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These researchers are turning plastic bottles into prosthetic limbs
The artificial limbs were made by grinding down plastic bottles and spinning the grains into polyester yarns which were heated to produce a light, sturdy substance that could be easily moulded.
'This is Africa's century' - what we learned at WEF Africa 2019
The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) looks good on paper, but how will it be implemented? South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, gave the rosiest assessment of the situation.
93 million children with disabilities deserve a chance at education
Very few young people with disabilities get the chance to proceed to higher education and training. The WHO found that only 5-15% of children who need assistive devices have access to them.
Here’s how to make Africa’s aviation industry soar
While it is evident that aviation in Africa has the potential to fuel economic growth, several barriers exist.
What to expect from WEF Africa 2019
More than 1,000 regional and global leaders from politics, business, civil society and academia will meet to discuss how Africa build on its potential.
Factories are no longer the sure route to prosperity. Here's why
For pineapple producers in Benin, better branding, marketing, and packaging opens the doors to regional and international sales far more lucrative than selling unprocessed fruit in local markets.
Things are bad and getting worse for SA. Or are they?
South Africa has a relatively stable economy, as seen by its GDP growth, which has been the lowest in volatility when compared against BRIC peers over 1994-2017.
Cape Town almost ran out of water. Here's how it averted the crisis
The city also significantly hiked tariffs as well as rolling out management devices, which set a daily limit on the water supply to properties.
How falling demand for oil is set to transform international relations
Leading energy industry players and analysts – the energy-forecasting ‘establishment’ – are seriously underestimating the speed and depth of this transition.
Why society is paying the price of inequality
Mike Brewer says it’s increasingly clear that high levels of inequality damage our health and well-being, harm social cohesion and levels of trust, and act as a brake on economic performance.
China and the US need to embrace the idea of benign competition. Here’s why
Views differ on the essence of China-US competition. Most watchers see it as a classic power competition caused by a shrinking gap in strength between the two countries.
The quest to save the banana from extinction
To understand how we got here, we need to take a look back at the history of the banana, and in particular the middle of the last century, when a crisis that had been growing for decades was threatening to bring down whole economies and leave thousands destitute.
EXPLAINER: How the world can gear up for the fight against cancer
Cancer is on the rise – but so is our knowledge of how to prevent and treat it.
Light pollution: the dark side of keeping the lights on
Light pollution is the excessive and obtrusive light produced by humans at night. This light is from artificial sources, mainly electricity from houses, offices, streetlamps, billboards or car headlights.
Hackers are causing blackouts. It's time to boost our cyber resilience
Over the past 10 years, the electricity sector has experienced significant cyber attacks – the map below provides a non-exhaustive snapshot.
The countries most ready for the global energy transition
Limiting global warming depends on a rapid transition from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy sources. Yet many countries continue to rely on coal-fired power to meet rising demand for energy.
What happiness can teach us about how we measure human development
The index presents a stark picture, but by measuring what matters – beyond only GDP – the data shows how fragility and crisis block the arteries of progress.
3 ways that big data reveals what you really like to watch, read and listen to
Big data provides better visibility into what books and shows people actually spend their time enjoying.