Protecting Innovators – The Reason for AfricanBrains

Our recent post "Kenya: High Costs Deny Students Ability to Patent Innovations" talks of how students in Kenya are losing out on having their...

Africa: Plant clinics must take root in poor countries

Community-based plant clinics should be part of a health system for plants, say agriculture experts Solveig Danielsen and Frank Matsiko. Food security, the production of...

Funding still an uphill struggle for African academies

African academies are still battling to obtain funding and recognition from policymakers despite several efforts to strengthen them. This message came out...

Egypt: Green algae boost wheat yields, say scientists

A substance derived from green algae has boosted wheat productivity by a quarter, according to Egyptian scientists. 'Gorn 19' was invented by an Egyptian...

Uganda: Mobile technology doubles HIV treatment rate in babies

HIV-infected babies have had their diagnosis time cut from three months to two weeks thanks to a mobile phone-based technology. Infants with HIV need...

Reality check for ‘miracle’ biofuel crop

The hardy jatropha tree as a biofuel source may not be the panacea for smallholders that some have claimed, say Miyuki Iiyama and James Onchieku. It...

Africa to get continent-wide data centre

South Africa is spearheading activities to collect and curate research data about the African continent in an effort to shrug off its data-poor...

Nanotech’s impacts on Africa must be carefully considered

Recommendations that attention should be paid to nanotechnology's ethical, economic and social risks for Africa, put forward by a regional workshop in Côte d'Ivoire,...

TWAS hears calls for more science collaborations

Developing world science academies should meet and exchange information more often to assess their shared challenges, South Africa's minister for science and technology,...

India, South Africa to team up on HIV vaccine research

India and South Africa will launch a joint research project on basic science and vaccines for HIV strains common to both countries. The project...

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