Rubbish can power Africa’s cities

By Laura Owings Energy generated from rubbish could power an estimated 40 million households across Africa by 2025, proposes a study. Using existing data on refuse and urban population growth, the researchers measured the total energy potential of all Africa’s urban solid waste from both incineration and methane produced from landfill sites. Their study was …

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High-dose vitamin D could help fight HIV/AIDS

By Laura Owings [CAPE TOWN] Vitamin D supplementation may improve the ability of the body to fight diseases, including HIV, in African regions with seasonal exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet B rays or UVB, according to a new study. Researchers from South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States say that although vitamin D status …

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STEM education receives US$25 million funding boost

By Laura Owings [CAPE TOWN] African scholars and teachers will gain support from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), it was announced last month (4 June). With a US$25 million investment from the MasterCard Foundation, and inclusion in its global 21 scholars programme, AIMS …

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Report finds homosexuality is part of African life

By Laura Owings Scientific evidence shows that human sexual behaviour is naturally varied, and should not form a basis for discrimination, says a highly anticipated report from the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). The report, launched at the Seventh South African AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, last night (10 June), examines scientific …

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