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Mixing science and traditional knowledge in forestry

Source – Joel Winston: SciDev.Net Local knowledge mixed with scientific enquiry lets indigenous community enterprises profit from forests, reports Joel Winston. Spanning over 650 million hectares globally and boasting plentiful resources, community-run forests provide important income for 400 million indigenous people who generate up to US$100 billion annually, according to a recent report by the International Institute for Environment and …

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Is science journalism ignoring censorship?

By Nick Ishmael Perkins – SciDev.Net World Press Freedom Day was observed on 3 May as usual this year. It marks one of the handful of moral absolutes in our civilisation: the desire for journalists to hold the powerful to account and document current events. But it also presents an opportunity for media professionals to reflect on their practice. Two …

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SMIC and Other Groups Collaborate to Setup the “IC Advanced Technology Research Institute” to Put Research Into the Fast Lane

China’s largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry – Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), today announced that SMIC, Wuhan Xinxin, Tsinghua University, Beijing University, Fudan University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Microelectronics have collaborated to setup the “IC Advanced Technology Research Institute” to create the most advanced IC technology research and development institution in China. …

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Water-saving innovations in Chinese agriculture

Scientists from China, Australia and Canada have published a critical review of China’s freshwater shortage and associated agricultural production and environmental issues. Featured in the prestigious journal Advances in Agronomy, the article was co-authored by Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique and Winthrop Research Professor Neil Turner, both from The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture. “China faces severe freshwater shortages, …

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Scientists call for tougher treaty to protect the deep ocean

By Nick Kennedy – Sci.Dev.Net A new international agreement is needed to police the exploitation of the deep ocean because of the rising threats of deep-sea mining and bottom trawling for fish, say scientists.Speakers at a symposium this month (16 February) urged the UN to negotiate a new treaty for the deep ocean to supplement the UN Convention on the …

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Young scientists neglected in developing world

By Rehab Abd Almohsen A lack of resources, training and funding opportunities are the most cited obstacles facing young researchers in the developing world, according to a survey by the Global Young Academy (GYA), a group that supports young scientists. The Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) report, published last month (21 January), assessed the needs of young researchers around …

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Open data movement faces fresh hurdles

By Jan Piotrowski – SciDev.Net The open-data community made great strides in 2013 towards increasing the reliability of and access to information, but more efforts are needed to increase its usability on the ground and the general capacity of those using it, experts say. An international network of innovation hubs, the first extensive open data certification system and a data …

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Turning scientific consensus into development policy

By Heneri Dzinotyiweyi – SciDev.Net Poor nations need a framework to bolster development plans through relevant research, says Heneri Dzinotyiweyi. There are obvious differences between developed and developing countries in the extent to which science policy and governance contribute to progress, and in how successfully this has been done. But how can we best go about using science to ‘invent …

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Gender equality should be part of basic science training

By Shirley Malcolm – SciDev.Net Architects’ training offers a model of how avoiding gender bias can be instilled into scientists, says Shirley Malcom. Women are poorly represented in science, and in most areas of engineering, despite legal requirements for equal opportunity in many countries. Major reasons for this include a lack of opportunity for education, advanced training and meaningful employment. …

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SA seeks investment from Asia, Middle East

South Africa hosted the Asia-Middle East Investment Seminar in Cape Town on Thursday, with the aim of seeking investment from the regions. “We aim to cover all the provinces in due course,” Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Marius Fransman, told delegates at the seminar, which focuses on investment opportunities in the Western Cape province. Fransman urged participants to …

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