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Climate change threatens Africa

Climate change in Africa gave rise to modern humans. Now experts fear that global warming linked to carbon emissions will have its worst impact on

humanity's cradle. "Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change," said Jennifer Morgan, director of the Global Climate Change Programme at conservation group World Wildlife Fund.

Bird flu found in Japanese chicken

A type of bird flu virus has been detected at a chicken farm in eastern Japan where hundreds of fowl died earlier this year, a Japanese Farm Ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The virus that was detected was a "weak" form of bird flu, the spokesman said. Kyodo news agency said the strain identified was H5N2, which is less virulent to the H5N1 strain found in

previous avian flu outbreaks in Japan.

Rwanda names baby gorillas

Rwanda held a traditional naming ceremony for some of its rare mountain gorillas on Saturday in an effort to attract tourism and help to preserve one of the world's most endangered species. Only about 700 mountain gorillas are left in the world. About half live in the lush volcanic mountains straddling the borders of Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda -- an area riddled by war.

Machines mimic life in Chicago

Meet the robot lobster and the android that not only smiles, frowns and blinks but also recognizes people and talks back. They're two of the spookier entries at Wired magazine's annual NextFest, the high-tech carnival at a Chicago convention hall this weekend showcasing futuristic, sometimes uncannily lifelike technology.

NASA proceeds with shuttle plans

NASA is proceeding with plans to launch Discovery in July on the first shuttle mission since the Columbia accident after examining the risk that falling ice could damage the spacecraft, agency officials said on Friday. "I believe our concerns are put to bed and we're ready to go fly," said John Muratore, manager of the space-shuttle engineering and integration office.

Scientists search for probe

US and Russian scientists were looking at launch data on Cosmos 1, the world's first solar-powered spacecraft, keeping up hopes that they might find the missing probe. A submarine-fired Russian rocket that was supposed to lift Cosmos 1 into orbit is believed to have malfunctioned after blastoff, but the fate of the space probe itself was unknown.

South Korean stem-cell researcher honored

The South Korean government named cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-suk as the nation's ``top scientist,'' an honor that will grant him as much as 3 billion won (US$3 million) in annual funding for five years. Last month, Hwang and his colleagues at Seoul National University created the first embryonic stem cells that genetically match injured or sick patients -- a major step in the quest to grow replacement tissues to treat diseases. A year ago, Hwang's team created the world's first cloned human embryos.

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