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 Swahili … » 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

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 the … » 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

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 thousands … » 8/14/12 7:20am 8/14/12 7:20am