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The Beating Pulse of Food Security in Africa

Mpofu grows maize, legumes and different beans on her environmentally-friendly 10-hectare farm in Masvingo Province, about 290 kms southeast of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare. Despite a region-wide drought in Southern Africa, she harvested 150 kg of dried beans this year. Although the number was still far less than what she harvests in a good season, dried peas and beans have armed …

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Leid Stories – 02.08.16

For the Record: Reporting on Underreported Reports
The din of the presidential election seems to have drowned out several noteworthy reports. Leid Stories starts the week off discussing a few of them—including reports on U.S. employment and the income gap; hunger and food aid; human rights violations; a record number of exonerations due to false convictions; and new tactics cops and city governments are using to avoid paying judgments won against them.

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CAN LOTS OF VITAMIN D SHIELD PEOPLE FROM HIV?

High doses of vitamin D may be an effective way to for people to fight infections like HIV-1. “Vitamin D may be a simple, cost-effective intervention, particularly in resource-poor settings, to reduce HIV-1 risk and disease progression,” researchers write in a new study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For the study, researchers looked at two …

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Whales continue to die off in Pacific Ocean; scientists suspect Fukushima radiation at fault

Whales have been dropping like flies in the Gulf of Alaska. Approximately nine whale carcasses were sited in late May and early June. Now, fisherman have spotted five more decomposing whales, a fin whale and four humpbacks, to add to the death toll. The first two whale deaths reported in May sparked a flurry of attention from government agencies, including …