Rotting-fruit art points up plants in peril
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Rotting-fruit art points up plants in peril

A number of the world’s most nutritionally and economically important crops are currently under siege by fungi, bacteria, and pests. Various species of Puccinia are attacking wheat; Fusarium oxysporum has it out for bananas; coffee is succumbing to Hemileia vastatrix and potatoes to Phytophthora infestans, and there are many others. Plant diseases limit food supplies,…

This is the future of safaris in Africa
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This is the future of safaris in Africa

From emerging wildlife havens to women-led expeditions, safaris in Africa are no longer about hunting big game or having a camera-toting adventure led by male guides. The future of African safaris has arrived. “Community conservancies like Naboisho in Kenya were an important turning point,” says Judy Kepher-Gona, one of Africa’s top ecotourism experts. “Local villagers…

See surprisingly stunning views from an airplane window seat
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See surprisingly stunning views from an airplane window seat

Twinkling skylines, endless deserts, vast oceans: The coveted window seat sometimes provides mesmerizing in-flight entertainment. Photographer Julieanne Kost discovered this when she challenged herself to overcome her fear of flying via window-seat photography. Instead of looking out at 30,000 feet of empty air, she focused on the immense scrolling landscape below her. “As long as…

Africa’s women mean business
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Africa’s women mean business

There’s a lot of space in Namibia. The name “Namib″ actually means “vast space.″ It’s somewhere that having a car is a benefit and, just as much so, a mechanic you can trust. Sunny-Girl Hauwanga grew up around cars, and has worked hard to make them her livelihood. At Mina Auto Repair in Otjiwarongo, Namibia,…

The story of the world’s loneliest tree
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The story of the world’s loneliest tree

After seven decades of cuttings, failures, plant enzymes, a little coaxing, and a Māori blessing, one of the world’s rarest trees—which lives on a tiny island 40 miles off the northern edge of New Zealand—might lose its title. And that’s a good thing. A team of scientists and Ngāti Kuri, the regional Māori tribe, recently…