The fashion designer taking his Xhosa heritage global

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It is not every day that a designer showcasing at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Johannesburg for the very first time gets a standing ovation. But that is exactly what happened to Laduma Ngxokolo, a young man from the Xhosa ethnic group, whose colourful range of knitwear had lit up the catwalk.

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Cat Saves Owner’s Life By Knocking On Neighbor’s Window

Dogs usually are the pets that make headlines for saving the lives of their owners, but in this case, the hero was an English black cat named Slinky Malinki.

Broody octopus keeps record-breaking four-year vigil

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For four years and five months, she clung to the rock and guarded her eggs. In a feat that surely made good use of all eight arms, an octopus revealed a new secret of deep sea life when ecologists observed her record-breaking behaviour from a robotic submarine. This doubles the longest brooding time ever seen in the animal kingdom, giving embryos time to develop in the cold.

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How This U.S. Bank is Helping Lead the Way for Renewable Energy

Since it was chartered by Congress in 1934, the Export-Import Bank of the United States has partnered with the private sector to boost U.S. exports in key industries, including clean energy. … n fiscal 2011 and 2012, Ex-Im provided $1.3 billion in support for renewable energy projects, helping to complete new financing arrangements in emerging markets including Brazil, India and Mexico. Since 2010, Ex-Im has financed more than $760 million in renewable energy projects in India alone, among them the purchase of solar systems from AREVA Solar Inc. in California.

New Bridge Could Help Mountain Lions Cross Dangerous Highway

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Conservationists have been pointing to a major obstacle for them, which is the Ventura (101) Freeway. … officials from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced that the agency will be seeking $2 million in grant funding to build a bridge over the freeway to help mountain lions cross safely and find new habitat. Supporters also hope that other species will also benefit from its construction, which will help maintain biodiversity in the area, in addition to the hope that it will roads safer for drivers.

Mars Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving, and is not far from completing the first extraterrestrial marathon. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover. “Opportunity has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world,” said Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. “This is so remarkable considering Opportunity was intended to drive about one kilometer and was never designed for distance.”

 

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