Today’s Solutions: June 18, 2024

In Africa, a novel and afford

In Africa, a novel and affordable meningitis vaccine shows promise

The Serum Institute of India and global health organization Path successfully tested a highly effective and affordable meningitis vaccine in Africa, in a ground-breaking development. The NmCV-5 vaccine has the ability to protect against the five primary meningococcal disease strains found in Read More...

Being human together

Being human together

The African equivalent to Rene Descartes’s famous dictum, “I think, therefore I am,” which is the foundation of much modern Western culture, is called ubuntu and goes something like this: “We are, therefore I am.” Or: “I exist to the extent that others acknowledge and respect Read More...

Pufferfish-inspired floating houses for Ganvie village in Benin

Pufferfish-inspired houses help lake village adapt to sea-level rise

We decided to dust off this older article with an incredible solution to sea-level rise.  Situated entirely on water, the lake village of Ganvie in Benin is often dubbed the “Venice of Africa”. And just like the historical Italian city, the village is increasingly threatened by sea-level Read More...

Great Green Wall

UN experts and analysts plan to reinvigorate the “Great Green Wall”

The African Great Green Wall is a titanic ambition to restore an 8,000 square kilometer expanse across the continent, from Djibouti in the East to Senegal in the West. In the face of increasing desertification from climate change, the initiative aims to restore 100 million hectares (386,000 square Read More...

Person stood on a world map, wearing a hat, and pointing.

Here’s why the world map you know is wrong

Most people lucky enough to receive an education will have seen the 2D printed projection of a map of the Earth. This image has allowed people everywhere to learn about our big wide world, all from one piece of paper. Though sorry to break it to you, these aren’t actually the true proportions of Read More...

Ancient human skull found in modern day Ethiopia.

Ancient humans wandered Ethiopia long before previously predicted

Out of Africa One of the most prevalent questions in the human psyche is “where did we come from?”. People have different evolutionary theories about the exact movements and locations of early Homo sapiens, though it is widely accepted that Africa was our species' birthplace. Numerous Read More...

An African doctor holding a covid 19 vaccine vial in his hands while wearing blue surgical gloves and surgical scrubs.

Pandemic spurs surge in African medical tech

Tech innovations have helped improve food resilience in countries like Rwanda and Ethiopia, but a new study indicates that health tech is also expanding rapidly across Africa, spurred by the pandemic. More than 60 new and existing private firms now offer health products to consumers and medical Read More...

LGBTQ flag painted next to Botswana flag

Botswana decriminalizes homosexuality

Back in 2019, campaigners in Botswana fought to remove jail sentences for those caught in same-sex relationships, arguing that the punishment (which, since 1965, is up to seven years in prison) is unconstitutional. The country’s High Court ruled in favor of the campaigners much to their Read More...

How a self-taught electrician

How a self-taught electrician in Malawi brought electricity to his village

According to UN-backed Sustainable Energy for All, only 11 percent of Malawi’s population of 19 million people have access to electricity, making it one of the least electrified nations in the world. The people of the Yobe Nkosi village are part of the 96 percent of the country’s rural Read More...

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Researchers discover ancient four-legged whale in Egypt

While it’s rather difficult to picture whales outside their vast marine habitats, the early ancestors of these gigantic creatures were actually terrestrial — and a recent discovery of new four-legged whale species brings to light more exciting evidence about the animals’ evolution from land Read More...