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  • FMD: Bots donates vaccines to Zimbabwe

    September 8, 2017 3:03 AM 11

    THE government of Botswana says it has donated 473,200 doses of foot and mouth disease (FMD) vaccine to Zimbabwe to help contain the outbreak to stop it from spreading across the borders. Zimbabwe has reported persistent FMD outbreaks in the southern regions, notably parts of Zvishavane, Gweru, Mvuma and Matabeleland in the last few years. Last month

  • Botswana donates foot-and-mouth disease vaccines to Zim

    September 8, 2017 3:03 AM 4

    THE Botswana government has donated 473 200 doses of vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to help Zimbabwe contain the recent outbreak and ensure that the infectious disease does not spread into the neighbouring country, which is the region’s prime beef producer. The development came as Zimbabwe has reported persistent FMD outbreaks in the southern

  • Democracy By Sneeze: When Wild Dogs Must Decide, They Vote With Their Noses

    September 7, 2017 9:36 PM 3

    Look deeply into those soulful eyes ... but watch out for that nose. When it comes time to decide whether to leave, this African wild dog may be trying to say more to its pack with the latter. Humans the world over have devised varied ways to note the opinions of a group. Want to cast a vote? Take your pick between ballots, raised hands or inked fingers

  • African wild dogs vote with sneezes on important pack issues

    September 6, 2017 4:20 PM 3

    African wild dogs have excellent table manners. The puppies are allowed to eat first. Able-bodied dogs share meat with injured confederates. And packs of Lycaon pictus vote that it's time to go on a hunt by sneezing. Neil Jordan, a professor at the University of New South Wales who does fieldwork in Botswana, spent four years working with the dogs before

  • Democratic dogs sneeze for their supper

    September 6, 2017 7:39 AM 6

    An international team of researchers has uncovered an interesting technique packs of wild African dogs use to make collective decisions. Observing these creatures in the wild, the team found that they use their sneezes to vote on whether or not the pack should move off and start hunting its next target. The work stems from observations of African wild dogs taking

  • Swansea Uni study: African Wild dogs 'sneeze to vote'

    September 6, 2017 12:17 AM 11

    African wild dogs vote over pack decisions by sneezing, a new study has found. The joint research by academics from Swansea, Australia and the United States monitored endangered dogs at the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust. They found the dogs used sneezes to decide when to move off to hunt after making camp for greeting ceremonies called "social

  • These Dogs Vote by Sneezing

    September 5, 2017 11:41 PM 3

    The way African wild dogs seem to come to a consensus might make you say gesundheit. Democracy isn’t just for humans. New research suggests the sociable carnivores known as African wild dogs make consensus decisions too—by sneezing. The canine equivalent of “achoo!” seems to serve as a vote for some groups of the dogs, which live in countries such as Namibia

  • Can Baobabs provide insight on climate change?

    September 1, 2017 2:24 PM 10

    Recorded in the chemistry of the wood and the growth span of the tree is a history of climate patterns over the years. More baobabs – thousands of years old – have fallen in Pafuri, Mapungubwe and in Botswana since, and the baobab climate record has expanded. For the last three years, researchers from the University of Pretoria, Swansea University

  • People are urging donations for Harvey relief efforts — just not to the Red Cross

    August 28, 2017 5:37 PM 5

    As former president Barack Obama — as well as celebrities and local leaders — encourage donations to the American Red Cross, others on social media are telling donors to give elsewhere, criticizing the leading disaster-relief organization for its response to recent natural disasters, particularly the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. That sentiment has been shared

  • A New Drug Lowers Risk of Heart Attack and Cancer

    August 28, 2017 3:53 PM 8

    It turns out that cholesterol isn’t the only thing you have to worry about to keep your heart healthy. In recent years, doctors have started to focus on inflammation — the same process that makes cuts red and painful — as an important contributor to a heart attack. It’s the reason doctors recommend low-dose aspirin to prevent recurrent heart attacks