Diplomats told to study science and health

By Inga Vesper [MANCHESTER] Diplomats need better training in science and health to support international collaborations dealing with shared problems and increase the scientific capacity of developing countries, a UK summit has heard. When it comes to science diplomacy, both rich and poor nations must do more to involve foreign affairs officials in research efforts …

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Malaria teamwork spells danger for humans

By Inga Vesper Getting infected by two malaria species can improve conditions for the second species, making the disease more dangerous and persistent than lone infections, a mouse study shows. According to a paper made public on 5 July, being infected with both Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax can provide this second parasite species with …

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African migration may fuel rise in wildfires’ intensity

By Inga Vesper African wildfires may become larger and more intense as more people move to cities, a study has found. Traditional ways of using controlled burning to prevent out-of-control natural fires could die out in many rural areas as urbanisation increases, leaving grassland free to build up, says the paper, which was published this …

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Rising global wealth primed to curb malaria

By Inga Vesper Middle-income countries have reached a level of wealth and urbanisation comparable to that of European countries when they wiped out malaria last century, researchers say, offering hope of rapid global progress against the disease. Housing, healthcare and lifestyle improvements in more-affluent developing nations could soon lead to huge drops in the disease’s …

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Science meets farming to reveal Africa’s best bean

By Bruno Awio, Inga Vesper The second of our INASP/SciDev.Net data challenges features an agricultural project from Uganda. A team of scientists joined 358 farmers in two districts to test the best bean they were growing in terms of robustness, yield and marketability. And most importantly, a bean that can prosper in the dramatically changing …

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