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Ancient Egyptians May Have Domesticated Native Cotton
2012-04-03 13:25:12

Scientists have studied 1,600 year old cotton from the banks of the Nile and have found what they believe to be evidence of early crop evolution. These findings are the first to find this kind of evolution in a major crop group, especially since plant domestication has a relatively short history. The findings offer an insight into how crop evolution works as a part of general agriculture. They might also help scientists and researchers better equip today´s crops as they face major...

Image 1 - Managing Our Water Resources From Space
2012-03-23 03:43:37

Today is World Water Day, and satellite observations are indispensible for monitoring our water resources. ESA´s TIGER initiative is supporting Africa in monitoring precious water assets by exploiting satellite information. The demand for water is growing inexorably. Access to water is vital — not only for drinking, but also for agriculture, energy and sanitation. In certain regions of the world, water scarcity is caused by population growth, climate conditions and increasing...


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Sir Samuel White Baker
2014-01-02 13:16:30

Sir Samuel White Baker, KCB, FRGS, FRS, born on June 8th of 1821 and died on December 30th of 1893, was a British explorer, naturalist, big game hunter, officer, engineer, writer, and abolitionist. He held the titles of Pasha and Major-General in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt as well. He served as the Governor-General of the Equatorial Nile Basin between April of 1869 and August of 1873, which he established as the Province of Equatoria. He is mainly remembered as the discoverer of Lake...

Nile Puffer, Tetraodon lineatus
2013-02-18 09:52:03

Image Credit: Earedien/Wikipedia The Nile puffer is also known as the fahaka pufferfish, globe fish, or lineatus puffer. It is a tropical freshwater puffer found in the river basins of Africa, mainly in the Nile and surrounding rivers. The fish will live in weed beds, and in any other vegetation-rich habitat. It can also be found in open water. If kept as a pet it is best to keep it solitary. The Nile puffer is territorial and aggressive toward other fish. Even young Nile puffer will...

Marbled Lungfish, Protopterus Aethiopicus
2012-12-25 12:06:57

The marbled lungfish is found mainly in the Nile river, in the northeastern continent of Africa. It also is found in such lakes as the Albert, Edward, Tanganyika, Victoria, Nabugabo, No and Kyoga, all centrally located in Africa at the southern end of the Nile. They live in the shallow areas of these lakes, streams, rivers, and swamps. During the dry season, many of the areas will dry up and when this occurs the marbled lungfish will bury themselves in the mud leaving just a small opening...

Nile Lechwe, Kobus megaceros
2012-09-10 17:01:29

The Nile lechwe (Kobus megaceros), a species of antelope, is also known as Mrs Gray's lechwe, the waterbuck, or the wasserbock. It can be found in Ethiopia and Sudan, where it prefers a habitat within grasslands, steppes, wetlands, coastal areas, or swamplands with water reaching a depth between 3.9 and 16 inches. Leopold Fitzinger first described this antelope in 1855. The Nile lechwe varies in size depending on sex, with males typically reaching a weight of up to 260 pounds and females...

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2012-06-19 04:35:28

Symbol: AGAF Group: Monocot Family: Liliaceae Synonyms:   AGUM Agapanthus umbellatus L'Her. Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class   Liliopsida – Monocotyledons Subclass   Liliidae Order   Liliales Family   Liliaceae –...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'