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Leaders Debate Nairobi’s Course to Becoming a Smarter City

Fri, 2011-10-07 15:00 by Hans

IBM hosts roundtable discussion to address some of Nairobi’s biggest urban challenges

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NAIROBI, Kenya - 06 Oct 2011: Leaders from across public and private sector and civil society organizations came together in Nairobi today to discuss how advanced technologies can help the city to deal with some of the most pressing issues of urbanization – such as traffic congestion, parking, emergency response and the reliability of energy and water supplies.

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Wangari Muta Maathai, Nobel peace prize winner, dies at 71

Mon, 2011-09-26 16:04 by Hans
Wangari Maathai. Photo: REUTERS

Kenyan social activist and environmental crusader who founded the Green Belt Movement has died of cancer

Xan Rice in Nairobi
guardian.co.uk, Monday 26 September 2011

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Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel peace prize, died on Sunday night of cancer. She was 71.

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Want fatter cows? Bring in a zebra

Sat, 2011-09-24 14:22 by Hans
Dropping by. During rainy months in African savannas, zebra may benefit cattle by unearthing nutrient-rich grasses. Credit: Rob Pringle

by Daniel Strain on 22 September 2011, 2:01 PM

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Climb to the top of a hill along one of the few remaining undisturbed grasslands in East Africa, pull out the binoculars, and you may spy a black-and-white zebra herd. You may also see a few gazelles, buffaloes, and elephants. "Natural selection has favored that mix," says Johan du Toit, an ecologist at Utah State University in Logan. Natural selection, maybe, but not people. Convinced that other grass-chomping animals will drive their herds to starvation, ranchers in Kenya and elsewhere tend to keep their cattle separate from wildlife. But a new study suggests that thinking may be wrong. Wildlife, particularly zebras, can actually help a ranch thrive.

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The Masai Mara's dwindling wildlife

Thu, 2011-06-09 22:10 by Hans

New study reveals that wildlife numbers in Kenya's world famous Masai Mara game reserve are falling drastically

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Wild animal numbers in Kenya’s world famous Masai Mara game reserve have declined massively over the last 30-years according to a study published in the Journal of Zoology.

The new research shows that numbers of many wild animals have dropped by as much as 70%.

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Animal GPS tracking

Wed, 2011-05-04 06:56 by Hans

I wonder if any of the devices described below could be used for research purposes in Africa.

A BBC photo essay on using GPS to track hedgehogs in New Zealand:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9469000/9469456.stm

This paper (not on hedgehog tracking) identifies the equipment maker as Sirtrack:

http://www.nzes.org.nz/nzje/new_issues/NZJEcol35_1_114.pdf

The GPS tracker in Image 6 on the BBC site appears to be the Sirtrack G1G 132A or 134A:

http://www.sirtrack.com/documents/suites/microGPS_G1G_&_G1H_Suitesheet.pdf

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Photographing a wildebeest migration

Thu, 2011-03-17 21:02 by Hans
Wildebeest congregating at the shore of Mara River

Brothers Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas are Wildlife Photographers from the UK. They aim to use teamwork and ingenuity to take striking and original images of wild animals in their natural environments.

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As wildlife photographers, finding new ways to portray well-covered natural phenomena is often one of the biggest challenges we face. We recently visited the Serengeti in Tanzania for the annual wildebeest migration and coming up with a new way to portray this incredible event was our primary objective.

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Three distinct cheetah populations, but Iran's on the brink

Tue, 2011-01-25 17:55 by Hans

By EIizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, Science Fair

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The Earth's rapidly dwindling cheetah populations are more distinct than scientists had previously believed, a new genetic analysis of the cats finds.

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KWS raises park entry charges for foreign visitors

Fri, 2010-12-31 14:42 by Hans
Tourists had a busy day at the world-famous Lake Nakuru National Park, which is home to flamingoes. There are high expectations that Kenya will earn a record Sh100 billion from the tourism sector this year. Photo/JOSEPH KlHERl

BUSINESS DAILY
Corporate News
By WANGUI MAlNA
Posted Tuesday, December 28 2010

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Foreign visitors to Kenya’s game parks will from next week have dig deeper into their pockets following the gazettement of new fees.

Kenya Wildlife Service, the custodian of game parks, has introduced charges that will see the fees increase to $75 (Sh6,000) from $60 (Sh4,800) from January 1.

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African huts far from the grid glow with renewable power

Sat, 2010-12-25 18:17 by Hans
Thanks to this solar panel, Sara Ruto no longer takes a three-hour taxi ride to a town with electricity to recharge her cellphone.

The New York Times
BEYOND FOSSIL FUELS
By ELISABETH ROSENTAL

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Old Man, who aided humanity, dies at 32

Wed, 2010-12-22 14:10 by Hans
HELEN L. M0NT0YA, SAN ANT0NI0 EXPRESS-NEWS – Research on 0ld Man and other naked mole-rats like this one is yielding insights into age-related diseases.

Researchers sad at passing of the patriarch of naked mole rats

Houston & Texas News
Chron.com—Houston Chronicle
By RICHARD A. MARlNI
STAFF WRITER
Dec. 21, 2010, 8:28PM