Science & Tech

How science is leading the Rwandan recovery

Since the civil war, Rwanda has invested strongly in science to help build its economy. Before the war, agriculture was Rwanda’s main industry. But, during the conflict, many farmers had to flee their homes and farms, so could not work anymore. This damaged Rwanda’s economy. Since the war ended, Rwanda

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Entropy: chaos in science

Scientists aim to provide explanations for how our world works. Concepts like gravity and heat help us to understand what happens around us. Entropy is a similar concept and dictates how everything in the Universe works. WHAT IS ENTROPY? There are many different ways to define entropy. The easiest way

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How Smart Lockers Could Transform Pharmacies

(Listen to this article on the Sky Alpha Breakfast Show) Neo Hutiri is the winner of the 2019 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. The South African engineer has designed a collection of ‘smart lockers’, managed by his company Pelebox. These aim to help combat the current strain on the public

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How Can Drones Help Save Lives?

WHAT ARE DRONES? Drones are small remotely-controlled flying machines. They do not carry people, but can carry supplies. They also usually have cameras mounted on them. These allow the person flying them to see what they are doing, and also allow for photos to be taken looking down from above.

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Glass: almost a solid

Glass is a wonderful material with a variety of uses. We use it in many everyday items, from bottles to cameras. It is transparent, long-lasting and recyclable. However, glass is also a strange material – it is neither a solid nor a liquid, but something in-between! WHAT IS GLASS? Glass

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What are the dangers of social media and how can we avoid them?

HOW CAN THEY BE DANGEROUS? There has been a huge increase in internet access in sub-Saharan Africa over the last few years. Internet access means access to social media and social community platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Nairaland. It lets people stay in touch with their friends and

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