The plants’ flowers were so low to the ground that simply setting the camera traps was a challenge which involved either digging into the stony ground (“and trying not to accidentally kick a rock on to a hiker below”) or using the very steep terrain to aim the shot “up the plant’s skirt”, says Cozien. They were fairly convinced that the plants were being pollinated by nocturnal rodents, and initially set the cameras to only record at night. … [Read more...] about Is it a bird? Is it a bee? No, it’s a lizard pollinating South Africa’s ‘hidden flower’
... and pictures History in 100 words Monrovia was settled in 1822 by freed American slaves, who established Liberia as Africa’s first independent republic with help from a small group of US politicians and religious leaders. Over the next 150 years, these settlers recreated an upside-down version of the society they had left behind, with themselves as the masters and the local population as indentured labour. Until around 1926, the city was divided in two: Monrovia proper was home to the Americo-Liberians, as the settlers called themselves, while Kru Town, further out, was home to “native” Liberians. The Americo-Liberians continued to dominate capital’s political and economic life until 1980, when the last settler administration was overthrown in a coup. The entire cabinet was executed on on public television – a symbolic bloodletting that kicked off 25 years of violence. Today the divisions are less pronounced but the contrast between neighbourhoods … [Read more...] about Monrovia in the spotlight: can this fragile city ever really replace ‘Ma Ellen’?
Asia As India prepares its new vaccine strategy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned of potential side effects. The country plans to disribute the Oxford-AstraZenca vaccine early next year, with Modi cautioning the vaccine could cause side-effects similar to other medicines. He promised the government would be guided by science in finalizing its plans. India has the world's second-highest number of coronavirus infections after the United States. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: EU agrees vaccine deal with Moderna
Speaking on Lorraine, the 56-year-old said: "I can't imagine the agony for any couple for losing a child in this way. I totally agree with you - all thoughts with them today." … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle miscarriage: Duchess reveals she lost second baby in July causing her and Prince Harry ‘unbearable grief’
'On top of all of this, it seems we no longer agree on what is true. We aren’t just fighting over our opinions of facts; we are polarized over whether the fact is, in fact, a fact. We are at odds over whether science is real. We are at odds over whether an election has been won or lost. We are at odds over the value of compromise. … [Read more...] about ‘I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second’: Meghan Markle reveals miscarriage in article for New York Times and how she watched tearful Harry’s ‘heart break’