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Flaws in the collection of African population statistics block COVID-19 insights

theconversation August 11, 2020

Flaws in the collection of African population statistics block COVID-19 insights Written by Emmanuel Olamijuwon, University of Eswatini; Fidelia A. A. Dake, University of Ghana, and Oluwaseyi Dolapo Somefun, University of the Western Cape . Hundreds of thousands of cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in African Union […]

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Elephants get drunk because they can’t metabolize alcohol like us

theconversation August 10, 2020

Elephants get drunk because they can’t metabolize alcohol like us. Written by Mareike Janiak, University of Calgary. Anecdotes about wild animals seemingly getting drunk after eating rotting fruit are widespread. There are stories about African elephants eating the overripe fruit of the marula tree (incidentally, Amarula Cream liqueur is made […]

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How we found the earliest glass production south of the Sahara, and what it means.

theconversation August 10, 2020

How we found the earliest glass production south of the Sahara, and what it means. Written by Abidemi Babatunde Babalola, University of Cambridge. The story of humankind from the earliest times to the present is in many ways a story about technology. Archaeologists tend to study the development of technology […]

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Three major scientific controversies about coronavirus

theconversation August 9, 2020

Three major scientific controversies about coronavirus. Written by Manal Mohammed, University of Westminster. Although political leaders have closed borders in response to COVID-19, scientists are collaborating like never before. But the coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) is novel – and we don’t yet have all the facts about it. As a result, we […]

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We need to unpack the word ‘race’ and find new language

theconversation August 5, 2020

Nina G. Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University and George Chaplin, Pennsylvania State University Race-thinking has been discredited for decades. But it is still with us. Yet race is a historical contingency, not a state of nature. One of the most sinister things about race is that its sibling, racism, not only […]

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Africa’s scientists set out their COVID-19 research priorities

theconversation August 1, 2020

Africa’s scientists set out their COVID-19 research priorities. Written by Moses Alobo, African Academy of Sciences. In April 2020, about two months after the African continent recorded its first case of COVID-19, the African Academy of Sciences undertook an extensive survey of its members. This allowed hundreds of scientists in […]

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Africa’s research capacity is growing. That’s good news for pandemic response efforts

theconversation July 22, 2020

Africa’s research capacity is growing. That’s good news for pandemic response efforts. Written by Sam Kinyanjui, KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme and Sharon Fonn, University of the Witwatersrand. The COVID-19 pandemic has put global emergency preparedness under sharp scrutiny. It’s also placed national health systems’ capacity to predict and respond […]

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Pollution

Visibility study of Nairobi, Kampala and Addis Ababa reveals big air pollution problems

theconversation June 10, 2020

Visibility study of Nairobi, Kampala and Addis Ababa reveals big air pollution problems. Written by Ajit Singh, University of Birmingham; Francis Pope, University of Birmingham, and William Robert Avis, University of Birmingham. The global coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating effect on economies worldwide. However, one of the few positive […]

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