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Africa:Science in Africa - Homegrown Solutions and Talent Must Come First
[The Conversation Africa] It's been a recurring refrain: Africa still lags woefully behind the rest of the world in generating new scientific knowledge.
05/24/2018 03:22 PM
South Africa:What It's Like Curating Ancient Fossils - a Palaeontologist Shares Her Story
[The Conversation Africa] Not many people can say their working days involve living in the past - but as a museum curator, that's a big part of what I do.
05/21/2018 07:50 AM
South Africa:Where Hominid Brains Are Concerned, Size Doesn't Matter
[Wits University] Johannesburg -The recently-discovered species Homo naledi may have had a pint-sized brain, but that brain packed a big punch.
05/18/2018 03:19 PM
East Africa:Hope for Northern White Rhino As Surrogate Southern Conceives
[East African] A southern white rhino has conceived through artificial insemination, increasing hopes of saving the northern white rhino subspecies.
05/19/2018 03:20 PM
Africa:Why Nuclear Power for African Countries Doesn't Make Sense
[The Conversation Africa] Over the last few years reports have surfaced of a range of African countries planning nuclear power plants.
05/18/2018 11:34 AM
Ghana:One Percent of GDP for Science and Technology Research - -Minister
[Ghana Govt.] The government will be spending one percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on science and technology research, Professor Frimpong Boateng, Minister for the Environment, Science and Technology and Innovation, has disclosed.
05/17/2018 01:33 PM
Zambia:Rosatom, Zambia to Construct Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology
[CIO] State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and the Republic of Zambia signed a general contract for the construction of a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST).
05/16/2018 10:16 AM
Uganda:Museveni Receives Delegation of Cuban Scientists
[Monitor] Entebbe -President Museveni yesterday received a team of Cuban scientists who are on a 10-day working visit to Uganda.
05/16/2018 07:36 AM
West Africa:West Africa Taps Solar Energy Potential
[VOA] In South Africa, workers will soon begin construction of a new 100 megawatt solar power plant near the town of Pofadder. In Morocco, expansion of a giant solar power plant near the city of Ourzazate will soon increase its capacity to 580 megawatts. Solar energy has been slower to arrive in West Africa, but growth is underway.
05/15/2018 10:44 AM
South Africa:Human Ancestor Had 'Remarkably Complex' Brain
[Daily Maverick] Homo naledi only had a brain the size of an orange, but scientists now believe its brain punched way above its weight, enabling it to perform a number of human-like behaviours.
05/15/2018 09:36 AM
Kenya:Satellite Launch Misplaced Priority, Wasteful Venture
[Nation] The successful launch on Friday of the First Kenya University Nano Satellite -- Precursor Flight (1KUNS-PF) -- with the potential of conducting commercial Space missions that previously required large satellites is a technological milestone worth noting.
05/15/2018 06:56 AM
Kenya:General Electric Promotes STEM Initiative in Kenya to Attract Girls
[The Exchange] Nairobi -Following UNESCO recently revelation that only 28 percent of women globally are currently working in science and technology related fields, General Electric (GE) and Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) have launched a collaboration with Kids Comp Camp in Kenya to increase girls' participation and uptake of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
05/14/2018 07:31 AM
Nigeria:Pathologists/Lab Scientists' Rivalry - Nigerians Pay With Their Lives!
[Vanguard] Nigeria has continued to battle misdiagnosis occasioned by poor state of medical laboratories. The problem has not only caused poor healthcare delivery across the nation but also deaths. Meanwhile, medical tourism takes its toll on the system and billions of Naira lost in the process.
05/13/2018 07:44 AM
Uganda:Private Lab Tests in Uganda Are Costly. but Price Doesn't Equal Quality
[The Conversation Africa] Laboratory tests are the backbone of clinical care. They are used to screen patients, to diagnose diseases and to manage conditions ranging from anaemia and diabetes to HIV and malaria.
05/11/2018 11:31 AM
Kenya:Kenya Readies to Send Nano Satellite Precursor to Space
[Nation] Kenya will today launch its first satellite made by University of Nairobi scientists.
05/11/2018 06:44 AM
South Africa:Scientists Call for Athletics Federation to Release Performance Data of Testosterone Study
[Daily Maverick] Scientists are asking questions about the data the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) used to implement its new testosterone policy - specifically at how some members arrived at their conclusions.
05/11/2018 01:55 PM
Angola:Red List of Flora, Fauna Species Under Analysis
[ANGOP] Luanda -A Red List of national fauna and flora species threatened of extinction is being analysed since Wednesday, in Luanda, by scientific research and higher education institutions.
05/10/2018 01:34 PM
Zimbabwe:Low Awareness Restrains Growth of Solar Technologies
[IPS] Rusape -Every year, Amos Chandiringa, 43, a farmer in Nemaire village in Makoni district in northeastern Zimbabwe, laboriously waters his tobacco nursery with a watering can. The toil of the job often leaves him without the energy or time to do other household chores.
05/08/2018 12:41 PM
Namibia:Geingob Wishes Namibian At Nasa Well
[Namibian] PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has wished the Namibian director of the Solar System Exploration at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Japie van Zyl and the Nasa team success with the InSight Mission.
05/07/2018 11:34 AM
Liberia:Marion Subah Underscores Importance of Lab in Medical Field
[Observer] Mrs. Marion Subah, Chief of Party (CoP) of Maternal and Child Survival Program/Human Resources for Health (MCSP/HRH), on Tuesday underscored the importance of doing laboratory tests before a nurse or a doctor can prescribe the necessary medication for a patient.
05/03/2018 01:17 PM
Rwanda:New Science, Technology Policy to Spur Investments
[New Times] Discussions on the development of a regional science, technology and innovation policy for East African Community (EAC) kicked off in Kigali on Thursday, with stakeholders pushing for faster consultations to have the policy in place.
04/28/2018 10:54 AM
Kenya:Mombasa Women Seek to Close Gender Gap in Science
[Nation] Contrary to the traditional belief that technical courses are meant for men, women are slowly getting attracted to the scientific field.
04/27/2018 08:35 AM
South Africa:DNA Samples Link Alleged Serial Rapist to 15 Cases
[News24Wire] The Limpopo High Court has heard how DNA samples collected from alleged victims of a serial rapist helped to prosecute the man who is accused of conducting a reign of terror on women for almost four years.
04/26/2018 06:36 AM
Africa:Fossil Teeth Reveal New Facts About a Mass Extinction 260 Million Years Ago
[The Conversation Africa] Around 260 million years, the earth was dominated by mammal like reptiles called therapsids. The largest of these therapsids were the dinocephalians, a genus composed of several herbivorous and carnivorous species.
04/26/2018 01:17 PM
Africa:Nigcomsat, Turksat to Deploy Satellite Solutions in Africa
[Daily Trust] The Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd and the Turkish Satellite Company (TURKSAT) have collaborated to ensure the deployment of satellite solutions across Africa.
04/26/2018 10:54 AM
Africa:How Scientists Listening to the Earth Can Unlock Africa's Many Riches
[The Conversation Africa] Africa was once at the centre of the world - literally. It was the landmass at the centre of Pangaea, a super continent that broke up into smaller plates about 200 million years ago.
04/25/2018 08:47 AM
Africa:Scientists Design a Novel Formula That Repels and Kills Mosquitoes
[The Conversation Africa] Long-lasting insecticide treated nets and indoor spraying are the main malaria vector control interventions recommended by the World Health Organisation. Both target mosquitoes that feed indoors.
04/25/2018 08:22 AM
Africa:Zambian Malaria Expert Honoured on World's Greatest Leaders List
[allAfrica] Cape Town -An African scientist on the cutting edge of research into drugs which have the potential to both protect and cure people from malaria in a single dose has been named as one of "the world's 50 greatest leaders" by Fortune, the American business magazine.
04/24/2018 02:36 PM
Kenya:Four Kenyan Organisations in the Finals of Global Hardware Competition
[Capital FM] Nairobi -Four organisations based in Kenya have been shortlisted for the regional finals of the 2018 American Society of Mechanical Engineering showcase competition.
04/25/2018 05:29 AM
Africa:Plant-Killing Pests and Diseases Have an Ally in Climate Change - Experts
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rome -In the United States, it is a wood-borer beetle that arrived in packaging and which has indirectly caused an estimated 21,000 premature human deaths. In South Korea, it is a worm that forced the government to cut down 10 million pine trees.
04/23/2018 08:50 AM