Friday Links

  • What’s the best way to save the rhino? Gregory Warner of NPR offers three options: a) legalize the sale of horns; b) publically burn the horns (a la Kenya’s burning of elephant tusks in the 1980s); or c) poison the horns so they can’t be used in East Asian remedies?
  • The malaria parasite, plasmodium falciparum, appears to somehow cause mosquitoes to be more attracted to the scent of humans. Add it to the list of parasites that can fundamentally alter the behavior of their hosts (see: toxoplasm gondii)
  • “If Africa is so resource-rich, why are its people not better educated, its children well-nourished, and its adults longer-lived?” Nice analysis in The Economist’s Baobab blog o the African Progress Report. There are the usual answers – war, resource curse, etc. – but also that the African countries aren’t selling high enough

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