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South African saga: Anti-GMO activist groups’ disinformation campaign against new disease-resistant corn

 

Isaac Ongu is an agriculturist, science writer and an advocate for science based interventions in solving agricultural challenges in Africa.

How have anti-GMO activist groups been so effective at preventing the introduction of new products, many with demonstrable benefits in boosting yield, reducing plant disease or increasing nutrition?

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Zebra scat science improves conservation efforts

 

How can Zebra excrement tell us what an animal's response to climate change and habitat destruction will be?

That is what scientists from The University of Manchester and Chester Zoo have been investigating in South Africa. Together the team have been using zebra stools to understand how challenges or 'stressors', such as the destruction and breakup of habitats, impact on populations of South Africa's Cape mountain zebra.

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World Science Journalist meeting stays Out of Africa

  

World Science Journalist meeting stays Out of Africa

Countries in the developing world would struggle to put together a bid that’s as good, and you can’t fault the directors of the World Federation of Science Journalists for choosing them over a rival bid from Montreal, a decision announced during this month’s WCSJ in San Francisco (26-30 October)

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Best programmers in Africa

 

South Africans are the top programmers in Africa, it’s official.

South African students recently finished ahead of Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia in an international computer programming contest, the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Tehran, Iran.

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Why Africa Needs a Science Synthesis Centre to Tackle Complex Problems

 

By Charne Lavery and Laura Pereira

Scientific research often requires sophisticated equipment like radio telescopes or laboratories. This infrastructure is essential for scientific discovery. But another form of infrastructure is now essential too: synthesis centres. These specialise in bringing together experts across academic fields and geographies.

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