Tag Archives: Africa

Elephant-watching EarthRanger team widens focus

Years ago, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen backed a project called the Great Elephant Census that highlighted a crisis for Africa’s elephant population, brought about primarily by illegal poaching. Allen passed away last year at the age of 65, but the software-based successor to that … Continue reading

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Vulcan builds drones to protect African wildlife

One of the legacies left behind by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder who passed away last October, is a drone development program aimed at providing aerial intelligence for Africa’s anti-poaching efforts. The program takes a share of the … Continue reading

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‘One Strange Rock’ shows the benefits of bat poop

What do giant fruit bats have in common with Johnny Appleseed? Tonight’s episode of “One Strange Rock,” National Geographic Channel’s documentary series about the interconnectedness of Earth’s ecosystems, provides an answer that’ll awe the grossologist in your family. During each rainy season, … Continue reading

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Did Homo naledi co-exist with our species?

The paleontologists who discovered a previously unknown line of human ancestors in South Africa say that they’ve found more fossils — and that the species, known as Homo naledi, could have lived alongside our own species 250,000 years ago. The newly … Continue reading

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China’s ivory ban marks big step for elephants

China’s pledge to shut down commercial trade in ivory within a year comes as welcome news to conservationists who have been fighting for years to save endangered elephants – including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The Chinese government’s announcement on Friday laid … Continue reading

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Check out a ‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse over Africa

An annular solar eclipse swept across Africa today, treating skywatchers to a “Ring of Fire” eclipse and whetting appetites for next August’s all-American total eclipse. The eclipse occurred in the middle of the night, Seattle time, but it was prime … Continue reading

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Elephant census confirms catastrophic decline

A first-of-its-kind census of African savanna elephants reveals that populations have declined by as much as 30 percent over the course of just seven years. The backer of the Great Elephant Census, Seattle software billionaire Paul Allen, said the findings … Continue reading

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