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Rare Bird-Human Relationship: Honeyguides Help Honey-hunters find Bee Hives

Rare Bird-Human Relationship: Honeyguides Help Honey-hunters find Bee Hives

A community in African country Mozambique spots honeybees’ colonies without using some special high-tech instruments. These honey-hunters have a special bond with a wild bird that tells them the location of a bee nest.

A new study published in journal Science on Friday has found that the bird, honeyguide, works with humans to find a bee colony to get wax in return. It utilizes a special call to attract humans and then jumps from tree to tree to guide honey-hunters to reach the destination, as per the study by the universities of Cape Town and Cambridge.

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Jaguar’s all-new F-PACE officially driven into sub-Sahara African markets

Jaguar’s all-new F-PACE officially driven into sub-Sahara African markets

Bigwig automaker Jaguar’s first performance crossover -- the all-new F-PACE Compact SUV -- has officially driven into the sub-Sahara African markets. The vehicle is expected to grab the top-notch spot in the compact SUV segment; thanks largely to its unique combination of unmatched dynamics and day-to-day versatility.

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Female Genital Mutilation is ‘child abuse’, says head of United Nations Population Fund

Female Genital Mutilation is ‘child abuse’, says head of United Nations Populati

Female genital mutilation is a child abuse, says Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, head of the United Nations Population Fund. Dr. Osotimehin strongly believes that this abuse needs to be end as soon as possible. Over 200 women and girls across the world have undergone the procedure in which parts of female genitals are removed.

As per the UN estimates, additional three million women face the risk of undergoing the procedure. Earlier, the organization has termed this practice to be a human rights violation, but it is now that it ca has called it child abuse.

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Climate change: Sub-Saharan Africa’s food supply in danger, study seeks agricultural revolution

Climate change: Sub-Saharan Africa’s food supply in danger, study seeks agricult

Like many regions across the globe, Africa will also face the catastrophic effects of climate change in near future if we fail to control it in time. A new study has predicted that many staple food crops will stop growing in sub-Saharan Africa if weather patterns continue to trouble them. Farming community will have to adapt to the change. It also reported that the region’s agricultural landscape will see transformation from climate change by 2025.

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Ebola survivors suffer from many health issues

Ebola survivors suffer from many health issues

Though it is being said that Ebola outbreak has ended, such is not the case. The virus keeps on returning in survivors, new patients and press. The best example in the case would be of Pauline Cafferkey, a Scottish nurse, who had served in Sierra Leone during this year’s West African outbreak.

Nine months after her initial infection and recovery, she was once again having the Ebola virus and now, she is taking treatment at London’s Royal Free Hospital. In the last 24 hours, the Ebola virus has been diagnosed in two people in Guinea.

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Most Effective antivenom for snakebites in sub-Saharan Africa to run out of stock next year

Most Effective antivenom for snakebites in sub-Saharan Africa to run out of stoc

Fav-Afrique, which for past so many years has been the most effective anti-venom against the 10 potentially snakbites in sub-Saharan Africa, is running out. Doctors have been made aware of the shortage that will soon take place.

The expensive drug costs up to $500, which is more than the average sub-Saharan African countries. Though governments and NGOs have subsidized the treatment, it was not enough to produce the drug to become profitable, said Sanofi Pasteur, the drug’s maker.

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Archaeologists discover Stone Tools in Africa

Archaeologists discover Stone Tools in Africa

Archaeologists working in Kenya have discovered the oldest stone tools ever recorded in Africa. Researchers said they were not utilized by any human from the genus Homo as they might have been created much earlier.

The tools that date back 3.3 million years are evidence that some of the earliest ancestors of humans used tools numerous hundred thousand years before the rise of the genus Homo. As per the researchers, the stone flakes discovered are 700,000 years older as compared the oldest known tools to date.

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Ebola survivor Foday Gallah tells story of his struggle

Ebola survivor Foday Gallah tells story of his struggle

Ebola has emerged to be a major health concern for the world today, especially in the West Africa. The disease has killed several persons and many more are becoming its victim. Health workers fighting Ebola have been termed as Time's 'Person of the Year'. The magazine featured Foday Gallah, an ambulance driver, on its cover, who told BBC about his struggle with the disease.

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Environmental factors have massive impact on Species

Environmental factors have massive impact on Species

Researchers do not consider dragon fish, Polypterus senegalus, as a normal fish. This species of fish native to Africa has two lungs and it can even survive outside water.

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African Economies getting Hit from Ebola Outbreak

African Economies getting Hit from Ebola Outbreak

African economies are struggling because of the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. The tourism industry is getting the hit as tourists are wary of traveling to Africa. African government is worried because of the potential loses the outbreak of Ebola poses to the economy, and is trying the best to ensure prevention from the virus.

Government tourist boards and trade associations are trying to convince tourists that there is no serious threat of the Ebola virus, but operators are still receiving phone calls about fewer bookings and abrupt cancellations.

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