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Space Science capabilities earn South Africa global recognition


South Africa has won an extraordinary victory in space science, with the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) being selected by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to become the designated regional provider of space weather information to the entire aviation sector using African airspace.

This means that every aircraft flying in the continent’s airspace will rely on SANSA for the space weather information it needs to submit as part of its flight plan. 

Space weather, which can influence the performance and reliability of aviation and other technological systems, is caused by the Sun, the nature of the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere, and the Earth’s location in the solar system. 

SANSA, an entity…

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Kingsmead top achiever hopes to tackle African challenges through science



Chantal Maina is among 16 of the school’s top achievers who obtained five or more distinctions in their Independent Examination Board (IEB) exams.


Chantal Maina. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG – One of Kingsmead College’s top matric 2018 achievers hopes to follow a career path in science to help tackle challenges faced by Africans on the continent.

Maina is among 16 of the school’s top achievers who obtained five or more distinctions in their Independent Examination Board (IEB) exams.

The IEB matric class of 2018 achieved a 98.92% pass rate, up from 98.76% for the class…

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Uchôa on Rusert, 'Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture'



Britt Rusert. Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture. America and the Long 19th Century Series. New York: New …
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Launch of the African Open Science Platform


During South Africa’s fourth Science Forum, the anticipated vision and strategy of the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) was announced. This pan-African endeavour aims to position African scientists at the cutting edge of data intensive science by stimulating interactivity and creating opportunity through the development of efficiencies of scale, the creation of critical mass through shared capacities, and amplifying impact through a commonality of purpose and voice.

The AOSP was presented by Dr Khotso Mokhele, co-chairperson of the advisory council of the AOSP [and former President of the National Research Foundation (NRF)], and was acknowledged by the Minister of Science and Technology (DST), Minister Kubayi-Ngubane.

The conceptualisation of the AOSP was initiated during the 2015…

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Canada denied visas to dozens of Africans for a big artificial intelligence conference | Science


Black In AI

MONTREAL, CANADA—Dozens of African researchers were denied visas for an artificial intelligence (AI) meeting here last week, even as the Canadian government takes steps to advance the country’s standing in AI and the field aims for greater inclusivity.

Black in AI, a daylong workshop for scientists of African descent held in conjunction with the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), a leading AI conference, had invited more than 200 scientists from Africa to participate. But about half of the visa applications led…

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Africa’s science ‘millionaires’: survey spotlights top-funded researchers


Agriculture is one of the best-funded research fields in Africa.Credit: Joerg Boethling/Alamy

Africa’s research funding system has created few winners: only 2% or so of scientists from just a handful of countries and fields report receiving million-dollar grants, while almost half say they don’t receive any research funding.

The big grants tend to be in fields favoured by foreign funders, such as agriculture and health sciences. That’s because most research in Africa is still financed by agencies based in Europe, the United States and China, says a report published on 6 November, called The Next Generation of Scientists in Africa.

The report is based on a four-year international study jointly funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung foundation in Germany, and the…

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