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Stories about Science

African Union turns to biosurveillance tech to curb COVID-19

PanaBIOS, an African Union-backed biosurveillance technology, can track the spread of COVID-19 and connect testing centers across the continent.

Livestream of Australia’s penguin parade brings smiles around the world

"Happiness is the daily #PenguinParade @PhillipIslandNP! How can these little penguins not make you smile?"

The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the environment

"If suddenly, skies are more blue, and citizens breathe more freely, they realize a more healthy and sustainable life is within reach."

A rare, golden turtle — first of its kind — discovered in Nepal

The recent discovery of a yellow turtle in India drew a lot of attention, but it's not the first time one has been spotted.

In the Brazilian Amazon, fires and pandemic are a disastrous mix

In the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, the increase in fires in the Amazon could overburden even more the healthcare system, with more cases of respiratory problems.

The Kano COVID-19 deaths: Forced relocations and disinformation creates widespread confusion (Part II)

Forced relocations of children contributed to the possible spread of COVID-19 and online disinformation along ethnoreligious lines added to the general confusion surrounding mass deaths in Kano State, Nigeria.

Part I: Health care information access for women during COVID-19 in East Africa

In Kenya, pregnant women struggle to get uninterrupted access to sexual and reproductive health-related information and education during the pandemic — on and offline. 

Information warfare: COVID-19’s other battleground in the Middle East

As leaders vie to frame narratives and control public opinion on COVID-19, social media is a battlefield where influencers, trolls, bots, and commenter armies fight for influence and power.

Nigerian pastor spreads COVID-19 conspiracies and disinformation

Som Nigerian evangelical pastors act as purveyors of disinformation, half-truths and total falsehood about the coronavirus — with divine conviction.

Are Japanese ‘murder hornets’ invading North America?

It's unlikely they will murder you, but they pose a serious threat to apiaries.

COVID-19, locusts and floods: East Africa's triple dilemma

East Africa's "triple threat" — the coronavirus, locusts, and floods — are not mutually exclusive. In fact, each is inextricably linked.

Zanzibar relies on strong communities of care to confront COVID-19

Zanzibar thrives on unity. A wave of community-based health initiatives has ramped up their presence on the islands to raise awareness and educate islanders about the highly contagious coronavirus.

Malaria vaccine may offer respite from Africa’s greatest health scourge

After three decades of research, the RTS,S malaria vaccine backed by the WHO is getting piloted at a health centre in Kenya for the first time.  

COVID-19 revives grim history of medical experimentation in Africa

Africa 'is not a testing lab' for a COVID-19 vaccine. The debate over human testing in clinical trials speaks to a grim history of medical experimentation and exploitation in Africa.

Impact of COVID-19 containment measures on human rights and civil liberties in the Middle East

COVID-19 measures in the MENA region have especially targeted some of the most vulnerable groups such as detained human rights defenders, migrant workers and independent media. 

A king’s belief in herbal remedies to cure COVID-19 butts up against science in Nigeria

This Nigerian king believes that natural herbs can cure COVID-19. But making unverified claims via Twitter to thousands of followers can be misleading — and dangerous — to the public.

Kenyan star runner Eliud Kipchoge says 2020 Olympics postponement is ‘shocking but noble’

Olympic superstar Eliud Kipchoge was looking forward to competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But the postponement makes sense to him. "We live in a world of uncertainties," he...

Musicians in East Africa rush to produce ‘corona’ songs — even as the industry falters

As COVID-19 sweeps through Africa, musicians have taken a hit with canceled concerts, festivals, tours and interrupted studio time. Yet, they have risen to the challenge by composing catchy tunes.

‘Linguistics is in everything’ from astronomy to everyday life, says this linguist from Trinidad & Tobago

"Trinbagonians are connected through a shared linguocultural history and present — we don’t have to constantly define or explain or substitute our words in our conversations."

A cancer treating yew tree is critically endangered in Nepal

The Taxus mairei plant is regarded as critically endangered in Nepal. Nepal needs concrete steps to conserve these trees and to introduce a sustainable system for collecting the leaves.

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