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Fungi’s Many Life-Changing Uses While there are 144,000 discovered species of fungi on the planet, there could be many more—millions more, in fact. But finding fungi and sorting out whether or not they contain any useful chemical compounds comes down to chance. The serendipity, scientists argue, is what led to great discoveries like penicillin—so hope for similar-level finds persists. Recent tests may have uncovered compounds …

This 2.4-Million-Year-Old Discovery Alters Human History

The discovery of 2.4-million-year-old stone tools in north Africa have—yet again—altered the human origin story. “The evidence from Algeria has changed [our] earlier view regarding East Africa [as] being the cradle of humankind. Actually, the entire Africa was the cradle of humankind,” Mohamed Sahnouni, an archaeologist at Spain’s National Research Center for Human Evolution, says. Humanity’s distant cousin, the hominin, moved north through (and evolved and developed …

The Race for an African-Made Mobile Phone

With the hope of being the primary provider of high-speed and long-lasting mobile phones throughout Africa, telecom companies, governments and upstart entrepreneurs in various nations across the continent have announced their intention to bring an Africa-made phone to market. The motivations behind the race are two-fold: to compete with big, imported brands and to build out the technological interests of the general population. Also, by …