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Calls for ban on holiday adverts with elephant rides and circuses

A new drive is being launched for a ban on adverts for foreign holidays that involve rides or live shows with elephants.<p>Campaigners and celebrities …

Wildlife

Oldest Evidence for Life on Land Unearthed in South Africa

About 3.22 billion years ago, slimy layers of microbes coated pebbles in what was perhaps an ancient riverbed. Those ancient microbial mats, …

South Africa

Sensational archaeological find is likely Germany's oldest library

Archeologists in Cologne are sure they have found what looks like the foundations of the oldest verifiable library in Germany. It was built by the …

Libraries

Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography

Respect for birds and their habitats must come before getting that perfect shot. Here's how to be a responsible bird photographer.<p>The first essential …

Officials turn a blind eye to the smuggling of wild lions

South African farmers are using cattle-rustling routes to smuggle wild lions out of Botswana to supply a growing demand for lion-bone potions in the …

The worrying truth behind SA’s ‘improved’ maths and science marks

Education quality assurer uMalusi <b>recently</b> expressed delight that South Africa’s maths and science marks are improving, but the actual numbers show …

Government’s bold plan to improve maths and science at schools

Maths and science graduates could be forced to undergo mandatory community service by teaching these subjects at government schools, under a new …

Ooh‚ koek! That lekker cupcake glitter you love is actually plastic

Pastor jailed for dog fighting

The NSPCA was alerted by a brave member of the public who reported that a teenage boy and his uncle, Mr James Bennie who is a part time pastor in the …

How WhatsApp has helped heroin become Mozambique’s second biggest export

<b>As many as 40 tonnes of heroin could be passing through Mozambique every year, making it the country's second biggest export, in a trade that is boosted by the use of mobile phone apps, writes Mozambique analyst Joseph Hanlon.</b><p>Mozambique is now an important stop for heroin traders who are using …

54 newsrooms, 9 countries, and 9 core ideas: Here’s what two researchers found in a yearlong quest for journalism innovation

Many news organizations are working intensely on sharpening their own profiles and identities, challenging the dogma of neutrality and fleeing away from the catch-all omnibus news ideal for several reasons. The need for a clear media identity grows when online news content is spread in small, …

Journalism

Humans did not stem from a single ancestral population in one region of Africa

A scientific consortium has found that human ancestors were scattered across Africa, and largely kept apart by a combination of diverse habitats and …

Evolution

Bad News for Anyone Who Thinks Vaping Will Help Them Quit Smoking

This study shows how unhelpful e-cigs can be.<p>We all know the kinds of people who vape to look cool, but you probably know just as many others — if …

Public Health

Neighbor calls police on a 12-year-old boy for mowing the wrong lawn

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 12-year-old entrepreneur says his lawn-mowing business is getting a lot of new clients after someone called the police on him for mowing the wrong yard.<p>Reggie Fields runs Mr. Reggie's Lawn Cutting Service in the Cleveland, Ohio, suburb of Maple Heights. He has his cousins and his brothers …

Lawn Mowing

Apple launches its free Schoolwork app for teachers

Apple this morning launched Schoolwork, a free app for teachers that was first introduced at Apple’s education event in Chicago back in March. The cloud-based app allows teachers using iPads in the classroom to create and distribute handouts and other assignments, collaborate individually with …

Radioactive water reignites concerns over fracking for gas

The so-called “flowback water” contains fracking fluids, and water released from rock in which naturally-occurring radioactive materials can be …

Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster

Research proves there are ways to learn new skills and concepts with speed and ease.<p>Whether it’s a new technology, a foreign language, or an advanced skill, staying competitive often means learning new things. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers have taken a course or sought additional training to …

Carcinogens found in regular cigarettes are in e-cigarettes, too, study finds

<i>Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with any advertisers on this site.</i><p>Teenagers who use ­e-cigarettes are ingesting many of the same carcinogens found in regular cigarettes, according to a study published recently in the medical journal Pediatrics. And those who use fruit-flavored e-cigs …

Public Health

There's even more evidence to suggest popular vitamin supplements are essentially useless

Vitamin and mineral supplements are a staple in many people's diets, but there is increasing evidence to suggest the most popular ones are essentially useless.<p>A new systematic review of data and trials published between January 2012 and October 2017 found that many popular multivitamins — as well …

University of Toronto

Online dating lowers self-esteem and increases depression, studies say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Before there were smartphones, singles would often go to bars or clubs and try to meet "the One," or at least the one for that night. Alcohol-induced courage and a steep bar tab later, singles were on top of their game or it was "game over" -- until the next weekend.<p>Technology has saved …

Children exposed to 30 per cent more air pollution than adults because they are shorter, study finds

Children are exposed to 30 per cent more air pollution than adults when walking to school because they are shorter, and nearer to exhaust fumes, a new report has found.<p>Parents are being urged to pick quieter roads to protect them from toxic air and also ditch the car, because pollution inside …

Parasites Can Mind-Control Animals Without Infecting Them

In 2018, everything is a metaphor.<p>A tapeworm is essentially a very long, parasitic towel with a grappling hook for a head. It attaches itself to the internal organs of its host with its fiendish head spines, and it absorbs nutrients through its tagliatelle-shaped body. Once fastened, it does very …

Fish

Man Was Fired By His Company’s AI System Due To Human Error, As Managers ‘Stood Powerless’

Ibrahim Diallo was fired from his job by the company's AI system, as managers scrambled to figure out the problem and watched him be escorted from …

Puppies trust their mums — and humans

Animal behaviour<p>19 June 2018<p>Young dogs facing scary objects look to humans for guidance.<p>Puppies just two months old take social cues from their …

Digital devices during family time could exacerbate bad behavior: Research shows that parents who use their smartphone to escape the stress of their child's bad behavior may be making it worse

Research shows that parents who use their smartphone to escape the stress of their child's bad behavior may be making it worse<p>Parents who spend a lot …

Mozambique: the secret rainforest at the heart of an African volcano

A ‘dream team’ of scientists scaled Mount Lico and found a wealth of new species<p>Standing in a pit in the red soil of a mountaintop forest in northern Mozambique, Dr Simon Willcock was dirty but very excited. “Undisturbed forest is incredibly rare,” he said. “That is why we scaled a 125-metre-tall …

Biodiversity

Animals are becoming nocturnal to avoid humans

Researchers have learned that dozens of species of animals have reacted to increased contact with human beings by shifting their internal clocks to …

These trees have lived for 2,500 years. Now they're suddenly dying

Baobab trees are among the oldest trees on the planet. Some are as old as 2,500 years. But now, some of the oldest and largest among them are dead …

Animals are busy having conversations all around us, say scientists

From elephants to frogs to fireflies, it seems everyone wants to chat.<p>Two-way conversations – once thought of as uniquely human – are common across …

In South Africa, Digging for Clues to an Ancient Extinction — and the Planet’s Future

If volcano-driven climate change was behind the Permian-Triassic land extinction, scientists might learn something crucial about our own fate.<p>In …