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‘Learning in Context’ | eLearning Africa program announced

Details of this year’s eLearning Africa conference, which will take place in Mauritius from September 27 – 29, have been announced, with a comprehensive program of relevant events all linking under the theme ‘Learning in Context.’ The congress coincides with UNESCO’s International Day of Universal Access to Information. read more

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South Africa’s first privately owned nanosatellite is set for release from the ISS into orbit

nSight1 is a nanosatellite designed and built in South Africa and is one of 28 nanosatellites from 23 different countries launched on 18 April 2017 from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. nSight1 was onboard a Cygnus cargo spacecraft, United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket en route to the International Space Station (ISS). The next milestone is the orbit injection into low-Earth, between 200km and 400km, which is scheduled for 25 May 2017; subject to ISS operations. read more

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International space project puts South Africa on the satellite industry map

A satellite in the process of being deployed from the International Space Station. The 28 satellites which forms part of the European Union’s QB50 project will all be deployed in this manner over a period of 30 to 60 days while the ISS orbits Earth. Image: NASA

The nSight1 nanosatellite is one of the two South African built satellites which will be deployed from the International Space station within the next two months as part of the European Union QB50 project. The project comprises a total of 28 satellites from 23 different countries which will be used to conduct research in the lower thermosphere to apply to current atmospheric models especially applicable to the reentry trajectory of spacecraft. From left are Dr Sias Mostert, Chairman of the SCS Aerospace Group (www.scsgroup.com), the company that invested in the project, Hendrik Burger, CEO of SCS Space (www.scs-space.com), Chris Böhme and Sonja Goosen both form Pinkmatter Solutions (www.pinkmatter.com) who co-invested in the project and supplies ground segment software for the satellite.

The South African satellite industry is taking yet another step forward as a player in the international arena with the launch of two South African built nanosatellites from Cape Canaveral in Florida within the next few days. read more

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A Boost for African Innovation

BY MALAIKA KAMAU

Launch of a School for Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town introduces a new way of problem solving and solution finding for business and government. read more

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“Secretive” bureaucracy controlling WHO Tobacco Treaty is “a threat to public health” – new report

A recent report from the Royal College of Physicians concluded that vaping is “at least 95% safer” than smoking read more

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Prospects for Economical Fast Transportation across Africa

A unique transportation technology that can offer fast travel durations at competitive prices is being developed in such countries as South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and China. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) classifies the technology as a boat, except that it resembles an aircraft due to its central fuselage and presence of wings. However, commercial aircraft wings are designed to generate a powerful vacuum effect on the top side at high forward speeds, when the aircraft lifts off into the sky. The aircraft look-alike generates zero vacuum effect on the top side of the wings at any speed. read more

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At less than a week to global science forum, Next Einstein Forum launches global call for a new era in science and technology in Africa

700 participants from 80 countries already registered, 52% of them young people and 40% women read more

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Premium Education Event kicks off on 1 July

Eduweek, Honouring Excellence within the African Education Industry read more

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6th World Congress on Biotechnology

6th World Congress on Biotechnology going to be held during November 30-December 02, 2015, Hyderabad, India. Biotechnology-2015 is the premier event which brings together a unique and International mix of experts, researchers and decision makers both from academia, Biotech, Pharmaceutical and healthcare industry all around the globe to exchange their knowledge, experience and research innovations to built a biotechnology community. This forum enables a common platform where any participant can discuss their research in order to establish a scientific network that binds together the academia with industry leads to foster collaboration and to evaluate the emerging issues, technologies and innovations in the arena of biotechnology and allied fields to explore new possibilities and improving the existed opportunities. read more

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Microsoft and UNEP’s New Virtual World Plays Out Impact of Environmental Degradation and the Fate of the Planet

Open source technology allows scientists, for the first time, to simulate how all organisms on earth interact in a changing environment
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Tsetse fly genome breakthrough brings hope for African farmers / Understanding DNA code for carrier insect will help scientists working to control livestock disease

ROME, Italy, April 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly, prompting hope that the breakthrough will help future efforts to control one of the most devastating livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa spread by the insect.
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Innovation under the Ugandan sun eLearning Africa 2014 programme now available online

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African EduWeek returns to Johannesburg to empower teachers with practical expo and workshops

Focus on technology to assist teachers in the classroom read more

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“If we want all the children of South Africa to have access to quality education, it implies that they should have access to technology to enable this engagement.”

Interview with Andre Christian, Education Business Development Manager at Intel, African EduWeek diamond sponsor. read more

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