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The picturesque lake straddling Rwanda and the DR Congo has a dark side. (Photo/ Flickr/ Steve Evans)

What’s So Special About Kivu? Here’s Why Exploring For Oil In This Little Lake Is A Very Big Deal

There is over 60km of methane gas dissolved in the deep water of the lake; the supersaturated gas would release spontaneously if the deep water was displaced upward – just like a soda bottle pops when it is vigorously shaken


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Millet has high levels of iron and other micronutrients, is very tolerant to drought and can keep for a long time. (Photo/ Flickr/ Rootytoot)

Going Back To Your Roots: Africa Must Re-Adopt Its ‘Orphan Crops’ In The Face Of A Changing Environment

More than 95% of the global populations food needs relies on maize, rice and wheat, with global food security dependent on fewer than 30 plant species. Indigenous African crops can battle a range of stresses like drought


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Melkbos beach in Cape Town. Africa has 38 coastal states and six island nations. (Photo/ Flickr/ Jonathan Gill)

The ‘Blue Economy’: Africa’s Oceans And Their Vast Potential, Plus A Maritime Industry That Is Already Worth $1 Trillion

Collectively, African coastal and island states encompass vast ocean territories of an estimated 13 million sq. km. Many are failing to ensure safe and secure conditions for those working and living off the oceans


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Formerly a disco, the i Club is a shared open space on the campus of IBM Research - Africa and the University of the Witwatersrand, where students and IBM scientists can meet and collaborate. (Photo/ IBM Research-Africa)

Reaching For The Stars: African Scientists Punching Above Their Weight And Changing the World

The range of research being undertaken is remarkable in view of the size of Africa’s overall contribution: from galaxies to viruses; from agriculture to malaria; and from drought to oceanography.


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Ominous sunset in Mozambique: Given high rates of infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa such as tuberculosis, HIV and malaria, the global community has historically neglected causes of death such as suicide. (Photo/ Flickr/ Aquila)

Investigating The ‘Suicide Crisis’ In Mozambique – Plus Why More Women Attempt Suicide, But More Men Succeed

Women tended to use less lethal methods such as poisoning, whereas men appear to attempt less often but use more lethal methods such as hanging