December 18, 2017

Zimbabwe’s new government must commit to science

In a piece written by Dexter Tagwireyi in international journal of science in Nature, Zimbabwe has been excluded from many international funding and grant opportunities because of its instability, both real and perceived. The only way to access these funds has been to collaborate with scientists from other African countries and around the world. Just three […]

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December 18, 2017

How scientists and farmers creating climate and disease resistant livestock for Africa

Visiting Brisbane in November for theInternational Tropical Agriculture Conference for 2017, Director General of theInternational Livestock Research Institute Dr. Jimmy Smith discussed with Devex a range of new and exciting programs his organization is delivering to help create climate and disease resistant livestock for Africa. With research progressing rapidly, Smith believes 2018 will see ILRI deliver a […]

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December 12, 2017

Scientists build hydrogen sensor readable with the naked eye

According to many scientists, the proposed ‘hydrogen economy’, in which hydrogen is to become the most important carrier of sustainably generated energy, is an inevitable development. Unfortunately, the use of hydrogen entails certain risks, because it is flammable and difficult to detect. The research that the scientists described in their publication in Nature Communications focuses on […]

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December 5, 2017

Open access publishing platform launched for African scientists

African scientists are getting their own open access publication platform, which will use a system of transparent, post-publication peer review. The African Academy of Sciences, in partnership with F1000, is launching AAS Open Research, which will offer immediate online publication to AAS-funded and affiliated researchers. Peer review reports will be published alongside the articles, together […]

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December 1, 2017

BIO GIRLS DAY 2017: EXPOSING GIRLS TO OPPORTUNITIES IN BIO-SCIENCES

The African Woman in Science and The Work Place The under-representation of African women in science and its related fields is a cause for concern. The stereotypical African woman in times past was seen as a weak figure better suited to doing ‘menial’ jobs including raising children and taking care of the home. Today, paradigms […]

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December 1, 2017

Pruitt’s RFS Decision Defies Science, Undercuts Development of New Fuels

According to a Statement by Jeremy Martin, Union of Concerned Scientists, Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has finalized a change to biofuels policy, lowering the amount of cellulosic biofuel required under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). While political pressure from agricultural interests partly checked Pruitt’s effort to roll back the RFS […]

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