Should Africa prioritise maths and science education over arts?

At the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai in March 2016, delegates debated whether focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to the detriment of arts fully equips children for the world ahead.

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New archaeological discovery in Ethiopia to fill human species study gap

A new archaeological discovery may have uncovered evidence that could help fill gaps spanning hundreds of thousands of years and align the origin of human species in a chronological order.

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Museveni says scientists historically responsible for Uganda's anti-gay bill

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Photo©ReutersUgandan President Yoweri Museveni is set to sign a controversial anti-gay bill, following what he says is evidence from experts proving that there is no connection between biology and homosexuality.

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Progress made in combating tropical diseases

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there has been unprecedented progress in combating 17 neglected tropical diseases.

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8 African countries to partner with S. Africa in Square Kilometre Array project

SKA project is billed to create the world's most powerful radio telescope and would change the worldview on science in Africa/Photo/Reuters"Unexpected", is how the South African Science Minister, Naledi Pandor described the decision by the Square Kilometre Array's Site Advisory Committee (SSAC) on awarding the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project to Australia/New Zealand and South Africa.

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South Africa and Australia fight for mega radio telescope project

 The SKA will consist of about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over a wide area/Photo/ReutersA decision on the winning bid for the world's most powerful radio telescope has been postponed.

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Frannie Léautier: Turning research into action

altA former vice-president of the World Bank, Dr Léautier has headed the ACBF since July 2009.

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The Specific Science of Revolution

Six years before the French Revolution erupted in Paris, France, a volcanic eruption spewing toxic gasses and lava from southern Iceland's Laki, triggered devastating climatic change across much of Europe – as far as Egypt.

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Book releases: Arabic science, Africa after the Cold War, Hairdresser of Harare

Reviews of Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science, The Curse of Berlin: Africa after the Cold War and the Hairdresser of Harare

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Develop a cheap, weather-resistant road surface

Third on our list of 11 simple ideas that could make a real difference to Africa is to make better roads.   

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Should Africa go nuclear?

Does nuclear energy create jobs and wealth or environmental disaster? Join in our debate on whether Africa should invest in nuclear power.

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Scientists bring hope of better crops

Frequent warnings about approaching agricultural epidemics must be balanced with the solid advances made in producing hardier and higher-yielding varieties of Africa's staple crops. We round up the latest discoveries. 

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Frankenfoods or future crops?

Can Africa afford to ignore genetically-modified crops? Concerns over climate change, drought and food security have persuaded some governments to take crop modification more seriously.  

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