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A 2019 video shows scientists from the Wuhan CDC collecting samples in bat caves - but the agency hasn't revealed any findings

A woman looks at a model of a bat cave at the Wuhan Nature History Museum on June 1, 2021 in Wuhan, China. Getty A video from December 2019 shows Wuhan CDC experts collecting virus samples in local bat caves. Yet the Wuhan CDC said it did not store or study coronaviruses or bat viruses prior to the pandemic. US intelligence is investigating the possibility that the coronavirus leaked from a Chinese lab. See more stories on Insider's business page. During the World Health Organization&#...
Tags: Health, Asia, Science, News, Washington Post, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, US, Trends, Who, World Health Organization, Npr, Wuhan, Bats, Hubei

Huge two-day underwater avalanche sent mud 1,000km into ocean

Event may have gone unnoticed had it not slowed data traffic between Nigeria and South AfricaA vast underwater avalanche sent mud and sand more than 1,000km out into the ocean over the course of two days, rupturing submarine cables and disrupting internet traffic on Africa’s western coast, scientists have revealed.The avalanche, the longest sediment flow ever recorded, travelled more than 1,100km from its source at the mouth of the Congo river along a deep ocean canyon, according to a new study....
Tags: Science, Technology, Nigeria, Africa, UK News, World news, Congo, Avalanches

African great apes to suffer massive range loss in next 30 years

A new study published in the journal Diversity and Distributions predicts massive range declines of Africa's great apes -- gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos -- due to the impacts of climate change, land-use changes and human population growth.
Tags: Science, Africa

A woman with HIV had the coronavirus for 216 days. The virus mutated at least 30 times inside her.

A woman, who is not related to this story, receiving a coronavirus vaccine in Johannesburg, South Africa. Matthew Martin Brink/Xinhua via Getty A woman living with HIV was found to carry the novel coronavirus for seven months, a new study said. Scientist detected 32 mutations to the virus, including some seen in variants of concern. It suggests HIV could contribute to variant evolution, but probably in exceptional cases. See more stories on Insider's business page. A 36-year-old woman...
Tags: UK, Science, Africa, Hiv, Trends, South Africa, News UK, Getty, Durban, LA Times, University of KwaZulu Natal, University of Barcelona, Oliveira, Coronavirus, COVID, Coronavirus variant

A non-invasive procedure allows obtaining archaeological information without excavating

An international archaeological study, led by researchers from the Culture and Socio-Ecological Dynamics (CaSEs) research group, has advanced in the understanding and preservation of archaeological sites and in improving their analysis, thanks to the application of pXRF (portable X-ray fluorescence analysis) to anthropogenic sediments in Africa. It is a rapid, inexpensive, non-invasive procedure, which enables generating an additional archaeological record from the anthropogenic deposit by analy...
Tags: Science, Africa, Socio Ecological Dynamics

Raised buildings may help reduce malaria transmission in Africa

Using four experimental houses, researchers in Africa found that the number of female malaria mosquitoes collected in huts declined with increasing height, decreasing progressively as the hut's floor moved further from the ground.
Tags: Science, Africa

In This Best of World SF Story, an Artificial Daughter Longs for Her Mother in Near-Future Africa

Edited by World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar, The Best of World SF: Volume 1 collects 26 new short stories from authors representing 21 countries, including France, China, Singapore, Nigeria, India, Japan, Italy, and Cuba. io9 has a first look at the entry by Tlotlo Tsamaase, who hails from Botswana.Read more...
Tags: Science, Africa, Cuba, Sisi, Botswana, Lavie Tidhar, Mama, Tlotlo Tsamaase, France China Singapore Nigeria India Japan Italy

NASA has led 7 asteroid-impact simulations. Only once did experts figure out how to stop the space rock from hitting Earth.

An artist's illustration of asteroids flying by Earth. Peter Carril/ESA In a recent simulation, a fictitious asteroid was approaching Earth but experts couldn't stop it. NASA has led seven such simulations, and the participants only fully stopped the asteroid once. It shows how challenging it would be to stop an Earth-bound space rock, even with ample warning. See more stories on Insider's business page. An international group of space experts have been bested by a hypothetica...
Tags: Europe, Space, Science, News, Dart, Virginia, India, New York City, Africa, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Czech Republic, Austria, Harvard University, Fema

Global food, hunger challenges projected to increase mortality, disability by 2050

A new study shows that population and climate change will exacerbate the challenge of meeting nutrition and food needs over the next 30 years, especially in Africa south of the Sahara, but also that increased investment of $25.5 billion annually would more than offset the negative impacts of climate change.
Tags: Science, Africa, Sahara

The entire genome from Peştera Muierii 1 sequenced

Researchers at Uppsala University have successfully sequenced the entire genome from the skull of Peştera Muierii 1, a woman who lived in today's Romania 35,000 years ago. Her high genetic diversity shows that the out of Africa migration was not the great bottleneck in human development but rather this occurred during and after the most recent Ice Age. The study is now published in Current Biology.
Tags: Science, Africa, Romania, Uppsala University, Muierii

Tunisia lockdown ends, despite Africa’s worst Covid death rate

Pandemic fatigue and economic woes blamed for lack of action despite rapid rise in number of casesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTunisia has ended its one-week lockdown, despite having the highest reported deaths per capita of any country in Africa.Covid-19 cases in Tunisia were initially low last year, with a sweeping six-week lockdown involving the closure of borders and shutting down all but essential commercial activity appearing to halt the spread of the virus. ...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Tunisia, Coronavirus

CT scans offer new view of Lake Malawi cichlid specimens in Penn State museum

Computed tomography -- CT scanning -- which combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around an organism and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images of its bones, is providing new insight into an old initiative to characterize fishes in Africa's Lake Malawi.
Tags: Science, Africa, Lake Malawi, Penn State

Study confirms origin of vervet monkeys living near an urban airport for decades

Scientists have confirmed the species and origin of a colony of wild African vervet monkeys that landed in Dania Beach more than 70 years ago. They escaped from the Dania Chimpanzee Farm in 1948 and settled in a thick mangrove forest near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in South Florida. The facility acted as a zoo and also provided primates imported from Africa as research subjects in the development of the polio vaccine and other medical research.
Tags: Florida, Science, Africa, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, Dania Beach, Dania Chimpanzee Farm

COVAX has received zero shipments - making it 140 million doses short - since March because of India's outbreak

Workers load boxes of COVID-19 vaccines for COVAX in Antananarivo, Madagascar. MAMYRAEL/AFP via Getty Images One quarter of COVAX's vaccine supply for 2021 is being made by a major Indian drugmaker. But India's ongoing COVID-19 crisis saw the Serum Institute shut down exports in March. As a result, COVAX is 140 million doses short, UNICEF's executive director said Monday. See more stories on Insider's business page. COVAX, the project to vaccinate the world's poorest na...
Tags: Science, India, Africa, Trends, Eu, Bbc, News UK, Who, World Health Organization, Unicef, HARARE Zimbabwe, Fore, Serum Institute, Antananarivo Madagascar, SII, Henrietta Fore

Pet trade may pose threat to bushbaby conservation

At night in southern Africa, primates called bushbabies emit "spooky" vocalizations that sound a like crying children. What may be even spookier is the possible future facing these adorable creatures.
Tags: Science, Africa

Linguistic and biological diversity linked

Cultural diversity -- indicated by linguistic diversity -- and biodiversity are linked, and their connection may be another way to preserve both natural environments and Indigenous populations in Africa and perhaps worldwide, according to an international team of researchers.
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African rainforests still slowed climate change despite record heat and drought

Intact rainforests across tropical Africa continued to remove carbon from the atmosphere before and during the 2015-2016 El Niño, despite the extreme heat and drought. Theyl removed 1.1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere during the El Niño monitoring period. This rate is equivalent to three times the carbon dioxide emissions of the UK in 2019. Scientists were surprised by this discovery.
Tags: UK, Science, Africa, El Nino

If you want to eat like your paleo ancestors, stop cutting out all carbs, a new study suggests

An employee of the Natural History Museum in London looks at model of a Neanderthal male in his twenties, September 2014. Will Oliver/PA Images/Getty Some research has suggested that eating meat helped early humans' brains evolve to be larger. So dieters seeking to emulate their ancestors usually rely on meat-heavy, low-carb diets like keto. But a new study suggests Neanderthals and their ancestors ate plenty of starchy carbohydrates. See more stories on Insider's business page. I...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, London, News, Germany, Africa, Trends, Harvard, Harvard University, Carbohydrates, Anthropology, Ethiopia, Paleo Diet, Neanderthals, Paleo

Tea-growing areas to be badly hit if global heating intensifies

In Kenya, the area of optimal tea-growing conditions will be reduced by more than a quarter by 2050Your morning cup of tea may never taste the same again if global heating increases and the climate crisis intensifies, according to research.Some of the world’s biggest tea-growing areas will be among the worst hit by extreme weather, and their yields are likely to be vastly reduced in the coming decades if climate breakdown continues at its current pace. Floods, droughts, heatwaves and storms are ...
Tags: Tea, Food, Science, Climate Change, China, India, Africa, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Kenya, Sri Lanka

NASA administrator says China is failing to meet 'responsible standards' for space debris, after parts of an uncontrolled rocket landed in the Indian Ocean

Former Senator Bill Nelson. NASA/Bill Ingalls NASA's Bill Nelson on Sunday said China hadn't met "responsible standards" for uncontrolled debris. Debris from a Chinese rocket landed in the Indian Ocean on Sunday. Space agencies and private companies need to "act responsibly and transparently," he said. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson on Sunday said China was "failing to meet responsible standards" for its space debris."Spacefaring na...
Tags: Space, Science, News, China, Africa, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Rockets, North America, Nelson, Indian Ocean, Foreign Ministry, Bill Nelson, Maldives China, Wang Wenbin

The Chinese rocket falling to Earth uncontrolled is one of 11 similar missions scheduled over the next 2 years

The Long March-5B Y2 rocket, carrying the core module of China's space station at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in China on April 23. The Chinese rocket falling to Earth is one of 11 in China's plan to build a space station. Two of the 11 launches involve the same type of rocket now in uncontrolled descent. Last time that type of rocket came back to Earth, debris is thought to have fallen on two villages in Africa. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Chinese ...
Tags: Space, Science, China, Africa, US, Trends, Earth, Harvard, News UK, Rocket, Ivory Coast, Space Stations, Forbes, Space Debris, Atlantic Ocean, Foreign Ministry

How viruses and bacteria can reach drinking water wells

Induced bank filtration is a key and well-established approach to provide drinking water supply to populated areas located along rivers or lakes and with limited access to groundwater resources. It is employed in several countries worldwide, with notable examples in Europe, the United States, and parts of Africa. Contamination of surface waters poses a serious threat to attaining drinking water standards.
Tags: Europe, Science, Africa, United States

The African wild dog: An ambassador for the world's largest terrestrial conservation area

The world's largest terrestrial conservation area is located in southern Africa and covers 520,000 square kilometers spanning five countries. A study from the University of Zurich now shows that the endangered African wild dog mostly remains within the boundaries of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) when dispersing, thus highlighting the relevance of such a large-scale conservation initiative for maintaining key wildlife corridors of threatened species.
Tags: Science, Africa, University of Zurich

Review: Most human origins stories are not compatible with known fossils

In the 150 years since Charles Darwin speculated that humans originated in Africa, the number of species in the human family tree has exploded, but so has the level of dispute concerning early human evolution. A new review looks at the major discoveries in hominin origins since Darwin's works and argues that fossil apes can inform us about essential aspects of ape and human evolution, including the nature of our last common ancestor.
Tags: Science, Africa, Charles Darwin, Darwin

Archaeologists uncover oldest human burial in Africa

‘Quite spectacular’ discovery shows three-year-old child was carefully laid to rest nearly 80,000 years agoArchaeologists have identified the oldest known human burial in Africa during field work that uncovered the remains of a child laid carefully to rest in a grave nearly 80,000 years ago.The arrangement of the bones shows the three-year-old – named Mtoto after the Swahili word for child – was placed with legs tucked to chest, and perhaps wrapped in a shroud with their head on a pillow, before...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Anthropology, Archaeology, Kenya

Archaeologists Uncover Africa's Oldest Intentional Human Burial

A group of archaeologists has found the oldest deliberate burial of a modern human ever discovered in Africa, dating back 78,300 years ago. The discovery sheds new light on the early origins of this ancient practice.Read more...
Tags: Science, Africa, Archaeology, Torres, Burial, Cultural Studies, Kilifi County, Chris Stringer, Panga Ya Saidi, Death Customs, Middle Stone Age, Maria Martinon Torres, Louise Humphrey, African Archaeology, Emmanuel Ndiema

Mary Rose ship had multi-ethnic crew, study shows

Analysis of remains of crew on Henry VIII’s favourite warship sheds light on diversity in Tudor EnglandOne is thought to be an archer raised in the Atlas mountains in north Africa, and another may have been a carpenter who grew up in south-west Spain. Others hailed from closer to home, possibly the bustling ports of the English west country or the Thames estuary.The most in-depth study yet of a group of men who drowned when Henry VIII’s favourite warship, the Mary Rose, sank off Portsmouth has p...
Tags: Europe, Science, Thames, Africa, Spain, UK News, World news, Atlas, Archaeology, Portsmouth, Henry Viii, Mary Rose, Tudor England, south west Spain, Tudor EnglandOne

Africa's oldest human burial site uncovered

The discovery of the earliest human burial site yet found in Africa, by an international team including several CNRS researchers1, has just been announced in the journal Nature. At Panga ya Saidi, in Kenya, north of Mombasa, the body of a three-year-old, dubbed Mtoto (Swahili for 'child') by the researchers, was deposited and buried in an excavated pit approximately 78,000 years ago
Tags: Science, Africa, Kenya, CNRS, MOMBASA, Panga Ya Saidi

The oldest human burial in Africa

A new study featured on the 6 May cover of Nature by an international team of researchers details the earliest modern human burial in Africa. The remains of a 2.5 to 3 year-old child were found in a flexed position, deliberately buried in a shallow grave directly under the sheltered overhang of the cave. The interment at Panga ya Saidi joins increasing evidence of early complex social behaviours in Homo sapiens.
Tags: Science, Africa, Saidi, Panga

The incredible life and career rise of Melinda Gates - one of the world's richest and most powerful women

She heads a foundation with a $40 billion endowment. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gates is one of the most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes. She could be worth $73 billion if she and Bill Gates split their fortune equally in the divorce. Gates will continue in her role as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. See more stories on Insider's business page. Melinda Gates is the fifth most powerful woman in the world, ...
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