How Tanzania’s Udzungwa Mountains influenced recreation of butterfly forest by an Italian museum

How Tanzania’s Udzungwa Mountains influenced recreation of butterfly forest by an Italian museum

With at least 2,500 plant species, more than 120 mammals, and thousands of invertebrate species, Udzungwa Mountains is rich in biological diversity. It’s part of the Eastern Arc Mountains of Kenya and Tanzania that are a proposed UNESCO Heritage site. It has more than 40 endemic species of butterflies.
MUSE’s work here is vital because of this variety, said Sevgan Subramanian, principal scientist and head of environmental health at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi.

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After space missions on Mars and Moon, NASA plans to land on Uranus in 10 years and wants EPA on board

After space missions on Mars and Moon, NASA plans to land on Uranus in 10 years and wants EPA on board

The mission has been under discussion for some time, and it will be exciting to see it begin to take shape. But, to make sure it is successful and happens as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, we would like to see others involved in its design, too. As a first step, we call for the European Space Agency (ESA) to join the project by, for example, building the entry probe, a possibility that was foreseen in the decadal report and has been assessed by ESA but has not yet been agreed.

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Cancer: Why hospitals in Africa are learning to  ‘put life into your days, not days into your life’

Cancer: Why hospitals in Africa are learning to ‘put life into your days, not days into your life’

Kenya has a national policy that compels nearly all public hospitals to have palliative care units, and the government’s National Health Insurance Fund covers hospital-based treatment. That could soon be extended to home-based care, picking up some of the associated costs like gloves and syringes.

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How River Nile migrated eastward: Long-lost branch of the Nile finally located near Egypt’s Giza pyramids

How River Nile migrated eastward: Long-lost branch of the Nile finally located near Egypt’s Giza pyramids

River Nile is prone to migrating, and in the past, populations have had to relocate to keep up. Over the past few hundred years, the Nile has moved several kilometres to the east, possibly owing to shifting plate tectonics.

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How Mali’s historic city and world’s oldest mud-brick Grand Mosque of Djenné are starved of tourists

How Mali’s historic city and world’s oldest mud-brick Grand Mosque of Djenné are starved of tourists

The Grand Mosque, built in 1907 on the site of an older mosque dating back to the 13th century, is re-plastered every year by local residents in a ritual that brings together the entire city. The towering, earth-coloured structure requires a new layer of mud before the rainy season starts or it would fall into disrepair.

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Rising number of African gay migrants seek asylum in Europe to escape stiff penalties at home

Rising number of African gay migrants seek asylum in Europe to escape stiff penalties at home

No comprehensive data exists about how many migrants seek or win asylum in the EU on LGBTQ+ grounds. Based on estimates reported by NGOs working with would-be refugees, the numbers in individual EU countries ranged from two to three in Poland in 2016 to 500 in Finland from 2015-2017 and 80 in Italy from 2012-2017, according to a 2017 report by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

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Crime in grime: To get children hooked to junk, food giants ‘turn their tongues against their brains’

Crime in grime: To get children hooked to junk, food giants ‘turn their tongues against their brains’

Recently, a Goldman Sachs study estimated that by 2028 up to 70 million Americans will be taking the new weight-loss drugs, whose longer-term effects are yet to be known. Their apparent present success in suppressing extra food intake is already worrying the fast-food chains like McDonald’s that thrive on selling huge cheeseburgers.

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How a patient in rural Ugandan village known to be a hot spot for sickle cell disease gives hope to others

How a patient in rural Ugandan village known to be a hot spot for sickle cell disease gives hope to others

Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited disorders in which red blood cells – normally round – become hard, sticky and crescent shaped. The misshapen cells clog the flow of blood, which can lead to infections, excruciating pain, organ damage and other complications.

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Rigidly controlled gun ownership in UK gives rise to ‘knife-enabled’ attacks, stoke public anxiety

Rigidly controlled gun ownership in UK gives rise to ‘knife-enabled’ attacks, stoke public anxiety

“Knife-enabled” crime – in which knives were used to commit crimes or someone was caught illegally possessing one — rose seven per cent in England and Wales last year,” the government said last month, noting some localities were not included. In London, such crimes jumped 20 per cent. The other two UK countries, Scotland and Northern Ireland, keep their own statistics.

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Swept away by floods and brutalised by cruel civil service bureaucrats, poor Kenyans feel harsh impact of weather swings

Swept away by floods and brutalised by cruel civil service bureaucrats, poor Kenyans feel harsh impact of weather swings

In order to save lives in the future, the government last week ordered evacuations and the demolition of structures and buildings that had been built illegally within 30 metres of river banks. Officials say at least 181,000 people have been moved since last week and that measures have been taken to provide temporary shelter, food and other essentials.

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