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Peter Pedroncelli, 4:34 am
In an important milestone for the Square Kilometre Array project, Ghana has successfully converted a redundant telecommunications antenna into a functioning radio telescope. The 32m converted telecommunications antenna at the Ghana Intelsat Satellite Earth Station at Kutunse is now operational as a very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) radio telescope, forming part of plans for the Square Kilometre Array.
Staff, 9:19 am
Africa Science Week will witness sessions such as engaging students in active learning of chemistry, technology, and engineering using interactive science kits. Students will also participate in physical activities and science projects competition followed by an award ceremony. According to Thierry Zomahoun, Aims president, the NEF Africa Science Week is the first coordinated science week across Africa. “Our primary objective is to develop tomorrow’s scientists and technologists,” Zomahoun said.
Keren Mikva, 1:11 pm AFKI Original
In the developing world, many water-fetchers — often women and children — do the back-breaking work of lugging water buckets over their heads or by hand. The Hippo Water Roller won the 1997 South Africa Design for Development Award. The 90-liter drums can carry 90 kilograms (198.4 pounds) of water and can be pushed or pulled across rough terrain. Check out these 17 things used across the globe that were invented by South Africans.
Staff, 12:01 am
Once completed, it’s hoped the SKA will find answers to some of mankind’s biggest mysteries, like is there life on other planets, and what happened before creation. There’ll be 3,000 giant satellite dishes pointed at space, with 70 percent of them in South Africa. The rest will be in eight other African countries and Australia. By June, 21 of the 64 Meerkat test dishes are expected to be operating .
Staff, 11:12 pm
In Sonnet 76, Shakespeare writes about “invention in a noted weed.” South African scientists shed new light on old pipes found buried in the bard’s garden using state-of-the-art forensic technology. Chemical analysis of residues in early 17th-century clay “tobacco pipes” confirm that a diversity of plants was smoked in Europe. This begs the question whether Shakespeare’s plays were performed in Elizabethan England in a smoke-filled haze.
Dana Sanchez, 9:40 am
Students, business and government leaders convened In London this week to talk about how Africa can stop being a customer and start developing a science community that has global clients of its own. Speakers included Scientist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, first female president of Mauritius, and Alan Kalton, program director at IBM Research Africa. IBM announced plans in February to build a second African research lab.
Dana Sanchez, 1:19 pm
If Africa wants to be seen as an attractive place to do business, it needs more women in science, says Álvaro Sobrinho, an Angolan philanthropist, businessman and chairman of the Planet Earth Institute. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is a scientist and the first female president of Mauritius. She is scheduled to speak July 21 in London at a Planet Earth Institute conference.
Staff, 1:00 am
Researchers have developed 30 new types of heat-resistant beans expected to withstand effects of climate change in Africa. The new lines were developed by conventional breeding methods of cross-pollination in Colombia, which included cutting the developing embryo from the young pod and culturing it in the laboratory.
Dana Sanchez, 10:31 pm
Solomon King Benge is a high school dropout with a passion for robots and he’s using them in Ugandan classrooms to excite students about science. He founded Fundi Bots in Kampala, and it has taken off in 15 schools. Students are encouraged to use recycled materials or components never designed to be a robotic building-blocks — like microphones and laser pointers.
Dana Sanchez, 4:50 pm
Women are limited from moving into decision-making jobs because of organisational prejudices and practices including incentives and hiring systems that often work against them, according to a Mail&Guardian report. One study showed female participation in African agricultural research was about 23 percent, with just 14 percent of management positions filled by women — a decline as women progressed along their career path.
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