Dr. Saint Elmo Brady, 1st African American to Earn Ph.D. in Chemistry, Honored With a National Historic Chemical Landmark

Dr. Saint Elmo Brady (Credit: University of Illinois Archives) According to jbhe.com, Dr. Saint Elmo Brady, the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry, has been honored by the American Chemical Society with a National Historic Chemical Landmark dedicated to him on the University of Illinois campus, where Brady earned his Ph.D. in 1916. Additionally, plaques in his memory will be mounted on the campuses of four HBCUs where he served on the faculty: Fisk University, Tuskegee University, Howard University, and Tougaloo College. Dr. Brady was born in Louisville,…

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France: debate over the efficacy of homeopathy

There’s growing debate over the efficacy of homeopathy in France. Homeopathy has for long being used as alternative to orthodox medicine. Practitioners mainly rely on natural herbs to heal their patients. But its effectiveness is now been challenged. “That’s all there is to it, so that people want to take it, sincerely me, I have no reason to oppose it. Who am I to say that people do not have the right to take homeopathy? But by advantage, I’m a doctor, I do medicine every day, I do science, I…

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Requiem for a Red Dream: Mars ONE Files for Bankruptcy

One day in 1986, while I was accompanying my mom to the supermarket, I stumbled upon a magazine that had the coolest cover ever. The popular science publication depicted a joint US-USSR space mission to the planet Mars, which could happen in the year 1992, to commemorate Columbus’s discovery of the Americas. I implored mom to buy the magazine for me and I took it home, devouring each page and dreaming on how a manned mission to the Red Planet was just around the corner. It would be the ‘Apollo’…

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Africa: Leaders Launch Health Financing Initiative for Universal Health Coverage

press release Addis Ababa — African Heads of State and Government, Ministers of Health and Finance, business leaders and global partners gathered yesterday ahead of the 32nd Summit of the African Union (AU), to launch a new initiative aimed at increasing commitments for health, improving the impact of spending and ensuring the achievement of universal health coverage across Africa’s 55 countries. With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development just over a decade away, H.E. President Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda and AU Chair, convened the Africa Leadership Meeting: Investing…

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Fish perish en masse in Libyan lake

Toxic marine fungi have been killing off scores of freshwater fish in Libya’s Wadi Kaam lake, located east of Tripoli, due to high levels of pollution, record-low temperatures and over-population. Scientists at the Asmaria Islamic University in the nearby town of Zliten have been running tests on fishes that have been washed up on the lake shore. “The problem is that there are mass deaths of fish here in the Wadi Kaam lake in massive numbers. After running tests and doing an initial inspection at the university, the reason for…

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Eritrea: Saving and Micro-Credit Program Improving Livelihoods of Beneficiaries

Massawa — At an assessment meeting conducted in Massawa on 4 February it was reported that the saving and micro-credit program is significantly contributing in improving the livelihoods of beneficiaries. According to the report presented at the meeting the number of beneficiaries is growing from time to time and as a result last year 14.6 million Nakfa has been distributed to 1763 beneficiaries through 85 village banks. The report further indicated that 50% of the beneficiaries are women and 80% of the beneficiaries are engaged in farming activity. The office…

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Africa: African launch of the EAT-Lancet report – Nourishing Africa through improved nutrition and sustainable food systems

press release Addis Ababa, February 7 2019 – Sustainable and healthy food systems are fundamental to reach a world without hunger and malnutrition, as well as to achieve the African Union’s Agenda 2063 vision and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A high level event, Nourishing Africa through improved nutrition and sustainable food systems was held on the margins of the 32nd Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at which the African launch of the EAT-Lancet Commission Report on Food, Planet, Health, took place. The African…

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Illinois Schools and Kapor Center Launch All-Expenses Paid Illinois SMASH Academy – STEM Tech Camp for Teens From Underrepresented Groups

(photo via smash.org) According to jbhe.com, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the Illinois Institute of Technology have partnered with the Kapor Center to launch the Illinois SMASH Academy – a 5-week, all-expenses paid STEM summer camp for high school students from underrepresented groups in Chicago and Southern Illinois. The Kapor Center, based in Oakland, is dedicated to leveling the playing field in tech, making the field more diverse, inclusive and better equipped to address society’s challenges and opportunities. The Kapor Center has already established SMASH academies in California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. According to…

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Roy Allela, Kenyan engineer and innovator creates gloves that could revolutionize sign language communication

A new type of wearable technology could revolutionize the way that those who are deaf and those who can hear, but who do not necessarily understand sign language, communicate. Called Sign-IO gloves, the wearable tech was invented by young Kenyan engineer and innovator, Roy Allela. The Sign-IO gloves are capable of translating sign language into audible speech. The glove has been designed to connect through Bluetooth to an Android phone and uses the device’s text-to-speech function to provide translated speech based on the hand gestures of the person signing. More specifically, Allela’s…

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