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Second African locust swarm of the year 20 times bigger than the first

Second African locust swarm of the year 20 times bigger than...

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Enlarge / NAIROBI, Feb. 21, 2020—A swarm of desert locusts invade parts of Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, Feb. 20, 2020. Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images As the coronavirus pandemic exploded across the world earlier this year, another even more conspicuous plague was tearing through East Africa: locusts. The voracious little beasts are…

Ancient African skeletons hint at a “ghost lineage” of humans

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Enlarge / A 1994 photograph of the excavations that yielded the skeletons at Shum Laka. Understanding humanity's shared history means understanding what happened in Africa. But figuring out what happened in Africa has been a difficult task. Not every area is well represented in the fossil history, and most African environments aren't conducive to the…
Research: DNA pinpoints region in northern Botswana as humanity’s birthplace

Research: DNA pinpoints region in northern Botswana as humanity’s birthplace

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Where was the evolutionary birthplace of modern humans? The East African Great Rift Valley has long been the favored contender – until today. Our new research has used DNA to trace humanity’s earliest footsteps to a prehistoric wetland called Makgadikgadi-Okavango, south of the Great Zambezi River. Our analysis, published in Nature today, shows that the…
Why cellular entry received’t mend our ‘digital divide’ with out fixed-line broadband

Why cellular entry received’t mend our ‘digital divide’ with out fixed-line...

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Mobile services have had an important and positive impact on developing countries where they are the main means of connecting to the internet. However, mobile services have capacity constraints. They use limited radio frequency spectrum, which means that mobile data typically has usage limits. They also have high prices per unit (per gigabyte), which results…
Information: The UN has actually ignored countless malnourished kids in Africa

Information: The UN has actually ignored countless malnourished kids in Africa

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Four years ago the United Nations (UN) member states created a list of international development targets, known as the Sustainable Development Goals. These included 17 urgent calls for action aimed at improving the lives of people around the world. Tackling poverty and food insecurity were placed at the top of the list. One region where…
Israeli start-up fights tuberculosis with text tips

Israeli start-up fights tuberculosis with text tips

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The stigma and adhering to a treatment regime are key reasons this extremely infectious disease is still a risk. According to the WHO, to beat TB, a patient must take four antimicrobial drugs for at least six months. But health officials across the globe say that without supervision and support, many TB patients will not…
How budget-friendly farming innovation is resolving food insecurity in Nigeria

How budget-friendly farming innovation is resolving food insecurity in Nigeria

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The global population is predicted to grow by 2 billion by 2050 and with more than half of that growth coming from Sub-Saharan Africa, addressing food insecurity has become a matter of urgency. In Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, food insecurity is on the rise; almost 8 percent of the population was found to be undernourished in 2015, compared…
This AI tool is equating 2,000 African languages in a quote to enhance regional economies

This AI tool is equating 2,000 African languages in a quote...

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A digital platform called OBTranslate that aims to translate more than 2,000 African languages to enable rural dwellers to gain easy access to global markets has been launched. According to its creator, 63 per cent of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to global markets because of language barriers. “Over 52 native…
Africa’s mobile-based health care efforts require regulative and neighborhood assistance– not simply financing

Africa’s mobile-based health care efforts require regulative and neighborhood assistance– not...

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As a community health worker tasked with tracking infant vaccinations in Kenya, Collince Oluoch was overwhelmed by the burdens of the job. He encountered mothers with no record of their children’s vaccinations, caregivers who could not remember clinic visits and colleagues who fudged figures. “Is there not a better way to track this vital health…
What lags the curious serenading of cybercriminals in Nigerian hip-hop?

What lags the curious serenading of cybercriminals in Nigerian hip-hop?

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Singers use artistic conventions to construct marketable music personas. However, that’s not the full picture. In the US, for example, most American hip-hop and rap songs are also a reflection of the artistes’ living experiences and social communities. These mainly involve gang violence, street hustling and thug life. The late rapper, Notorious B.I.G., summarized a part of this succinctly in…

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