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Tag Archives: SciDev.Net

A step towards better science for education policy

By SciDev.Net – Connie St Louis Evidence-based policy. It’s one of those phrases that has become ubiquitous. But what exactly does it mean? And perhaps more importantly, where is that evidence coming from, and can it be trusted as a basis for formulating policy? The NGO The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) has been wrestling with such questions in …

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Diplomats told to study science and health

By SciDev.Net – Inga Vesper Diplomats need better training in science and health to support international collaborations dealing with shared problems and increase the scientific capacity of developing countries, a UK summit has heard. When it comes to science diplomacy, both rich and poor nations must do more to involve foreign affairs officials in research efforts and cooperation, said a …

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Smart’ umbrella to keep Hajj pilgrims cool and connected

By SciDev.Net – Mohamed El-Sayed Born in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Kamel Badawi has served Hajj pilgrims as a volunteer every season since he was a young boy. More recently, he turned his attention to innovation, cooperating with a Palestinian designer to create a ‘smart umbrella’ with solar cells — not only to protect pilgrims from the sun, but also to …

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Tunisian digital revolution opens up education

By – SciDev.Net – Imogen Mathers Around the world, universities face myriad challenges: how to educate as many students as possible, while keeping the quality of teaching and research high, and responding to the pressures of globalisation and privatisation. Tunisia has met some of these challenges by embracing the power of digital technology to support students, explains digital education specialist …

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African beekeeping stops mites wiping out hives

By SciDev.Net – Inga Vesper Traditional African beekeeping methods offer better protection against hive-destroying varroa mites than pesticides which, according to a study, are losing their potency. The mites, which attach to bees and suck their body fluids, are increasingly resistant to pyrethroids, according to a study, published yesterday in PLOS One. The research shows that genetic mutations are enabling …

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Don’t wait for crises to reach public with science

By Tolu Oni – SciDev.Net Young researchers in particular should get support to engage society routinely, says Tolu Oni. A wide range of players, from policymakers to the media, often consult scientists at times of crisis or social controversy. At such times, how the public perceives the credibility and relevance of scientists to society is vital to how their views …

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Cheap device for examining eyes successfully tested

By Inga Vesper – SciDev.Net A simple eye examining device that may offer a cheap way to improve medical care and training in developing countries has been successfully tested in Africa and Pacific island states. The Arclight is a pocket-sized ophthalmoscope — a medical instrument used to see inside patients’ eyes — equipped with an LED to provide light, a …

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Space data holds the key to a sustainable future

By Giorgia Scaturro – SciDev.Net Better information on the planet’s ecosystems and how they are changing can feed into policy and development, and vastly reduce the risks posed by natural disasters. In our globalising world, the havoc wreaked by climate change and environmental challenges in one place can have impacts much further afield — harvest losses in Kenya can ramp …

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Device focuses on speedier tuberculosis diagnosis

By Vijay Shankar – SciDev.Net A device that can magnify tuberculosis bacteria without using a conventional glass lens could soon replace expensive lens-based microscopes in developing countries, according to a feasibility study published in the journal Tuberculosis. The gadget could diagnose tuberculosis in a sample within seven days, while also reducing the danger of lab technicians catching the disease, the …

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Bread wheat genome to be decoded by end of 2017

By – Daisy Dunne – SciDev.Net The full genetic sequence of bread wheat will be available within two years, a global network of scientists has said earlier this month. The project’s researchers said on 6 January that decoding the genetics of bread wheat — which they say is the world’s most widely grown cereal — should help wheat breeders in …

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