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Open-science hardware in the developing world

Walk into any modern physics laboratory and you’ll see all kinds of hi-tech instruments. There are spectrometers, microscopes, oscilloscopes and diffractometers all spitting out data, spectra and images. In the developing world it’s difficult to get and maintain the...

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...

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...

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...