Hunting elephants is really bad for termites

A tiny termite might see an elephant's foot as a threat but losing herbivores to hunting may cause even more problems for them.

Jeff Falk-Rice | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment africa conservation ecosystems insects rainforests termites

Is the Ebola emergency declaration in Congo too late?

Last week, the World Health Organization declared the year-long Ebola outbreak in Congo a global health emergency. Did they wait too long?

Boston University | July 22, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine ebola epidemics viruses west-africa

Precolonial history may predict conflict in sub-Saharan Africa

New research explores the likelihood of violence in postcolonial sub-Saharan African countries.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester | July 5, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture ethnicity government history sub-saharan-africa violence

Medieval Africans had a great way to purify gold

Archaeology and materials science confirm the "pure gold" coins of medieval West Africa. "...the process used to refine gold in Tadmekka is real."

Megan Fellman-Northwestern | June 3, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture archaeology gold history money west-africa

DNA from 41 skeletons hints at first herders in Africa

DNA evidence from ancient skeletons is beginning to tell the complex story of herding and farming in East Africa.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook | May 31, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture agriculture food livestock skeletons sub-saharan-africa

Conservation agriculture isn’t one-size-fits-all

"If you're a poor farmer in Africa, you're not going to wait several years to get positive returns. You're just worried about getting through this year."

U. Arizona | May 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture climate-change farmers rural-communities sub-saharan-africa sustainability

What if ‘child marriage’ means older teens making choices?

Calls to end "child marriage" are prone to stereotypes, say researchers who investigated the ages and decision-making of girls and their families in Tanzania.

Jim Logan-UC Santa Barbara | Feb. 28, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture families gender marriage sub-saharan-africa teenagers

Manuscripts reveal Horn of Africa’s Islamic history

Researchers have discovered and digitally cataloged a huge trove of manuscripts from an understudied area in Islamic studies. See the database for yourself.

Carsten Munk Hansen-U. Copenhagen | Feb. 6, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture africa ethiopia history islam languages literature religion somalia

Which is worse: Food waste or emissions from refrigeration?

Would a refrigerated supply chain for food in sub-Saharan Africa cut or increase emissions? A new study evaluates the pros and cons.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Dec. 21, 2018 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment africa climate-change emissions food refrigeration sub-saharan-africa

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