Robots helping tell the ocean story in South Africa

By Munyaradzi Makoni Thanks to robotic gliders, South African researchers are making gains in ocean R&D, writes Munyaradzi Makoni. Eddies — circular currents of water — move deep water nutrients to the surface, but their overall effect on the Southern Ocean and the earth’s changing climate is barely understood. The Southern Ocean, also called the …

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New tool and report show rising antibiotic resistance

By Munyaradzi Makoni [CAPE TOWN] Antibiotic resistance leading to life-threatening infections has grown globally to startling levels, a new report and an online tool show. The US-based Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP) released a comprehensive report, State of the world’s antibiotics, 2015, this month (17 September) that examines antibiotic use and resistance …

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Study finds gaps in Africa-EU food security R&D links

By Munyaradzi Makoni A report has identified gaps in the capacities and funding for Africa-Europe food security research collaborations, and the need to strengthen such networks and research uptake. According to the report, the number of hungry people in Africa increased from 175 million to 239 million between 2010 and 2012, a situation that requires …

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