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We must go beyond singular responses in the fight against child poverty

Two-thirds of children in sub-Saharan Africa face all manners of hardship. These include poor living condi- tions, low educational outcomes, high levels of malnutrition and often high risks of exposure to different forms of violence. One in five chil- dren in sub-Saharan Africa are esti- mated to grow up in extreme “mon etary” poverty, meaning they live in families without ...

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Health check: six tips for losing weight without fad diets

Monday – start diet. Tuesday – break diet! Wednesday – plan to start again next Monday. If this is you, it’s probably time to get off the diet roller coaster and make some bigger changes to the way you eat, drink and think about food. Here are six tips to help you get started. Improve your diet quality score When ...

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Affordable housing proves life-changing, but poses unexpected risks for women

South Africa is known around the world for its significant housing pro- gramme, and India has made substantial efforts to develop its cities. Providing free or affordable housing brings obvious benefits to residents who have lived in desperately poor conditions with no water, electricity or sanitation, in precarious informal structures. But research in these two con- texts has found that ...

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What affects people’s brain function as they grow older?

The world’s population is aging and for the first time ever there are more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 5. This global trend is reflect- ed in many sub-Saharan African countries, including South Africa. As people age, they experience a number of biological changes. These can include cognitive decline such as the ability to ...

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What Kenya has going for it in bid for security council seat

The UN’s Security Council has the primary respon- sibility of maintaining international peace and security. It enjoys robust powers including the imposition of sanctions and authorisation of military action when international peace is threatened. Given the Council’s preeminent role in internation- al affairs it is not surprising that most states aspire to membership. The composition of the Security Council has ...

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Women using heroin in Kenya: why it’s important to intervene early in life

Heroin is the main drug taken by injection in Kenya. Mostly found and used in Kenya’s big cities Mombasa and Nairobi – it’s hard to know just how widespread heroin use is. But estimates range between 18 000 and 33 000 people. There are concerns that heroin use is growing but also concern over the high HIV infection rates of ...

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Could an artificial intelligence be considered a person under the law?

Humans aren’t the only people in society – at least according to the law. In the U.S., corpora-tions have been given rights of free speech and religion. Some natu- ral features also have person-like rights. But both of those required changes to the legal system. A new argument has laid a path for artificial intelligence systems to be recognized as ...

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Why a computer will never be truly conscious

Many advanced artificial intelligence projects say they are working toward building a conscious machine, based on the idea that brain functions merely encode and process multisensory information. The assumption goes, then, that once brain functions are properly understood, it should be possible to program them into a computer. Microsoft recently announced that it would spend US$1 billion on a project ...

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Cloud computing could be key to speeding up Africa’s development

Earlier this year, 17 African countries presented their progress on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, at the United Nations. There was some good news and progress. But it’s clear that rad- ical interventions are still required if countries on the continent are to achieve these ambitious global development goals. Technology will be key in any such interventions. Doubling ...

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