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Zimbabwe’s Scientists Hope Political Change Will Revitalize Research


Protesters gathered at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare this week, amid political ructions that precipitated the end of Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule. Credit: Getty

Scientists in Zimbabwe say they are hopeful that the sudden change of political power in their country could spell a new era for its beleaguered research system. Those working in the nation hope that the shift will unlock and attract research funds from overseas, while Zimbabwean researchers abroad say that the potential for new order in their country could encourage them to return home.

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Platform aims to boost Africa’s science footprint

When Marianne Mureithi submitted her paper on infectious diseases to an international scientific journal, it was rejected, much to her dismay.

She was a post-doctoral researcher in West Africa, and a back and forth between her and the journal between 2005 and 2008 yielded no fruit, even after she incorporated the minor changes asked of her.

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Despite forest loss, African protected area can support 10s of thousands of elephants

Niassa Reserve is Mozambique's largest protected area, spanning 42,300 square kilometers (16,300 square miles), and is considered one of the least biologically explored regions in Africa. The reserve supports Mozambique's largest populations of endangered wildlife. Approximately 40,000 people legally live within its boundaries and harvest its natural resources.

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African Nations Are Sharing Data to Crack Down on Illegal Fishing

An initiative called FISH-i Africa helps coordinate the efforts of eight cash-strapped countries to uncover and crack down on unauthorized fishing operators in the western Indian Ocean.

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A tiny African island nation will run on 100% renewable energy in less than a decade


Ponta do Sol on the island of Santo Antao in Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa. (Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly)

Cape Verde, the small island archipelago nation off Africa’s northwest coast, has set itself a very bold renewable energy target. As part of its “sustainable energy for all” agenda, it has pledged to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025.

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