Africa makes strides in Internet access and usage

Africa makes strides in Internet access and usage

For the first time, more than half of the world’s population is using the Internet and it is sub-Saharan Africa that is making the greatest progress. The ITU, a United Nations agency devoted to information and communication technologies, released a report Friday that estimates that 3.9 billion people, or 51.2…

Okpokwasili named MacArthur grant recipient

Okpokwasili named MacArthur grant recipient

Okwui Okpokwasili, a choreographer and dancer of Nigerian descent, has been named a 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of what are commonly called the MacArthur “genius grants.” She’ll receive USD$625,000 across the next five years, as well as the visibility that comes with the prestigious award.  Okpokwasili, raised…

Study: City wastewater may work as fertilizer

Would local agriculture benefit if treated human wastewater from cities like Abidjan, Lagos and Kinshasa was applied to nearby fields? Yes, in some cases, say the authors of a new study published in Nature Sustainability. The research team from the University of Illinois in the United States looked at 56…

Osinbajo touts tech at Google for Nigeria

African youth and the continent’s future will shape the planet in coming decades, and technology is the key to unlock that potential, said Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during the Google for Nigeria event in Lagos. “In Nigeria, we cannot train our nearly 200 million young people by 2045, in…

Scientists in Botswana find rare fragments from asteroid impact

Researchers working in Botswana say they’ve found asteroid fragments scattered across the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), a discovery that followed the sudden arrival of the asteroid and subsequent meteor fireball witnessed last month across southern Africa. This is only the second time in history that a small asteroid observed…

Science offers new hope for Kenya’s northern white rhino

Wildlife experts at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya were thrilled to hear the news Wednesday that scientists, working to save the nearly extinct northern white rhino, found a breakthrough in their search to develop an embryo suitable for assisted reproduction. Scientists at Avantea announced that their technique for developing…

Madagascar: Scientist helps to discover new sea current

A researcher from Madagascar, with his South African and French counterparts, has discovered the existence of a coastal current off the island nation’s coast that may lead to improved fishing and marine industry management. Work from their study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, is part of a collaboration that includes…

Tanzania rolls out new electronic passport system

Tanzania on Wednesday launched its new e-immigration system, designed to improve border security and migration at home while the new passports comply with international travel standards across the globe. “Tanzania is taking a leap forward in providing an electronic passport for our citizens,” said Anna Peter Makakala, Tanzania’s Commissioner General…

Paleontologists find new dinosaur species in Sahara

Scientists say they’ve discovered a new species of dinosaur in the Sahara Desert that will help to fill in gaps in the African fossil record that have long frustrated paleontologists. The new species, Mansourasaurus shahinae, is named after the Mansoura University in Egypt, whose team led by Dr. Hesham Sallam…