Scientists' success in producing synthetic vanilla flavouring means it is used 99% of the time. So why does the price of genuine beans keep rising?
Mauritius beachfront view with volcanic mountains. The basaltic lavas constituting these mountains formed no older than 9 million years ago.
Prof. Susan J. Webb, University of the Witwatersrand
Researchers have found a small piece of a "lost continent" buried underneath the lava on Mauritius.
Some of the destruction in Inhambane, Mozambique after tropical storm Dineo made landfall.
In southern Africa there's been a southward shift in the occurrence of tropical cyclones in the region. This is due to sea temperatures increasing as a result of global warming.
Very few African universities offer postgraduate degrees in astronomy. This gap in knowledge and training can be addressed through international partnerships and collaboration.
The island's latest mining boom threatens a critically endangered lemur – and puts human lives at risk.
The charred interior of the Gabon’s parliament after it was burned in post-election protests in Libreville.
National electoral commissions are crucial in shaping public perceptions of how well democracy is working. Poor electoral management can enable fraud and produce political alienation.
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame is seen as having promoted economic growth at the expense of human rights.
To improve, African countries need to find a balance between political and economic matters. This is where leadership becomes particularly important. But this is currently lacking on the continent.
Hair speaks of the past, and of cultural heritage.
Hair has long been modified for aesthetic and other ends. But skewed power structures have meant that women, particularly women of colour, have borne the brunt of stereotyping and prejudice.
Coquerel’s sifaka is one of 23 lemur species now known to use mangroves.
Mangrove forests aren't very hospitable habitats, but these lemurs don't mind.
Lemurs are some of the world’s most threatened animals.
More than 90% of Madagascar's lemurs face extinction. Losing them will mean a loss of the valuable function they serve to the forests in which they live.
Climate change and overfishing have destroyed livelihoods, so many locals have been forced into the forest.
People throughout Africa can play a part in the work of the Square Kilometre Array even if they are not scientists.
Citizen science will ensure that the skies have no limit when it comes to research, as ordinary people are encouraged to take part in simple acts of exploration.
Lemurs in danger… can international climate policy come to the rescue?
Conservation won't be successful unless we work with people living at the forest edge.
Madagascan dogs are of east African origin – not Austronesian.
Despite being initially colonised by Austronesian people, dogs from the island of Madagascar hail from Africa – unlike the humans.
Captain Kidd in New York Harbor, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1920.
Treasure belonging to the notorious pirate Captain Kidd has been found in Madagascar.
A Madagascan bright-eyed frog (Boophis rappiodes), one of more than 400 species on the island.
The chytrid fungal disease that has ravaged amphibians worldwide has reached Madagascar. But it's possible this could be a blessing in disguise.
Mining in Madagascar – but do the miners give enough back?
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“Biodiversity offsetting” – protecting animals and plants in one area to make up for negative impacts in another – is increasingly used by companies such as mining firms, as a way to boost their corporate…
Save us from bush meat.
Tambako The Jaguar
Contrary to the film of DreamWorks’ imagining, Madagascar is not ruled by King Julien and his colony of lemurs. In fact the status of the lemurs on the island – the only place on earth that they exist…
Without the blue eyes of its charismatic cousin, who will fight to save the sportive lemur?
While not the brightest of primates, one species of lemur has shown it can still learn a trick or two, staying safe from…