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How to break free from the stifling grip of luxury journals

Last week was the most mem- orable week of my scientific career. Accompanied by fam- ily,  friends  and colleagues, I was honoured with the award of a Nobel Prize in an unforgettable ceremony and banquet. That same week, I also chose to express highly critical views about deficiencies I perceive in the system scientists use for publishing and rewarding scien- ...

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How safe is chicken imported from China? 5 questions answered

Why is the United States importing chicken from China? Do we have a shortage?  Hardly. The United States is the largest poul- try producer in the world, and the second-largest poultry exporter after Brazil. However, as part of a recent bilateral trade deal, China has agreed to accept imports of beef and liquefied natural gas from the United States. In ...

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Technical skills shortage poses threat to manufacturing sector

In estimated 300,000 Kenyans earn their living in the manufacturing sec- tor. However, over the  past five years, job uncertainties have overshadowed the sector. A signifi- cant number of manufacturers have downsized or closed shop because of tepid growth. Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) indicates that manufactur- ing accounted for 9.2 per cent of the country’s ...

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What camera traps tell us about elephants eating crops

An important conservation goal is to try and ensure that people and wildlife can coexist.  This   is  especially important when it comes to ele- phants, whose large home ranges and long-distance movements take them outside of protected areas. One of the major challenges to coexistence is the use of food crops by elephants. This threatens the live- lihoods, food security ...

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Why it’s so difficult to tackle diabetes in Sub- Saharan Africa

In the 1990s diabetes was seen as a condition that mainly affected rich people in high income countries. Nowadays, it’s one of the leading contributors to death in all countries in the world, driven by increases in national and personal wealth result- ing in people having more disposable income. In addition, urbanisation has led to more and more people living ...

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How the media covered Kenya’s general election

The media has been a critical part of the Kenyan election process. But did they do a good job? I spoke to a variety of sources including journalists, com- mentators and experts and a num- ber of issues came out. Overall, the insights they gave me suggest that the mainstream media’s coverage of the 2017 general election can best be ...

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Why telcos are battling for dominance in mobile data

Popular use of instant messag- ing apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook messenger has led to huge growth in mobile data revenue. Competition for voice and SMS market share has historically been the source of bitter rivalry between Kenyan telcos. A striking example is the 2010-2012 price war, which saw average tariff costs in the market drop by as much ...

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Invisible and ignored: air pollution inside nairobi homes

Air pollution is a visible problem in Kenya’s cap- ital, Nairobi. The city’s poor air quality is evident in   its   congested streets where passenger vehicles, trucks and motorcycle taxis jostle for space while belching clouds of black smoke. Nairobi’s construction boom and practices like the burning of garbage only add to the levels of outdoor air pollutants. The World Health ...

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