Re: What is the legacy of colonialism in Africa?

While it is essentially the responsibility of Africans to make things better, the tools to do so are not afforded them. Africa lacks the economic infrastructure, adequately funded social institutions and religious/ethnic tolerances to move forward.

Africa is handicapped by staggering debt, perpetrated by western banks and countries. Once you address the issue of debt there is the issue of ownership. As much as we in the west trumpet capitalism as the greatest of all economic concepts, it is based partially on a belief that the individual will act in the best interest of the society when called upon. However, capitalism fosters greed. So even if you remove the western corporate influences, you now will be left with those domestic elements that would desire to fill the vacuum.

Unraveling the mystery behind dogs' floppy ears

Dogs' floppy ears may be part of why they and other domesticated animals love humans so much.

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Surprising Science
  • Nearly all domestic animals share several key traits in addition to friendliness to humans, traits such as floppy ears, a spotted coat, a shorter snout, and so on.
  • Researchers have been puzzled as to why these traits keep showing up in disparate species, even when they aren't being bred for those qualities. This is known as "domestication syndrome."
  • Now, researchers are pointing to a group of a cells called neural crest cells as the key to understanding domestication syndrome.
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Russian reporters discover 101 'tortured' whales jammed in offshore pens

Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

Politics & Current Affairs
  • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
  • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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A dark matter hurricane is crashing into Earth

Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."

Surprising Science
  • A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
  • It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
  • Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
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