Science & Tech

Artificial Intelligence and its Development in Africa

WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE? Artificial intelligence, or ‘AI’, is a field of computer science. AI systems can perform certain tasks by mimicking human intelligence. HOW DOES IT WORK? Ordinary computers run using special sets of instructions, called algorithms, which are written by people. An algorithm tells the computer exactly how

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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Against Disease

Diseases are often spread by mosquitoes. Some of the main diseases spread by mosquitoes include: Malaria, Zika, Dengue and Yellow Fever. Malaria caused the deaths of 435,000 people in 2017. 9 out of 10 of these cases occurred in sub-saharan Africa. Researchers are trying to combat Malaria by targeting the

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Africa’s Women in Science

The proportion of women studying science is low due to gender inequality in many countries. Because of this, girls are often discouraged from pursuing careers in the sciences. Here, we celebrate the achievements of the women who overcame this adversity through their passion for science. WANGARI MAATHAI Maathai was a

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How do Machines Learn?

Machine learning has been a growing area of technology for the last few decades. Now computer scientists are able to write code that allows computers to learn to play games, identify objects in images, and much more besides. WHAT IS AN ALGORITHM? An algorithm is a sequence of instructions. For

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Tupuca: the exciting developments of Angola’s first food delivery service

Delivery apps are becoming more prominent in Africa and are an important way of reducing time spent shopping for foods and other essential goods. One such example is Tupuca; Angola’s first delivery app. Tupuca has expanded to include goods such as coal and livestock, and is currently working with Roque

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Scientific African: what is it and why is it important?

The development of science and research in Africa has taken an important step forward. In April this year, Africa’s first “mega-journal” was launched. Its name is “Scientific African”, and it has the potential to transform how research is done in Africa. WHAT IS SCIENTIFIC AFRICAN? Scientific African is a scientific

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What is air pollution?

Air pollution is the term used to describe the dirtying of the air we breathe in. Air it is not always obvious, in some cases, a visible smog (thick smoke) can be seen, but not all air pollution can be seen by the eye. Pollution of the air takes place

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