Mobile technology can help solve Africa’s social problems

Mobile technology can help solve Africa’s social problems

The ability for mobile technology to solve major social problems in Africa is unprecedented, says Communication Minister Dina Pule. “From health to education, mobile technology is changing the way all sectors of society do business,” she said during her address to the Second e-Skills Summit 2012 and Global ICT Forum on Human Capital Development in […]

Border posts go hi-tech

Border posts go hi-tech

The modernisation of South Africa‚Äôs border control technology is easing the process for people taking cargo across national borders, and making it harder for criminals to dodge the system. Besides making trade a lot smoother, the process is also facilitating the entry of tourists into the country. Modernisation of the customs procedure is the single […]

India warns Twitter over ethnic violence rumours

India warns Twitter over ethnic violence rumours

India threatened to take action yesterday against Twitter over content alleged to have inflamed ethnic tensions, as leaked documents revealed the government scrambling to censor online material. More than 309 orders have been issued demanding the removal of posts, images and links on websites including Facebook and Twitter as well as Australian news channel ABC, […]

Rice gene that frees nutrients from soil could boost yields by 20%

Rice gene that frees nutrients from soil could boost yields by 20%

A rice gene isolated from Indian plants could boost crop yields at least 20 per cent as it increases uptake of the vital but often trapped nutrient phosphorus, scientists said Thursday. The finding will aid food security for farmers on nutrient-poor land, adding to global production, and help increase their incomes, the Philippines-based International Rice […]

Taiwanese develop soft rice for elderly

Taiwanese develop soft rice for elderly

Taiwanese researchers said Thursday they have developed a strain of rice that cooks particularly soft for elderly people to meet the needs of a rapidly greying society. The new strain was developed by the Miaoli District Agricultural Research And Extension Station in central Taiwan after a decade-long process and was expected to hit the market […]

Record Polar Cap summer melt expected

Record Polar Cap summer melt expected

The Arctic ice cap is melting at a startlingly rapid rate and may shrink to its smallest-ever level within weeks as the planet’s temperatures rise, US scientists have said. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder said that the summer ice in the Arctic was already nearing its lowest level recorded, even though the […]

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