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Makame Makame from the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Programme holds one of the drones used to map malaria vectors. Andy Hardy

How drones are being used in Zanzibar’s fight against malaria

Epidemiologists and public health managers are looking to complement indoor-based malaria solutions with those that focus on the outdoors. Drones are a crucial part of their armoury.
Tapping into ancient DNA can help us understand ancient humans’ movements and lives. Illustration: Marlize Lombard, Maryna Steyn and Anders Högberg

Ancient DNA increases the genetic time depth of modern humans

Archaeology is not only about stones and bones: it is mainly about the people of the past. DNA is one way to get from the stones and the bones to the people and their stories.
US President Donald Trump and African dictator Idi Amin - different, but the same. EPA and Reuters

Idi Amin and Donald Trump - strong men with unlikely parallels

Some may say it's far fetched to compare a 1970s African dictator with the President of the United States. But the similarities between Idi Amin and Donald Trump are quite startling.
Recently, the Sahel has been in the global spotlight due to famines, religious terrorism, anti-state rebellions, and arms, drugs and human trafficking. EPA/KHALED EL FIQI

Sahel region, Africa

The Sahel region of Africa is a 3,860-kilometre arc-like land mass lying to the immediate south of the Sahara Desert and stretching east-west across the breadth of the African continent. A largely semi-arid…
The Olduvai Gorge, in Tanzania, is a cradle of mankind. Climate change will cause frequent and intense weather events in East Africa. Shutterstock

COP22 sets the stage for Africa to mobilise support for adaptation plans

East Africa is a region that will be hit hard by climate change. COP22 in Morocco presents an opportunity for the region to take steps to mitigate these possible harsh effects.

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