Dragon lizard is a brand new species in the Smaug family

Researchers have found a new species in the Smaug genus, named for the deadly dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: africa climate-change conservation lizards science-and-technology

These ostrich eggshell beads were social currency

People traded beads made from ostrich eggshells in vast exchange networks in Africa, researchers find. The practice was a way to maintain relationships.

U. Michigan • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: africa birds anthropology money society-and-culture ancient-history shells jewelry

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 • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~6 min

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

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 • futurity
Feb. 6, 2019 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
Dec. 21, 2018 ~8 min

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

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