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Data-Collecting Planes Are Counting Africa's Elephants to Curb Poaching

Animals like tigers, lions, and elephants are majestic creatures we learn about when we’re kids. But unfortunately, many of those species share another trait—they live on the edge of extinction. One hundred African elephants are killed per day for ivory, but one mapping project is tracking these creatures in hopes of… » 7/06/15 9:45am 7/06/15 9:45am

X-ray photos reveal child being smuggled was hidden inside a suitcase 

This is crazy. An eight-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast was being smuggled into Spain while being hidden inside a suitcase. Apparently, the boy’s father had paid a 19-year-old girl to carry the boy in the luggage from Morocco to neighboring Ceuta, a Spanish city in Africa. This was a bad plan that could have ended… » 5/08/15 4:22pm 5/08/15 4:22pm

Facebook and Google Are Locking In African Customers With Freebie Deals

Facebook and Google have grand plans to bring the internet to developing nations, paying Lisa Rinna-sized lip service to altruistic visions of global connectivity. But let's always remember that these US tech giants are also gunning for new customers and the lucrative data that comes with them. » 3/24/15 8:55pm 3/24/15 8:55pm

Questions for the 90s: Should Robots Pay Taxes? Can Africa Be Saved?

The March-April 1986 issue of The Futurist magazine looked at the far off, futuristic decade of the 1990s. In an article titled "Issues for the 1990s," Edith Weiner and Arnold Brown examined what they saw as the emerging concerns of the world. Well, the world as seen from 1980s America. » 10/10/14 4:53pm 10/10/14 4:53pm

The Dirty Truth About Where Your Old Electronics Go

We all know we should recycle our electronics, but we don't really know what happens after we drop them off at the e-waste center. So filmmaker Alex Gorosh followed his old iPhones, all the way to Agbogbloshie, Ghana, the largest electronics dump in the world. It's a place so dirty and dangerous it's nicknamed "Sodom… » 9/02/14 2:49pm 9/02/14 2:49pm

​Africa's First Indigenous Aircraft Will Compete With Surveillance UAVs

While Africa's backyard space program has yet to get off the ground, the continent's first (arguably) homegrown aircraft has already taken flight. Throughout the continent, these ultralight two-seaters could soon fill the skies where long-range surveillance UAVs are too expensive to fly. » 8/19/14 11:40am 8/19/14 11:40am

Genetically-Modified Orange Bananas Are Ready for Human Testing

It's been nearly a decade in development, but a genetically modified breed of bananas that's designed to combat starvation will soon enter human testing. The bananas are rich in beta-carotene which turns into vitamin A in the body. For the children in Africa suffering from vitamin A deficiencies, this is a godsend.… » 6/16/14 3:20pm 6/16/14 3:20pm