Ghana is boosting Africa’s role in radio astronomy

Bernard Duah Asabere, Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is the world’s largest radio telescope project, which will collect data over one million square kilometres from radio astronomy telescopes on the African and Australian continents. In the long run the two-phased SKA could possibly help scientists answer questions in astrophysics, …

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African scientists are punching above their weight

John Butler-Adam, University of Pretoria Over the past five years, Africa’s contributions to the world’s research –- that is, new knowledge –- have varied from a low of 0.7% to the present and highest level of 1.1%. There are many reasons for Africa’s small contribution to world research. One of them, sadly, is that at …

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Big data opening R&D opportunities in Africa

By Russell Taylor , Bradley Frank Big data is fueling capacity building and impacts in Africa, write Russell Taylor and Bradley Frank. Data-intensive research is changing the way African researchers can work and the impact they can have. It is also opening up new career paths in the field of data science. By increasing the …

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World’s largest radio telescope must tap into Africa’s fascination with night skies

Felix Donkor, University of the Witwatersrand The world’s largest and most powerful radio telescope, which is to be constructed in South Africa from 2017, has the potential to stimulate interest in astronomy across Africa by tapping into the continent’s traditions of watching the night skies. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be used by scientists …

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Africa News Headlines for 9 September 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from across the globe over the past 24 hours. Partial Solar Eclipse to Darken Southern Africa’s Skies Sunday Source: Space.com Kenya picked to host 2016 Africa Individual chess championship Source: The Star America’s Imperial Footprint in Africa Source: CounterPunch US to train UPDF doctors Source: New Vision Tree bark …

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