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Award-winning water filter uses nanotechnology and sand to make clean H2o

A water filter that can absorb anything from copper and fluoride to bacteria, viruses and pesticides has won a prestigious African innovation prize. The award-winning device uses an unlikely mix of nanotechnology and sand to treat contaminated water, turning potentially life-threatening H2o into clean, safe and cheap drinking water. Askwar Hilonga, the Tanzanian chemical engineer […]

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Groundbreaking gravity lamp on cusp of being mass-produced in Kenya

In areas of developing countries where electricity is either unreliable or non-existent, kerosene lamps are the go-to choice for illuminating a household in the evening. Unfortunately, inhaling burning kerosene is not all that healthy for the human body and an accidentally knocked-over open flame can quickly turn a home into a tinderbox. In lieu of electricity for […]

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Cape Town artist illuminates plight of Table Mountain’s endemic species with roadside spectacle

A Cape Town artist is gaining international attention after installing an eye-catching series of glowing animals along a South African highway. The Endemic Project is an immersive visual-audio installation dotted along a densely forested road near Cape Town. The project is the brainchild of local artist Bryan Little, who is hoping to raise awareness of the unique […]

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BitPesa: Kenya’s million dollar bitcoin startup is taking over Africa

Africa’s reputation as a gigantic incubator for experiments in cryptocurrency got another boost this week when Kenyan startup BitPesa announced that it is expanding into neighbouring Tanzania, just one year after its launch. The mobile-friendly digital currency exchange has already raised $1.8 million from international investors and is expected to continue to spread across Africa into the […]

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8 visions for Africa: African Development Bank presidential hopefuls unveil their aims

The African Development Bank is electing a new president. Current leader Donald Kaberuka is stepping down after a decade at the helm, a time in which the outgoing president has been credited with steering the bank through the chaos of the 2008 crash and driving up infrastructure lending. Eight candidates are in the running to take charge […]

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