Initiative to build African science journalism capacity

By Sam Otieno [GRAHAMSTOWN, SOUTH AFRICA] A two-year programme has been launched to build capacity of science journalists and improve science coverage in Africa. It was launched this month (1 September) with the aim of recognising the important role of science journalism in promoting Africa’s socioeconomic development. The project is being funded by the African …

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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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New techniques track Kenya’s disappearing amphibians

Sharon Kahara, Humboldt State University Amphibians are cold-blooded vertebrates that live part of their life on land, part of it in water – a popular example are frogs. What isn’t widely known is that around the world they are going extinct at rates that far exceed other vertebrates. A recent study showed how the number …

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Gender gap widens in STEM education

By Joel Adriano [BANGKOK] Despite major strides in women’s empowerment and equality over the last half century, there exists a stark gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, says a report. According to the report by the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) report, only 17 women have won a Nobel …

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Shining light at night could suppress mosquito bites

By Munyaradzi Makoni [CAPE TOWN] Exposing malaria-transmitting mosquitoes to light at two-hour intervals during the night or at late daytime could inhibit their biting behaviour and reduce malaria transmission, says a study. A 2016 report of the World Health Organization says that 214 million people worldwide were infected with malaria in 2015, resulting in 438,000 …

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