AFRICA'S PANDEMIC PUZZLE: WHY SO FEW CASES AND DEATHS?

14 August 2020, Science

Africa seems to have weathered the pandemic relatively well so far, with fewer than one confirmed case for every thousand people and just 23,000 deaths. Yet several antibody surveys suggest far more Africans have been infected with the coronavirus—a discrepancy that is puzzling scientists around the continent.

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WHO GETS TO STUDY WHOM?

17 July 2020, Sapiens

As the field of anthropology struggles to shed its colonial past, the discipline has inadvertently put constraints on anthropologists of color who already face racism, bias, and discrimination.

SCIENTISTS STRUGGLE TO ACCESS AFRICA'S HISTORICAL CLIMATE DATA

24 October 2019, Nature

Better climate predictions require Africa’s weather agencies to open their archives. But commercial concerns and a lack of trust are holding them back.

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THE ETHICAL QUANDARY OF HUMAN INFECTION STUDIES

19 November 2018, Undark

Sometimes infecting volunteers with a disease can lead to new treatments. But how much risk and compensation is acceptable for those in poor nations?

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EUROPE’S BIGGEST RESEARCH FUND CRACKS DOWN ON ‘ETHICS DUMPING’

3 July, Nature

The practice of conducting ethically dubious research in foreign countries is under fresh scrutiny.

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IN NIGERIA, A BATTLE AGAINST ACADEMIC PLAGIARISM HEATS UP

27 June 2018, Science

Six years ago, Emmanuel Unuabonah, a chemist at Redeemer's University in Ede, Nigeria, read a scientific paper that made him feel "betrayed." In it, four Nigerian researchers presented data copied from a paper by the German researcher as their own.

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WHAT IS AFRICA’S REAL SHARE OF GLOBAL SCIENCE?

14 June 2018, Research Africa

Africa’s share of global research is often put at between 2 and 3 per cent. But this is probably an overestimate, a pair of Dutch scientists argue. Reports of Africa’s share being over 2 per cent do not take into consideration the proportion of African authors on a paper, they say. If this is done, Africa’s share is closer to 1 per cent.

AFRICAN SCIENTISTS CALL FOR MORE CONTROL OF THEIR CONTINENT’S GENOMIC DATA

18 April 2018, Nature

As the genomics revolution finally turns its attention to Africa and northern researchers flock there to collect data, scientists from the continent are demanding a larger role in projects.

ECOLOGISTS UP IN ARMS OVER CAPE TOWN’S PLANS TO EASE WATER CRISIS BY DRILLING INTO AQUIFER

February 26, 2018, Science

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—In the mountains east of here there are plants so rare they are only found in an area the size of a soccer field. Some could be extinct in a matter of months, ecologists warn, if city officials proceed with plans to drill into aquifers to help ease a looming water crisis.

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SOUTH AFRICAN SCIENCE FACES ITS FUTURE

7 February 2018, Nature

A generation of black scientists is gearing up to transform the research landscape.

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OBITUARY: CALESTOUS JUMA (1953–2017)

12 January 2018, Nature

International-affairs scholar who championed science for African development.

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SUDAN SEEKS A SCIENCE REVIVAL

15 December 2017, Science

The U.S. government has lifted economic sanctions on Sudan. Now, émigré scientists are eager to resume collaborations.

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WHAT IS AFRICA’S REAL SHARE OF GLOBAL SCIENCE?

14 June 2018, Research Africa

Africa’s share of global research is often put at between 2 and 3 per cent. But this is probably an overestimate, a pair of Dutch scientists argue. Reports of Africa’s share being over 2 per cent do not take into consideration the proportion of African authors on a paper, they say. If this is done, Africa’s share is closer to 1 per cent.

AFRICAN SCIENTISTS CALL FOR MORE CONTROL OF THEIR CONTINENT’S GENOMIC DATA

18 April 2018, Nature

As the genomics revolution finally turns its attention to Africa and northern researchers flock there to collect data, scientists from the continent are demanding a larger role in projects.

ECOLOGISTS UP IN ARMS OVER CAPE TOWN’S PLANS TO EASE WATER CRISIS BY DRILLING INTO AQUIFER

February 26, 2018, Science

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—In the mountains east of here there are plants so rare they are only found in an area the size of a soccer field. Some could be extinct in a matter of months, ecologists warn, if city officials proceed with plans to drill into aquifers to help ease a looming water crisis.

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