COVID-19 vaccines may not work as well against South African variant, experts worry

A coronavirus variant identified in South Africa may not be as vulnerable to COVID-19 vaccines as other strains, some scientists say. Studies are now underway to find out if that’s actually the case. If the variant, known as 501.V2, is resistant to available vaccines, the shots could be tweaked to boost their effectiveness — adjustments […]

Ivory from a shipwreck reveals new details about African elephants

In 2008, miners off the coast of Namibia stumbled upon buried treasure: a sunken Portuguese ship known as the Bom Jesus, which went missing on its way to India in 1533. The trading ship bore a trove of gold and silver coins and other valuable materials. But to a team of archaeologists and biologists, the […]

African families in UK are ‘parenting in fear’

Black African families in the UK are parenting in fear of being penalized by authorities due to cultural differences and institutional racial misconceptions, according to new research published today in The British Journal of Social Work. Researchers carried out in-depth interviews and held focus groups with Nigerian parents living in and around London. Findings revealed […]

East African Rift System is slowly breaking away, with Madagascar splitting into pieces

IMAGE: Geosciences doctoral student Tahiry Rajaonarison sets up a GPS instrument in northern Madagascar in this 2016 photograph. Photo credit: Rina Andrianasolo. view more  Credit: Rina Andrianasolo The African continent is slowly separating into several large and small tectonic blocks along the diverging East African Rift System, continuing to Madagascar – the long island just off […]

East African Rift System is slowly breaking away, with Madagascar splitting into pieces

Geosciences doctoral student Tahiry Rajaonarison sets up a GPS instrument in northern Madagascar in this 2016 photograph. Photo credit: Rina Andrianasolo. Credit: Rina Andrianasolo The African continent is slowly separating into several large and small tectonic blocks along the diverging East African Rift System, continuing to Madagascar—the long island just off the coast of Southeast […]

Association between African American race, clinical outcomes in men treated for low-risk prostate cancer with active surveillance

What The Study Did: This observational study estimates the 10-year risk for disease progression, surgery, metastasis, and cause-specific and all-cause mortality among African American men with low-risk prostate cancer managed with active surveillance. ### Authors: Brent S. Rose, M.D., of the VHA San Diego Health Care System and the University of California San Diego School of […]