Africa: Earth Day – Colonialism’s Role in the Overexploitation of Natural Resources

analysis We are currently experiencing the worst environmental crisis in human history, including a “biological annihilation” of wildlife and dire risks for the future of human civilization. The scale of that environmental devastation has increased drastically in recent years. Mostly to blame are anthropogenic, or human-generated factors, including the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil. Other industries like gem and mineral mining also destroy the world’s ecological sustainability, leading to deforestation and the destruction of natural habitats. Much of this traumatic exploitation of natural resources traces its origins…

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Google’s first AI Lab in Africa opens in Ghana

In line with its desire to position itself as an AI first company by opening research centres around the world, Google has opened its first Artificial Intelligence (AI) centre in Africa in Accra, Ghana. The goal of the centre is to provide African developers with the necessary research needed to build products that can solve problems across various sectors such as agriculture, health, and education. “Most of what we do in our research centres at Google and not just in Accra, we publish it and open-source code, so that everybody…

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Video: Campaigners call for end to antivenom shortage in Africa as snake bites soar

Africa boasts some of the world’s deadliest snakes, yet it has an alarming shortage of the life-saving snakebite treatment. The continent sees about half a million snakebites that need treatment every year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Campaigners now want Africa’s antivenom shortage to be treated as a public health crisis. Watch our report source: http://www.africanews.com/2019/04/12/video-campaigners-call-for-an-end-to-antivenom-shortage-in-africa-as-snakebites/

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Mozambique: FAO Starts Distribution of Much-Needed Seeds and Tools in Cyclone-Ravaged Mozambique

press release Sofala Province, Mozambique — Farmers in areas left devastated by Tropical Cyclone Idai in Mozambique have started to receive much-needed agricultural inputs thanks to a joint effort by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to assist hard-hit rural families to get a head-start on the impending secondary growing season. In Manica and Sofala provinces, an initial 15 000 vulnerable households – or around 75 000 people – will receive agricultural kits containing hoes, machetes and early-maturing…

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South Africa: SA Astrophysicist Part of Historic Black Hole Team

Photo: Event Horizon Telescope consortium The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) – a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration – was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers revealed that they have succeeded, unveiling this first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. By Alex Mitchley University of Pretoria astrophysicist, Professor Roger Deane, was part of an international group of scientists who made history by capturing the first ever image of…

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Mobile phone app that discovers disease and saves lives in Africa

What if a mobile phone could prevent a health epidemic? It may sound like science fiction, but the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Polio Geographic Information System (GIS) Technology is doing just that in 43 countries in Africa. The idea is simple: Health workers visit remote villages to check if local inhabitants have any symptoms of a range of life-threatening infectious diseases, including polio and measles. Then, with the mobile app, they quickly and easily alert WHO. “This is one of the most exciting things that is happening in the WHO…

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Lab-grown meat could be on shelves in 5 years – scientists

Lab-grown meat, cultured from the stem cells of animals, is considered by many to be a sustainable and ethical solution to the demands of the meat industry. While it can be grown in small amounts – and at great expense – in laboratories, science is still trying to figure out how to produce enough meat to make it a viable alternative. Tissue engineering experts at the University of Bath are developing a system where animal cells are grown on blades of grass. Dr Marianne Ellis, Senior Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering,…

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Nigeria: All-Female African Coding Training Launches in Nigeria

By Njenga Hakeenah Some 160 young women have begun a month-long coding class on two Nigerian campuses under a new programme to give African youth digital skills for the workforce. The Coding for Employment programme, organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Microsoft Philanthropies, prioritises young women who typically have been sidelined in the technology ecosystem. Level playing ground for women At a launch event held last month academics, women leaders in technology and tech start-up founders highlighted the importance of level playing ground for women. The launch at…

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Congo-Kinshasa: Kinshasa Digital Week Brings Together Promising Start-Ups From Across DRC’s Ecosystem to Broker Relationships With Private Sector and Government

The scale of DRC and its problems can sometimes seem completely overwhelming but every country has to start somewhere. Next week sees the second edition of Kinshasa Digital Week that brings together start-ups with potential private sector partners and Government. Russell Southwood spoke to one of its co-founders Jean-Louis Mbaka about how it all started and what it does. Kinshasa Digital week (https://www.kinshasadigitalweek.com/) takes place 12-13 April 2019. This tech ecosystem event is now in its second year and is going from strength to strength. The two-day event has one…

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Leading Near-Death Experience Researcher Bruce Greyson Signs a Major Book Deal

The field of near-death experience (NDE) research – like many other ‘fringe sciences’ – has its fair share of opportunists, people who care more about making some money than getting to the bottom of the mystery. There are a few scientists, however, who command respect – from not just people interested in the topic, but also their scientific peers – such as resuscitation expert Dr Sam Parnia, and Dr Bruce Greyson, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. When it comes to the NDE, Bruce Greyson…

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