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Participants in the Finote Hiwot project to end child, early and forced marriage in Ethiopia. Department for International Development/Jessica Lea

How decent data can help African girls overcome second class status

A number of African states are taking positive steps to combat violence against girls and child marriage. But social and cultural barriers can nullify national laws and strategies.
Businesses need to consult customers to work out what is reasonable when it comes to using and securing their data.

Business Briefing: Trusting business to take care of your data

Business Briefing: Trusting business to take care of your data. The Conversation14.7 MB (download)
Businesses need to take the lead to show customers and governments that industry can handle data management, says former ACCC chief Graeme Samuel.
The NFL joins the Age of Metrics. Chart with field via

The NFL joins the data revolution in sports

With chips embedded in footballs in Thursday night games, the NFL is moving toward a data-driven future. How will fans, media and teams benefit?
Religious teachers can feel uncomfortable explaining the science of evolution to their pupils. Shutterstock

Evolution vs creation: teachers try to balance faith and their lessons

Many South African teachers don't accept the theory of evolution. They feel deeply conflicted when they have to teach it to their pupils as part of the life sciences curriculum.
Education groups need to make sure they use data to make useful comparisons that are in no way misleading. from

OECD figures are not what they seem in higher education

The way the higher education sector uses data from the OECD is often technically correct, but substantively misleading.
Demand is growing for statistical ecologists to research climate change. Rapidly growing mega-cities in Africa, like Lagos, face the highest risks. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

What’s on the to-do list for Africa’s statistical ecologists

Some of the most in-demand ecologists in Africa are specialists in statistics. But this is currently a scarce skill combination in Africa.
A new development could mean vastly increase data transfer over optical fibre cables. Shutterstock

Twisted light could dramatically boost internet speeds

The design of a new chip to detect the twisted nature of light waves could pave the way for next generation of optical communication technologies.

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