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Humans are not inherently selfish – we are actually hardwired to work together

theconversation August 28, 2020

Humans aren’t inherently selfish – we’re actually hardwired to work together. Written Steve Taylor, Leeds Beckett University. There has long been a general assumption that human beings are essentially selfish. We’re apparently ruthless, with strong impulses to compete against each other for resources and to accumulate power and possessions. If […]

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Africa has a growing food security problem: why it can not be fixed without proper data

theconversation August 26, 2020

Africa has a growing food security problem: why it can’t be fixed without proper data. Written by Simon Roberts, University of Johannesburg and Jason Bell, University of Johannesburg. The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown measures have had a huge negative impact on producers and consumers. Food production has been disrupted, […]

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Mauritius oil spill: how coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass could be affected

theconversation August 26, 2020

Mauritius oil spill: how coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass could be affected. Written by Sivajyodee Sannassy Pilly, Bangor University; John Turner, Bangor University, and Ronan Roche, Bangor University. Sometimes bad things happen in the worst possible places – like the MV Wakashio running aground on shallow reefs off the south-east […]

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Moves are afoot in Africa to keep more women in science careers

theconversation August 25, 2020

Moves are afoot in Africa to keep more women in science careers. Written by Barbara Tiedeu, University of Yaounde 1. Women scientists have a vital part to play in scientific leadership and in contributing to Africa’s development and transformation. But they remain substantially under-represented in higher education and in science, […]

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Africa’s research ecosystem needs a culture of mentoring.

theconversation August 25, 2020

Africa’s research ecosystem needs a culture of mentoring. Written by Oluwaseyi Dolapo Somefun, University of the Western Cape and Kudus Adebayo. Sub-Saharan Africa faces a range of development challenges, including high population growth, poverty, food insecurity, and poor health. There is a clear need for qualified and skilled researchers to […]

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Sexism is rife in the Nigerian, Kenyan and South African press. And it’s left unchecked

theconversation August 23, 2020

Sexism is rife in the Nigerian, Kenyan and South African press. And it’s left unchecked. Written by Dinfin Mulupi, University of Maryland and Lindsey Blumell, City, University of London. Uncovering systemic abuse against disproportionately women and girls, but also men and boys, has been coined the Me Too movement. Started […]

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New technologies mean states must reconsider what ‘reproductive rights’ are

theconversation August 23, 2020

New technologies mean states must reconsider what ‘reproductive rights’ are. Written by Bonginkosi Shozi, University of KwaZulu-Natal. A number of technological advances have revolutionised human reproduction in the past few decades. One example is in vitro fertilisation (IVF), the process of fertilising a woman’s eggs with a man’s sperm in […]

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