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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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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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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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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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Soil project seeks to soak up excess carbon

By Tania Rabesandratana – SciDev.Net France is leading a worldwide push to increase the amount of carbon locked in soils through better farming practices. Supporters of an initiative launched at the COP 21 summit say this would limit global warming by removing carbon from the atmosphere, while also increasing the range and amount of food farmers produce by improving soil …

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How to reach a wider audience for your research

By – Juan Pablo Alperin – Alessandra Bordini – SciDev.Net In today’s age of knowledge abundance, the scholarly community is turning its attention to the use of social media channels and other online platforms. Scholars have been increasingly integrating these tools into their everyday work, creating enormous potential to capture the digital traces of their research. Not surprisingly, then, in …

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Edible insects inch one step close

By Andrea Rinaldi – SciDev.Net  Farming insects on a large scale is no more of a biological or chemical hazard than other livestock farming, says a report by a European food safety body. The report, which looks at the potential of insects as food or animal feed, says the microbiological, chemical and environmental risks of insect farming are similar to …

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Data doesn’t always tell the whole story

By – Nicola Pearson – SciDev.Net Analysing ever-increasing amounts of data — particularly digital data — is generally considered the Holy Grail of categorising people’s behaviour to target services in line with it. This doesn’t just mean commercial, personalised marketing based on our online habits, but also, in development terms, directing policies to create and target services where they are most …

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View on Migration: Universities welcome Syrian scholars

By SciDev.Net – Shyamantha Asokan Universities around the world are providing refuge for dozens of Syrian academics who have fled the brutal civil war. The Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF), part of the US-based Institute of International Education, has found placements at host universities for 80 Syrian scholars since the conflict began in 2011. In the United Kingdom, a charity called …

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