Social media users in Kenya and South Africa trust science, but still share COVID-19 hoaxes

Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town and Dani Madrid-Morales, University of Houston The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread disinformation circulating on social media globally. This includes false information about the virus, its origins and possible cures for the disease it causes. Much of the inaccurate information was related to China, the country where the […]

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Nairobi is rapidly losing its green spaces: this could open the door to more diseases

Hundreds of trees have been felled along Nairobi’s Uhuru and Waiyaki highways to make space for a new expressway. CELINE CLERY/AFP via Getty Images Eric Fèvre, University of Liverpool and James Hassell, Yale University There’s been widespread concern in Kenya over the shrinking of green spaces in Nairobi, the capital city. Most recently, there was […]

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Healthcare professionals can help reduce antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites resist the actions of the antimicrobials (drugs) that are designed to kill them, making infections harder to treat hence increasing the risk of the infection. AMR is caused primarily by the inappropriate use and overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals hence reducing unnecessary use […]

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New guidelines for malaria launched

The WHO Guidelines for malaria, launched today, bring together the Organization’s most up-to-date recommendations for malaria in one user-friendly and easy-to-navigate online platform. They are designed to support malaria-affected countries in their efforts to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate a disease that continues to claim more than 400 000 lives each year. Users can access the evidence that […]

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Mary Oyiela Abukutsa Onyango- African Scientist

Mary Abukutsa is a dynamic result-oriented, strategic thinker and transformational leader with a personal mission statement that guides her in touching lives through the provision of excellent service with humility and integrity. She is an internationally recognized scholar, scientist, educator, mentor, leader, and a prolific researcher. She is globally recognized for her pioneering research work […]

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A Namibian Teenager invents a Sim-Less and Airtime-less Phone

The invention of a secondary school student named Simon Petrus got Namibia’s social media abuzz for the right reasons. Simon Petrus created a mobile phone that works with radio frequencies, no sim card nor airtime credit required. Calls can be made to anyone, anywhere, without interruptions, as long as they are done in an area with radiofrequency. The invention, […]

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Eight Common Problems with Science literature literature reviews and how to fix them

Researchers regularly review the literature that’s generated by others in their field. This is an integral part of day-to-day research: finding relevant research, reading and digesting the main findings, summarising across papers, and making conclusions about the evidence base as a whole. However, there is a fundamental difference between brief, narrative approaches to summarising a […]

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