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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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How we are measuring air quality in Kampala and why it works for African cities

theconversation August 27, 2020

How we’re measuring air quality in Kampala – and why it works for African cities. Written by Engineer Bainomugisha, Makerere University. In Uganda, even though air pollution is a big challenge in parts of the country, there is hardly any air quality monitoring. Engineer Bainomugisha – along with other scientists […]

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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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Kids who learn ‘clause-chain’ languages are quicker to develop complex sentences

theconversation August 25, 2020

Kids who learn ‘clause-chain’ languages are quicker to develop complex sentences. Written by Hannah Sarvasy, Western Sydney University. Languages like Japanese, Korean, Turkish and the indigenous languages of the Amazon, East Africa, and New Guinea build sentences in a way that lets them grow to enormous length. Our research shows learning one of […]

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Pollution

Atlantic Ocean Holds 10x More Plastic Pollution Than Previously believed

ecodailyorg August 23, 2020

Atlantic Ocean Holds 10x More Plastic Pollution Than Previously Believed. Written by Olivia Rosane. There is at least 10 times more plastic polluting the Atlantic Ocean than previously believed, a new study has found. The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) study, the first to measure the “invisible” microplastics beneath the surface of the entire Atlantic […]

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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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