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River prawns stop disease spread in West Africa

The Diama Dam that spans between Senegal and Mauritania in West Africa was intended to improve crop irrigation when it was built in 1986. But while preventing saltwater intrusion, the dam also altered the region's ecology, ...

dateAug 25, 2015 in Ecology
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Linking cell-population to whole-fish growth

Every year, more than a million fish are used for toxicity testing and scientific research in the EU alone, and around 400 fish are needed for a single fish early-life stage test. Such toxicity tests are often required by ...

dateAug 07, 2015 in Ecology
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Four million years at Africa's salad bar

As grasses grew more common in Africa, most major mammal groups tried grazing on them at times during the past 4 million years, but some of the animals went extinct or switched back to browsing on trees and shrubs, according ...

Mammoths killed by abrupt climate change

New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the megafauna, in Earth's past.

Head and body lice read DNA differently

What makes head lice different from body lice had scientists scratching their heads as previous genetic studies failed to find any substantial differences between the two types of lice.

Bees are 'sick of humans' but man will feel the sting

In a worrying development which could threaten food production, South Africa's traditionally tough honey bees—which had been resistant to disease—are now getting "sick of humans", with the population of the crucial pollinators ...

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