FEATURE: Southern Africa’s ancient inhabitants evicted from ancestral lands – Times LIVE

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The government says it wants to integrate the hunter-gatherers into modern society. At the resettlement camp for Bushmen at New Xade, west of Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the only bar fills up in the afternoon. Customers play cards in the yard. One of them tries to tune-in an old radio for music. Some people are already so drunk they can barely stand. Empty beer cans litter the sand. “Everyone drinks in New Xade,” barmaid Kgomotsego Lobelo said from behind the counter in the bare concrete room, with bottles ranged neatly on shelves. “Even I drink. There is nothing else to do.” More than 3,000 Bushmen – also known as the San or Basarwa –…

SA astronomers discover black hole system – Eyewitness News

Sending failed. It’s possible that the address you are trying to mail is unsubscribed from EWN mailers. SA astronomers discover black hole system Email Share Print Keep for later Keep for later FILE: A team of South African astronomers, led by Roger Daene has discovered a triple massive black hole system. Multimedia Previous line Next line one day ago Eyewitness News | CAPE TOWN – A team of South African astronomers has discovered a triple super massive black hole system. The research team, funded by the South African Square Kilometre Array, was led by Cape Town astronomer Roger Daene. He says many more black holes are expected to be discovered. “The way in which we…

Higgs boson is even MORE likely to actually be Higgs boson – boffins – Register

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation Boffins have found fresh support for the idea that the particle discovered in 2012 and lauded as the Higgs boson is, in fact, the Higgs boson. Researchers have discovered that the bosons decay into fermions, which are a group of particles that include ones like leptons and quarks. That’s a good thing because it’s exactly what the Standard Model of particle physics predicts the Higgs boson should do. “This is an enormous breakthrough,” said Markus Klute, an assistant professor of physics at MIT and leader of the international group of boffins. “Now we know that particles like electrons get their mass by coupling to the Higgs field, which is…

Gloomy picture for great whites – Independent Online

Related Stories Durban – A new study into South Africa’s great white sharks suggests there are now less than 600 of these fearsome predators left along the country’s southwest coastline. Presenting the results of a five-year study at the Sharks International conference in Durban last week, Italian-born marine biologist Sara Andreotti said there was an urgent need to protect this apex group of predators from further decline – even though South Africa became the first country in the world to pass laws, in 1991, to protect them legally and outlaw their killing. Andreotti said the study suggested there were now between 480 and 580 great whites left between Port Nolloth, near the Namibian border, and…

B-29 Superfortress Wreckage from Cold War Captured in Recent Photo – Flying Magazine

B-29 Superfortress Kee Bird Photo: NASA A recent photo captured by NASA’s P-3 Orion shows the remains of Kee Bird, a B-29 Superfortress that crash landed on a Greenland ice sheet in February 1947 during a Cold War spy mission gone awry. The new image was taken during a flight for Operation IceBridge, a program that records changes in the Earth’s ice over time. NASA researcher John Sonntag says Kee Bird’s resting place between Humboldt and Petermann Glaciers, two key study locations, makes it a common sight during scientific aerial missions in the area. Today the wreckage of Kee Bird lies partially submerged beneath snow and ice after an attempt to recover the airplane in…

Apollo lunar landing joystick fetches astronomical sum of $610k at auction – Tech Times

A joystick from the Apollo 15 million fetched more than $ 610,000 at an auction.(Photo : RR Auction) The joystick used to land the crew of Apollo 15 on the moon in 1971 has sold for $ 610,000 at an auction. This is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a piece of NASA memorabilia.  The sale took place during the 7th Space and Aviation Autograph and Artifact Auction, held in Massachusetts.  Commander David R. Scott operated the controller to guide the lunar module Falcon to a same landing on the surface of our planetary companion. The joystick was also the navigational control for the lander’s journey back from the lunar surface, to…

China Sets Heavier Punishments for Polluters – Wall Street Journal

By Brian Spegele BEIJING–China’s parliament on Thursday amended the country’s environmental-protection law for the first time in a quarter century, approving new requirements that provide greater leeway for nongovernmental activist groups and require harsher punishments for heavy polluters. Passage of the amendments closes the curtain on what has been an unusually vigorous debate among policy makers, academics and activists that has dragged on for two years. Participants said the amendments enshrined in law the promises made last year during a high-profile gathering of top Communist Party leaders. The amendments set the stage for new regulations that are expected to require greater protection of China’s air, water and soil. The law will take effect Jan. 1,…

Earth’s greatest extinction may have been caused by a microbe – Geek

Science! By Graham Templeton Apr. 3, 2014 8:30 am There are  a lot of ways for the world to end. It can go up in a ball of flame, as happened to the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. It can get buried under snow and ice in a great downward trend in global climate. It can get burned away by a gamma ray burst from a distant super-nova. New research from MIT, however, says that the greatest (or worst) extinction event in the history of life on Earth may have been caused by a germ — a bacterial invasion. It may not have killed in quite the way you assume, however. Historically, volcanoes have…

No Monkeying Around for These Partners – New York Times

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