Why West African lions don’t avoid hunting areas

Images from camera traps show West African lions venturing out of protected areas and closer to humans. Researchers have an idea why.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation endangered-species cats west-africa hunting featured earth-and-environment predators national-parks

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 • futurity
July 22, 2019 ~1 min

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

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 • futurity
June 3, 2019 ~4 min

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

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