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  • Algerian Space Agency Launches Telecoms Satellite

    Algeria's Alcomsat-1 telecoms satellite launched into space. Photo - Xinhua By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:20 am

    The Algerian Space Agency has launched a telecoms satellite into space in cooperation with China. This follows the successful launch of Alcomsat-1 by China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) aboard a Long March 3B rocket. Primarily designed for telecommunications purposes, the Alcomsat-1 satellite will support television broadcasting and provide broadband communications for remote education, e-government, and other services.

  • US, UK Finance Groups Invest In Kenyan Warehouse Development

    invest in Kenyan warehouse development By Dana Sanchez, 1:01 am

    Companies expanding in Africa are helping drive the need for more warehouse space. There is a dire shortage of warehouse facilities, says global real estate consultancy Knight Frank. Scarcity of quality warehouses in Nairobi presents opportunities for investors and developers, and the largest development bank in the world is taking notice. U.S.-based IFC and the U.K.’s CDC finance group are investing up to $35 million in Nairobi warehouse development. Logistics is an often overlooked part of economic development, the CDC said.

  • 1,300 Galaxies: First Image From South Africa’s Powerful Radio Telescope

    SKA radio telescope - square kilometre array By Dana Sanchez, 1:40 pm

    Eight other countries in Africa besides SA will have radio telescopes contributing to the Square Kilometre Array network. The SKA will outperform the most advanced modern instruments in exploring exploding stars, black holes, dark energy and traces of the universe’s origins 14 billion years back. It’s the first time African countries are hosting global science infrastructure of this scope. South Africa will become home to the most powerful instrument ever used in radio astronomy when SKA is fully operational.

  • Yoruba Speakers In High Demand In London’s Luxury Markets

    Yoruba Speakers In High Demand By Dana Sanchez, 11:06 am

    As wealth gets more evenly distributed across the world, Africa is following in China’s footsteps as a major source of luxury spending power. Nigerian tourists became the fifth biggest spenders in London in 2014. Continued growth will pressure retailers to adapt to their needs. Staff with a grasp of Yoruba are in high demand. Key cities in Africa remain on the radar of luxury retailers planning entry or expansion. Check out the top African countries on their radar.

  • Square Kilometre Array Is Buying 455 Square Miles Of Karoo Farmland

    Square Kilometre Array By Dana Sanchez, 10:33 am

    Once complete, the Square Kilometre Array telescope will look for the building blocks of life in space. The South African government can expropriate productive areas of sheep farms if land negotiations fail. “In 99% of cases, it’s not necessary to expropriate,” a stakeholder said. The international SKA organisation has budgeted about $700 million for SKA1.

  • Co-Working Spaces Continue To Sprout Across Africa

    By Staff, 7:30 am

    Africa may be prone to chronic power shortages, weak infrastructure and economies still overly-dependent on commodities. But it is also being seen by technology firms as a new frontier for innovation: herds of new tech start-ups and small businesses are being birthed across the continent.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Africa’s Moon Mission

    By Keren Mikva, 10:20 am AFKI Original

    Lack of publicity is part of the struggle the Africa2Moon mission encountered in crowd-funding attempts. Until recently, the project wasn’t receiving much national or international attention. However, as more media outlets pick up the story, donations have increased. A ground-breaking project is under way to send an African rocket to the moon. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about African’s moon mission.

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Outer Space

    By Keren Mikva, 3:00 pm AFKI Original

    If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then Planet PSR J1719-1438 b is a girl’s best planet. It just wouldn’t fit as well in a song as the song made famous by Marilyn Monroe. Either way, this former star went through supernova stage and was left with a carbon core — the starting point of diamonds. The conditions in that area of space provided enough heat and pressure to compress the carbon, crystallizing it into a giant diamond. Now the next step is to tow it the 50-million light years back to Earth and hawk it off to Tiffany’s. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about outer space.

  • 10 Tricks To Maximize Living Space

    By Keren Mikva, 12:17 pm

    Use those nooks and crannies. Have one of those corners that’s completely unusable because of a wide support beam that sticks out? Stick some shelves or bookcases in those nooks to house knick-knacks or household items.

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