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Too few women in science: why academies are part of the problem

Women’s role in science has been hotly debated and discussed in recent decades. Policy-oriented and scholarly studies have explored a range of topics on the issue. From girls’ participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); to how women...

New tech turns any object into TV remote

Researchers from Lancaster University in the UK show a novel technique that allows body movement, or movement of objects, to be used to interact with screens. The ‘Matchpoint’ technology, which only requires a simple webcam, works by displaying moving targets that...

MATH PROFESSOR NAMED NEXT EINSTEIN FORUM FELLOW

Jonathan Mboyo Esole, named a Next Einstein Forum Fellow for 2017-2019, an award that recognizes Africa’s best young scientists and technologists. Born from the Democratic Republic of Congo, he was inspired by the famous physicist, Esole is an accomplished...

The Last Woman to Win a Physics Nobel

It’s been more than 50 years since there was a female winner. Maria Goeppert Mayer, is the last woman to win a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963 after she discovered that the nucleus of the atom has an onion like layered structure. Elizabeth Landau writes that since then...

Why we’re adding Black Mathematician Month to our calendars

Last week of October the 30th, marked Black History Month in the UK, an annual event to highlight the ongoing struggle for equality and to educate people on the achievements of members of the African diaspora. A reason why Black Mathematician Month has been added to...

Initiative to build African science journalism capacity

Earlier this month, a two-year programme was launched, with an aim to build capacity of science journalists and improve science coverage in Africa, recognising the important role of science journalism in promoting Africa’s socioeconomic development. Sam Otieno in...

Africa needs more engineers and makers

Kamau Gachigi, head of Gearbox, Nairobi's leading maker space emphasized that technology can help Africa prepare for a doubling of it's population by 2050 during TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania. Africa needs more engineers and makers with practical digital...