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National Geographic—

Ancient Egyptians mummified millions of birds. Where did they get them?

Sacred ibises were sacrificed on an industrial scale—and new research may help us understand what led to the birds’ disappearance from the marshes of the Nile.

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Very rare lion mummies discovered in Egypt

Nature —

China charts a path into European science

As the Belt and Road Initiative spreads to central and eastern Europe, China’s investments in research and technology are raising concerns in the West.

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Gigantic Nile dam prompts clash between Egypt and Ethiopia

Chinese investments fuel growth in African science

Sudanese academics defiant as revolution turns bloody

The Independent—

Zimbabwean President says sale of ivory stocks could fund conservation for 'next 20 years'

According to the President, the revenue that could be generated from the stocks - obtained at the natural death of animals- if trade of the products was legalised, would fund the operational budget of Zimbabwe’s national parks for the next 20 years.

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Communities living with wildlife demand they be the rightful owners

UN Environment—

National academies call for immediate action on air pollution

The Academies of Sciences and Medicine from South Africa, Brazil, Germany, and the United States issued a joint statement on 19 June, which they presented at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, calling for intensified funding and action under a new global compact to tackle air pollution.

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Other Articles on UN Environment:

Interactive: Trading mercury

India pushes for greater uptake of electric mobility

Delegates urged to be “optimistic and bold” in opening of UN Environment Assembly

Weatherbys Magazine—

Growing Concern

If you happen to find yourself dining at a top restaurant in Amsterdam, the chances are the rocket in your salad or the basil that made your pesto came from the city’s first ‘vertical’ farm...

(featuring interview with Lord Jacob Rothschild)

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Research Europe—

Stepping up

As Bulgaria hosts the European Council, Krasimir Valchev, education and science minister, talks about what to expect from its presidency.

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Entrepreneur Raycho Raychev is banking on a growing demand for space data sparking a consumer satellite boom

[Exclusive] UK could lose access to EU innovation funding, leaked document suggests.

Catalan upheaval leaves researchers in limbo

BBC—

Russian artists on culture, identity and censorship

Many of the artists, based in and around Moscow and St Petersburg, once displayed their work in public spaces, but faced with increasing censorship there, some now feel more comfortable retreating to their private studios.

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NPR—

Competing In The Alternate World Cup Is A Dream Come True For Tibet

The first time he touched a football, Gelek Wangchuk was 9 years old. It was in a settlement of Tibetan refugees in Himachal Pradesh, in northern India, where he and other Tibetan boys attended the Tibetan Children's Village, a school founded by the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader.

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PRI—

Despite the peace deal with Ethiopia, Eritrean refugees are still afraid to return home

When Samuel Berhe thinks of Eritrea, he sees the sand-colored buildings and turquoise water of Asmara’s shoreline. He sees his sister’s bar under the family home in the capital’s center that sells sweet toast and beer. He sees his father who, at 80 years old, is losing his eyesight but is still a force to be reckoned with. He thinks of his home, a place that he cannot reach.

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Salon—

The next frontier in Cuba: American press is seeping into the country, shaking up nation's decades-long battle with free expression

For Obama's historic visit to Cuba, the flags of the two countries hung together from balconies in Old Havana. The symbol was of unification and peace, a headway that U.S products would soon share a space in Cuban culture.

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Other Articles on Salon:

The Twitter candidate: Donald Trump’s mastery of social media is his real ground game

It’s not just a Flint problem: Other U.S. cities are suffering from toxic water

Zoltan Istvan, a Transhumanist running for president, wants to make you immortal

Cafe Babel—

The women of Ribnovo - the last of the Pomaks

High in the mountains of Bulgaria lies the village of Ribnovo, whose population is overwhelmingly Pomak: a group of Bulgarian-speaking Muslims whose traditions date back to the Ottoman Empire. The mayor estimates that around 70% of the working male population have left to find work in western Europe, leaving the women to make do by themselves.

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Narrative.ly—

Murder in the Ivy League

It went down to eleven degrees the night of December 20, 1988. Garry Germain, a newly hired security guard, had started working for Columbia University just six weeks prior. He was stationed at the Graduate School of Journalism. After finishing dinner, and with two hours left on his shift, Germain returned to his post at Pulitzer Hall. Standing inside the lobby to escape the cold, he kept a watchful eye on the courtyard, in particular towards the entrance of Furnald Hall grocery store, which had been held up twice in the past month.

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Reuters —

Bulgarian capital shows Roman past

Bulgaria hopes to draw tourists intrigued by ancient tombs, mosaics and sewage systems later this year, thanks to engineers excavating a new line for the Sofia metro who stumbled across a street of prime real estate - from the 4th century AD. Beneath modern Sofia lie the remains of Serdica, a lively, cosmopolitan city where Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman emperor, lived for a year while looking for a new capital for his empire.

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Other Articles on Reuters:

CEZ launches 5MW solar park in Bulgaria

Analysis: Central Europe walks austerity tightrope

The bomber's uniform of Bermuda shorts and blue cap

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