Homo naledi may be two million years old (give or take)

Francis Thackeray, University of the Witwatersrand There has been global interest in the announcement of new fossils from a cave called Rising Star in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in South Africa. These fossils were recently reported by Lee Berger and his team, who described the discovery of more than 1500 fossils as …

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US$4 million project to control lethal maize disease

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] A new project has been launched to control the spread of a lethal viral disease which affects maize yields and threatens food security in many Sub-Saharan Africa countries. The project for tackling maize lethal necrosis (MLN), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was launched at a workshop …

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Why Kampala holds single biggest growth opportunity for Uganda

Paul Collier, University of Oxford and Astrid Haas, London School of Economics and Political Science Uganda’s economy has been growing steadily over the past decade. Like many other developing countries, its growth has benefited from a confluence of external events, including a sustained increase in commodity prices and partial debt relief. But since the end …

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Stop bugging the bugs: the world as we know it would fall apart without them

Pia Addison, Stellenbosch University Just under one million insect species have been identified on the planet. Global insect species diversity makes up more than half of all other species diversity on earth. Estimates of actual species richness range from a realistic four to six million to an extravagant 80 million species. But insects are continuously …

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Diagnostic tool aids malaria control in remote settings

By Nelson Mandela Ogema [KISUMU, KENYA] An innovative electronic mobile system can be useful in malaria control programmes in remote settings, a study finds. According to researchers, many health information technologies fail when they are implemented in low-resource settings despite being promising. “The Deki Reader enabled real-time data collection and sharing even in places with …

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