Bloomberg News asked foreign policy analysts, military experts and economists to identify the possible worst-case scenarios in 2015. Potential future crises include armed conflict in the South China Sea, the collapse of Nigeria and political upheaval in Saudi Arabia prompted by the death of 90-year-old King Abdullah. » 12/18/14 6:20am 12/18/14 6:20am

A Stunning Alt-History Map Showing A Completely Uncolonized Africa

A map created by Swedish artist Nikolaj Cyon shows what Africa would have looked like had it not been colonized by Europeans. Shown upside down to skew the Eurocentric bias, it was compiled using historical, linguistic, and ethnographic data. » 11/13/14 12:20pm 11/13/14 12:20pm

Google Hiked Through Tanzania To Show You Where The Chimps Live

Earlier this month, we brought you panoramic views of the Liwa Desert near Abu Dhabi, thanks to a Google Street View camera mounted on the back of a camel. Today we're taking you deep into the forests of Tanzania, where Google has brought you images of Gombe National Park, home of Jane Goodall's chimpanzees. » 10/27/14 5:04pm 10/27/14 5:04pm

How Nigeria Stopped Ebola "Dead In Its Tracks"

Finally, some good news to report on the Ebola front: Nigeria and Senegal are now completely free of the disease. Here's how they contained the outbreak — and why the world needs to take notice. » 10/20/14 11:00am 10/20/14 11:00am

Epidemics Are Not Natural

Now that Ebola is ravaging parts of West Africa, a nasty meme is once again rearing its ugly head — the suggestion that epidemics are "nature's way" of dealing with overpopulation. But it's an assertion that's as false as it is dangerous. Here's why. » 9/30/14 8:00am 9/30/14 8:00am

Watch This Leopard Dive Bomb An Impala From An Impossible Height

Leopards often pounce on their unsuspecting prey from trees. But as a group of tourists visiting Botswana recently found out, these brazen felines are capable of launching their attacks from remarkable heights. Either that, or this leopard is completely nuts. » 9/26/14 10:20am 9/26/14 10:20am

The Most Astonishing Space-Age Buildings in Africa

Throughout the world, the Space Age was known for its beautiful, bold architecture, full of swooshy curves and spaceship-shaped buildings. But some of the most vibrant and retro-futuristic buildings of the Space Age can be found in Africa. Here are the most amazing architectural achievements from Space-Age Africa. » 3/18/14 3:10pm 3/18/14 3:10pm

A lost city reveals the grandeur of medieval African civilization

Some of the world's greatest cities during the Middle Ages were on the eastern coast of Africa. Their ornate stone domes and soaring walls, made with ocean corals and painted a brilliant white, were wonders to the traders that visited them from Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. They were the superpowers of the… » 2/20/14 5:52pm 2/20/14 5:52pm

The world's most isolated tree was knocked over by a drunk driver

A lone acacia, known as the Tree of Ténéré, once stood defiantly in northeast Niger. For ages it lived companionless in the vast Sahara desert, the only tree for over 250 miles, until one day, some idiot came along and rammed it with a truck, snapping it in half. » 10/23/13 6:40am 10/23/13 6:40am

Kenyan officials will use microchip implants to prevent rhino poaching

Poaching could be the greatest threat facing Africa's dwindling rhinoceros populations. Wildlife officials, for their part, are fighting back – often in unconventional ways. Their latest tactic? Microchip implants. » 10/22/13 9:30am 10/22/13 9:30am

Three mighty rivers once flowed through the Sahara

The world's most famous desert isn't always quite so dry as it is now—thanks to the Earth shifting on its axis, the Sahara's climate gets gradually greener over tens of thousands of years. But you'd have to go back a long ways to find real, perennial rivers flowing through the Sahara outside of the Nile. But 100,000… » 9/15/13 11:00am 9/15/13 11:00am

Springboks are the champions of silly jumps

If you've seen BBC's documentary series Africa, you've probably seen the gravity-defying "pronking" of the springbok. But there's nothing quite like these crazily jumping antelope to bring a smile to your Sunday. » 5/26/13 10:30am 5/26/13 10:30am

Sorry, but elephants really want nothing to do with us

Elephants have apparently realized there's only one predator they really need to worry about, and that would be us humans. Despite the lack of fences marking the boundaries of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, elephants overwhelmingly stay on the safe side. » 2/10/13 8:30am 2/10/13 8:30am

Watch this squirrel deliver the greatest "oh sh*t" face in the history…

David Attenborough narrates as a leopard blows its cover, and a squirrel delivers one of the animal kingdom's greatest "oh shit" faces since dramatic chipmunk. » 1/24/13 8:45am 1/24/13 8:45am

Watch the insane neck fighting in this vicious giraffe duel

Giraffe fight! Discovery caught a rare instance of these usually gentle creatures duking it out for territory on camera. Once we get past the Spaghetti Western music, these two start whipping their heads at each other in a truly wild martial arts battle. » 12/30/12 12:30pm 12/30/12 12:30pm

Meet Kelvin Doe, the self-taught engineering whiz who creates gadgets…

Kelvin Doe is an engineer and inventor from Sierra Leone, and his story is remarkable. One of the most incredible things about inspiration and innovation is that they can spring from anywhere. Kelvin's drive to teach himself electronics by reverse-engineering radios, generators and other devices from what 99.9% of… » 11/21/12 4:00pm 11/21/12 4:00pm

Oh, this? Just some teenage girls from Africa who invented a…

How's this for an innovative startup: four African girls — the eldest of which is just fifteen years old — have worked together to invent a generator that's powered by urine. The group presented their creation at this year's Maker Faire Africa, and it's so freaking brilliant it makes me want travel back in time and… » 11/08/12 5:20pm 11/08/12 5:20pm

Is this the oldest d20 on Earth?

Romans may have used 20-Sided die almost two millennia before D&D, but people in ancient Egypt were casting icosahedra even earlier. Pictured above is a twenty-faced die dating from somewhere between 304 and 30 B.C., a timespan also known as Egypt's Ptolemaic Period. » 11/06/12 1:40pm 11/06/12 1:40pm

Ancient humans may not have interbred with Neanderthals, after all

If you hail from outside of Africa, there's a decent chance that you share as much as 4% of your DNA with a long-extinct lineage of Neanderthals. Many scientists agree that this small percentage of shared genetic information is evidence that humans and Neanderthals interbred with one another in Europe tens of… » 8/14/12 7:20am 8/14/12 7:20am

Does the African genome hold the secrets of a previously unknown…

Researchers have just finished performing the most comprehensive genetic analysis of modern day Africans ever. And they've turned up some absolutely incredible results. » 7/26/12 11:22am 7/26/12 11:22am