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South Africa:Citizen Science - How Ordinary People Can Guard Cape Town's Biodiversity
[The Conversation Africa] Right now, you might be harbouring a killer: one so small it's hidden in the sole of your hiking shoes. These tiny murderers won't harm you in the short term, but they can be deadly for the plants that are crucial to food security and biodiversity conservation.
11/20/2017 02:57 PM
South Africa:Young Trailblazer Teaches Physics in Carnarvon
[] When Itumeleng Molefi decided to take a gap year after completing his Honours in Physics in 2013, he did not think he would find himself making a meaningful contribution in the small Karoo town of Carnarvon.
11/20/2017 01:40 PM
Africa:Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being 'Nuclearised'
[IPS] Rome -It might sound strange, very strange, but the news is that scientists and experts have been assuring, over and again, that using nuclear applications in agriculture -and thus in food production - are giving a major boost to food security. So how does this work?
11/20/2017 10:23 AM
Africa:Climate Goal in Peril As Science Points to 3 Degree Warming
[SciDev.Net] Bonn -As developing countries push the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, scientists and leaders at the UN-led climate talks underway in Germany say the world will fail to meet the key goal of limiting global average temperature rise to well under two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
11/17/2017 07:52 AM
South Africa:Cabinet Welcomes SKA Achievements
[] Cabinet has welcomed the economic spin-offs resulting from the focused investment in social development in the region of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
11/16/2017 01:45 PM
Africa:Goat Gives Birth to 'Human' Kids... for Real?
[Africa Check] A photo of "human" kids delivered by a goat in Nigeria's Yobe state went viral on social media recently. In June 2017, a similar incident was reported in South Africa's Eastern Cape province where a sheep supposedly gave birth to "human babies".
11/16/2017 12:31 PM
Ethiopia:STEM to Accelerate Nation's Renaissance
[Ethiopian Herald] The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) stream is showing remarkable progress in the first and second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-I and GTP-II) in the Ethiopian context.
11/15/2017 02:21 PM
Africa:Is SA 'Among the Top Six in the World' for Nuclear Medicine Ingredients?
[Africa Check] South Africa's third energy minister for 2017 has high praise for the country's nuclear capabilities. Here's what we know about South Africa's contribution to nuclear medicine.
11/15/2017 01:07 PM
Africa:Science's Credibility Crisis - Why It Will Get Worse Before It Can Get Better
[The Conversation Africa] Science's credibility crisis is making headlines once more thanks to a paper from John P. A. Ioannidis and co-authors. Ioannidis, an expert in statistics, medicine and health policy at Stanford University, has done more than anyone else to ring the alarm bells on science's quality control problems: scientific results are published which other researchers cannot reproduce.
11/14/2017 02:01 PM
Mauritius:Board of Investment Organises Workshop On Marine Biotechnology
[Government of Mauritius] A one-day workshop focusing on the concrete actions that can expedite, harness and commercialise the country's marine resources via strategic partnership, focused capacity building and contract based agreements to reduce regulatory and intellectual property gaps, opened yesterday at Le Meridien Hotel in Pointe aux Piments in the presence of the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, and Shipping, Mr Premdut Koonjoo and other personalities,
11/15/2017 06:55 AM
South Africa:How Barcoding Is Helping South Africa Track Its Precious Pollinators
[The Conversation Africa] Pollinators are the unsung heroes of food production. Almost one third of the food eaten comes from animal pollination. Animal pollinated foods also contain nutrients and minerals essential to human diets and they maintain natural areas by pollinating wild plants.
11/13/2017 10:46 AM
Mauritius:Honorary Fellowship of Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology Conferred to PM
[Government of Mauritius] The Honorary Fellowship of the Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) was conferred to the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, during the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the MAST last week in RĂ©duit, in presence of eminent personalities.
11/14/2017 09:30 AM
Nigeria:10 Nigerian Women Pulling Their Weights in the Sciences
[Leadership] We live in a world that celebrates patriarchies and naturally places women under men, seeing men always as superior to women.
11/11/2017 10:09 AM
South Africa:Plan to Drill for Fossil Fuels Off KZN Coast
[GroundUp] Vast amounts of fossil fuel will be burned up in an extensive and potentially harmful deep-sea exploration for fossil fuels embedded deep in the earth's crust not far off the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) shoreline.
11/09/2017 02:22 PM
Africa:UN Meeting in Dubai to Examine Crucial Role of Space for Development
[UN News] A United Nations meeting opened in Dubai on Monday aiming to examine how the global space community can contribute to international efforts to bring about a more just and equitable world for all people and the planet.
11/08/2017 11:08 AM
Africa:Agriculture - Africa Pushes for Gains On Genetic Materials
[East African] African nations are pushing for a review of an access and benefit sharing framework for exploration of genetic materials obtained from farmers in developing countries.
11/06/2017 08:53 AM
Kenya:Leaders Told to Support Biotech Crops Programmes
[Nation] A government forum to deliberate on faster adoption of genetically modified technologies has called on political leaders to drive the agenda to enhance food production.
11/07/2017 01:43 PM
Algeria:Treatments Commence At Two Algerian Hospitals Equipped With Modern Varian Radiotherapy Systems
[PR Newswire] Algiers, Algeria -Cancer patients in Algeria now have access to modern radiotherapy care with the commencement of treatments at two of six public hospitals currently being equipped by Varian (NYSE: VAR), the world leader in radiotherapy equipment and software. Treatments delivered using linear accelerators including Algeria's first TrueBeam(TM) systems are being delivered at Sidi-Bel-Abbes and Tlemcen Hospitals in the west of the country.
11/07/2017 10:49 AM
Africa:Annual Reviews Launches Knowable Magazine
[PR Newswire] Palo Alto, California -Nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital publication, Knowable Magazine ( The public launch coincides with the World Conference of Science Journalists (#WCSJ17), October 26-30 in San Francisco.
11/01/2017 10:53 AM
Nigeria:Satellite - Govt Moves to Stop N720 Billion Annual Loss
[Daily Trust] Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) has signed a mutual backup service MOU with Berlintersat, at the Belintersat headquarters in Minsk, Belarus, in a bid to stop N720billion annual loss to lack of patronage of country's satellites.
10/30/2017 01:45 PM
Africa:Meet the Giant Dinosaur that Roamed Southern Africa 200 Million Years Ago
[The Conversation Africa] Globally at around 200 million years ago, in what's known as the Early Jurassic, small and agile two-legged carnivorous dinosaurs called theropods roamed the ancient landscapes. In southern Africa, we know of their existence from their rare body fossils but also, importantly, from their fossil footprints.
10/29/2017 07:16 AM
Africa:Megacarnivorous Dinosaur Discovered in Lesotho
[News24Wire] A team of scientists from universities in SA, the UK and Brazil have discovered the first evidence of a large carnivorous dinosaur roaming Southern Africa 200 million years ago, according to a statement from the University of Cape Town (UCT).
10/26/2017 06:36 AM
Africa:Africa Calls for Caution On Glyphosate
[SciDev.Net] As the EU considers extending its approval for the weed-killer, African researchers highlight safety concerns.
10/25/2017 03:27 PM
South Africa:Why Cape Town's Drought Was So Hard to Forecast
[The Conversation Africa] Cape Town's drought and associated water shortage has officially escalated to the level of a disaster. The hope for a natural solution ended with the close of the main rainy season in September, and it is clear that water in the dams supplying the city will not last until the next rains in May-June next year.
10/24/2017 03:30 PM
Africa:New Test Promises Quick Anaemia Detection in the Field
[SciDev.Net] New York -A new way to detect anaemia by measuring haemoglobin levels using small amounts of whole blood is believed to be a vast improvement over existing tests, which rely on haemolysis (rupturing) of blood samples in lab facilities.
10/25/2017 04:34 PM
Seychelles:Researchers Introduce New Methods to Monitor Giant Tortoises On World Heritage Site Aldabra
[Seychelles News Agency] Researchers from the Seychelles Islands Foundation, which manages the remote Aldabra atoll, have introduced new methods to monitor the population of giant land tortoises there.
10/22/2017 03:38 PM
South Africa:Cabinet Congratulates Salt and Saao Scientists
[] Cabinet has congratulated the scientists who participated in the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) telescopes exploration.
10/19/2017 03:54 PM
South Africa:The Campaign Against Killer Radio Waves Revisited
[Daily Maverick] Some people still believe that radio waves from cellphones make us sick. And they're offended that I think they're wrong.
10/19/2017 03:24 PM
Angola:Tocoist Church Institute Launches Scientific Magazine
[ANGOP] Luanda -The Higher Polytechnic Institute (ISPT) of the Tocoist Church on Tuesday launched its first scientific magazine, which is entitled "Tetembwa" and is intended to have an international scope, with articles by different university lecturers in various areas.
10/19/2017 07:58 AM