Science academies should influence education in Africa

Speed read African universities are lacking balanced and inclusive education Science academies should aid innovation and entrepreneurship training Integrating indigenous knowledge and entrepreneurship could boost development By: Ochieng’ Ogodo [LAGOS] African science academies largely provide evidence-based scientific advice for policymaking, but need to influence educational systems to produce science and entrepreneurship-oriented graduates, a conference has heard. The regional conference on balanced and inclusive education (BIE) aimed to offer suggestions for addressing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which encourages inclusive and quality education. The meeting, which was hosted in Lagos on…

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‘We can’t just fold our arms and watch inequalities’

Speed read Africa must build on young female population to achieve development Attention to gender meets need for cohesion within scientific community Business incubators for young girls one way to meet challenges facing the continent By: Amzath Fassassi , Bilal Taïrou Women make up just under a third of all scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa (31 per cent), on par with the global average of 29 per cent. But this figure hides many disparities, which can be seen, for example, between South Africa’s 43.7 per cent compared with Togo’s 9.5 per…

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Facebook Messenger Now Lets You Un-Send Messages, Using ‘Remove for Everyone’ Read in

HIGHLIGHTS Users will have a 10-minute window after sending a message to undo it A note will be left behind telling the remark was removed The feature will be available on both Apple and Android mobile devices Facebook on Tuesday added a Messenger feature for anyone who has fired off a comment they regretted – a way to take it back. Messenger users will now have a 10-minute window after sending a message to undo it, leaving behind a note telling everyone in a conversation that the remark was removed, according…

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Don’t worry, this rocket-launching Chinese robo-boat is strictly for science

It seems inevitable that the high seas will eventually play host to a sort of proxy war as automated vessels clash over territory for the algae farms we’ll soon need to feed the growing population. But this rocket-launching robo-boat is a peacetime vessel concerned only with global weather patterns. The craft is what’s called an unmanned semi-submersible vehicle, or USSV, and it functions as a mobile science base — and now, a rocket launch platform. For meteorological sounding rockets, of course, nothing scary. It solves a problem we’ve seen addressed by other…

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