 2016-07-10 17:52

Common Dreams (press release)

How the World's Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change
Common Dreams (press release)
According to Scheub, "If you pyrolyze organic wastes, up to 50 percent of the carbon, which plants have extracted from the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide, is converted into highly stable carbon, which can persist in soils for thousands of ...

Rapid City businessman hopes special water can improve crops in Africa - Rapid City Journal

Sun, 2016-07-10 11:39

Rapid City Journal

Rapid City businessman hopes special water can improve crops in Africa
Rapid City Journal
John Willard of Dr. Willard's Water stands next to a bottling machine Thursday in the company's office building in Rapid City. Willard went to Zambia and Mozambique in June to set up test plots to see if plants treated with his company's plant catalyst ...

'There is no escape': Nairobi's air pollution sparks Africa health warning - The Guardian

Sun, 2016-07-10 07:01

The Guardian

'There is no escape': Nairobi's air pollution sparks Africa health warning
The Guardian
Kenya is one of the few countries in Africa to have banned cars using the most sulphurous fuels, but what research there is suggests this is still one of the most polluted cities in the world – made worse by smoke from roadside rubbish fires, diesel ...

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Zika a 'grave risk' for U.S. - Albuquerque Journal

Sun, 2016-07-10 06:02

Albuquerque Journal

Zika a 'grave risk' for U.S.
Albuquerque Journal
Dr. Kathryn Hanley, associate professor of biology at New Mexico State University, in her lab in Las Cruces. (Andres Leighton/For ... was concerned about it. The New Mexico State University biologist began her Zika research a decade ago while she was ...

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Facts About Regal Blue Tangs - Live Science

Sat, 2016-07-09 20:43

Live Science

Facts About Regal Blue Tangs
Live Science
Coloration changes as regal blue tangs mature, according to the Animal Diversity Web (ADW). Though in "Finding Dory," baby Dory was blue with a yellow tail, in real life juvenile blue tangs are bright yellow with blue spots by their eyes, and their ...

60% of Loggerhead Turtles Stranded on Beaches in South Africa Had Ingested Plastic - EcoWatch

Sat, 2016-07-09 18:39

EcoWatch

60% of Loggerhead Turtles Stranded on Beaches in South Africa Had Ingested Plastic
EcoWatch
Now, researchers have found that 60 percent of post-hatchling loggerhead turtles stranded on southern Cape beaches in South Africa have been impacted by growing quantities of human-caused debris such as plastic fragments, packaging and fibers. ... Last ...

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