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New 3D Printer Can Make Complex Body Tissues

David Grossman writes in popular mechanics that scientists are hoping that a specially adapted 3D printer made to build therapeutic biomaterials will help aid medical research by printing test materials so complex as to closely approximate real human tissue....

LʹAfrique, nouvelle terre des sciences 1/3: les défis

Le Next Einstein Forum sʹest déroulé fin mars à Kigali, au Rwanda. Son but est de valoriser la recherche scientifique sur le continent africain. Plus de 1500 personnes y ont participé, dont 40% de femmes, des scientifiques africains mais aussi des décideurs, des...

Call for Nominations for the 2018 TWAS Young Affiliates

Every year the five TWAS Regional Offices each select up to five scientists to be Young Affiliates for a period of five years. During their tenure, Affiliates are invited to participate in TWAS general meetings and conferences as well as provide feedback to TWAS on...

The Special Spirit of the Next Einstein Forum

What does the conference mean to these young Fellows? Speaking one-to-one, Tolulope Ologboji, one of the 16 honored NEF Fellows 2018, explained: “As an African scientist, I have always been outnumbered at conferences.” A geophysicist from Nigeria, Mr. Ologboji has...

Scientists have created a silicon beating heart

Researchers have created an artificial, silicone heart to help combat the shortage of donor hearts. The silicone heart has been developed by Nicholas Cohrs, a doctoral student in the group led by Wendelin Stark, Professor of Functional Materials Engineering at ETH...

How secure is blockchain?

Blockchain technology is transforming the way we do business by allowing consumers to cut out the middleman in numerous vital services, reducing costs and boosting efficiency. In this way it has the potential to reduce poverty throughout the developing...

Africa cultivates innovation to boost global reach

Africa faces the world's largest shortage of primary and secondary school teachers at the very time the population of school-age students is on track to grow at the world's largest pace. In addition, 32.3% of sub-Saharan Africa's children, adolescents, and youth do...

Weak policies harming circular economy path in Africa

Circular economy — the concept of reducing and reusing waste — could help the continent solve environmental challenges, according to experts during a panel discussion at the 2nd Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering held in Rwanda last month (26-28 March). African...