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South Africa’s brand-new MeerKAT telescope: We ain’t seen nothing yet

Last month, South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope discovered giant bubbles at the centre of our galaxy.…

South Africa’s brand-new MeerKAT telescope: We ain’t seen nothing yet

Last month, South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope discovered giant bubbles at the centre of our galaxy. This is the telescope’s second major finding—the first was one…

By Sarah Wild
Educating children displaced by Boko Haram is vital for Nigeria’s future

‘People dumps’ that house children displaced by Boko Haram could become breeding grounds for extremism unless the educational provision in them improves drastically, writes David…

By David Mba
This is how Nigeria plans to avoid Burkina Faso’s GM cotton curse

This growing season, farmers on more than 1,000 cotton farms across Nigeria are growing genetically-modified (GM) cotton under the watchful eyes of scientists. Come harvest,…

By Joseph Opoku Gakpo
How young Tunisians revitalised science in their homeland

Tunisia has increased its investment in education and science, but many professionals leave the country, representing a loss on that investment. Now, a global network…

By Mohamed Jemaà
The Birdman of Ibadan: ‘Small actions can yield big results’

Adewale Awoyemi is a Nigerian ornithologist who coordinates the Ibadan Bird Club and manages the city’s International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Forest Center. Here he…

By Adewale Awoyemi
A new use for coffee-processing waste—but is it sustainable?

Waste from coffee processing could be used to clean polluting runoff from other industries, a group of Kenyan scientists has shown. But with the country’s…

By Christabel Ligami
Mending a broken world with the help of science—and Madame Curie

Amal Amin, a polymer scientist at Egypt’s National Research Center, explains how the 9/11 terror attacks inspired her lifelong drive to build unity and peace…

By Amal Amin
How Africa’s space rocks are driving planetary science

One-fifth of all the meteorites found on Earth have been discovered in Africa, and the number of locals studying them is growing. In early June…

By Sandrine Ceurstemont
Hospital study reveals chink in the armour of Zambian superbugs

Drug-resistant bacteria found in hospitals cause thousands of deaths worldwide each year. But a study of such superbugs in a Zambian hospital offers hope that…

By Sibusiso Biyela
South Africa’s divided past is reflected in its innovation landscape

South Africa is ranked as Sub-Saharan Africa’s most innovative country. But its innovation landscape is marred by deep inequalities that look likely to persist, reports…

By Sarah Wild
ARV drugs in Ugandan pork a growing health concern

Mounting evidence that farmers in northern Uganda try to fatten up their pigs with antiretroviral drugs destined for humans with HIV has raised serious health…

By Esther Nakkazi
Morsure de serpent: les antivenins de mauvaise qualité inondent le marché africain

Une étude de Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) montre que les antivenins qui ont largement inondé ces dernières années le marché africain sont de mauvaise qualité…

By Kossi Elom Balao
Your grandma was wrong: seawater doesn’t cure eye infections

The use of seawater as a home remedy for conjunctivitis—an eye infection that causes redness and itching—has been passed down in Ghana for generations. But…

By Jessica Ahedor
The health benefits of waakye, Ghana’s secret superfood

Ghanaians are crazy about waakye, a local dish prepared by cooking rice and beans with red sorghum leaves. The leaves add flavour and give waakye…

By Jessica Ahedor
New treatment offers hope for Kala-Azar victims who also have HIV

A new treatment for patients suffering from both HIV and the deadly parasite-borne disease Kala-azar has shown impressive cure rates, raising hopes for thousands of…

By Maina Waruru
Genetics help solve puzzle of how goats spread through Africa

Eleven thousand years ago in the Middle East, goats became one of the first herbivores that humans domesticated. Since then, the horned livestock has spread…

By Sarah Wild
Digging for gold in Africa’s garbage

Landfills—those smelly, polluted no-man’s lands of modern life—often contain useful raw materials. Recycling them for profit presents opportunities and challenges for Africa, Eman El-Sherbiny reports.…

By Eman El-Sherbiny
In Kenya, tomato farming is a male affair

Smallholder tomato farming in Kenya remains dominated by older men despite efforts by the government NGOs to encourage women and youth into agriculture and to…

By Maina Waruru
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