Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the eponymous foundation speaks at Pretoria University, Mamelodi Campus. His foundation is particularly active in the field of health care but also finances numerous institutions dedicated to research.
American charitable foundations have gradually established themselves as key players in the African academic sector. If the benefits have been remarkable, there are risks as well.
Starman takes a drive in his Tesla.
Elon Musk is a master of keeping investors believing in the dream of Tesla, but analysis of the company’s output and financials reveal a darker picture.
Basic income: a step forward for women?
Despite a range of laws and policy measures, many gender inequities seem firmly entrenched. One innovative policy measure that could make a difference is basic income.
US President Donald Trump in 2017 and George W. Bush in 2008.
On March 1, Donald Trump imposed a series of steel and aluminum tariffs. To understand their potential impact, it's instructive to look at what happened after George W. Bush enacted similar measures in 2002.
Saliha (left) and Alexia in 2012. Alexia no longer wears the veil.
Agnès De Feo
A number of women who once wore and defended the full Islamic veil known as the niqab later chose to renounce it. Here two of them tell their stories.
While France and the US both guarantee individual religious freedom, the two nations’ approach to religion in the public sphere and the separation between church and state are profoundly different.
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Writing about Rwanda sometimes gives the impression of crossing a minefield. It is not a question of controversies between researchers but of denunciation and intimidation.
Servers hosting your favorite websites may be subject to denial-of-service attacks.
The Internet provides us with many services thanks to sites hosted by servers. These may be the victims of denial-of-service attacks that paralyze the entire server.
A family crosses a flooded street in Pakistan.
Asian Development Bank/Flickr
To address environmental degradation, including climate change, it is essential to take into account human rights and migration. Hybrid international law and regional thinking are both essential.
Survivor of the mudslide are seen attending school on November 15, 2017 at the Old Skool Camp, in the mountain town of Regent on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown.
About 263 million children and youth worldwide are out of school. If some progress have been made, especially on school attendance, huge gaps remain on gender parity or equity in schooling choices.
Pamphlets for participatory budgeting processes in New York , a system that does back to ancient Greece.
Politicians assume that voters cannot face the financial truth. To democracy experts this is just wrong. Involving voters results in better budgets as shows history from ancient Greece.
The South Korean go player Lee Sedol after a 2016 match against Google’s artificial-intelligence program AlphaGo. Sedol, ranked 9th in the world, lost 4-1.
The history of human-machine collaboration suggests that AI will evolve into a "cognitive partner" to humankind rather than as all-powerful, all-knowing, labour replacing robots.
Paris “under water” and other European cities facing drastic climate change should trigger planners to think urban spaces differently.
In the future, Europe will suffer from more heat waves as well as extreme rainfall, presenting new challenges for planners and health care services. Building resilient cities can help.
Is the observation that the standard of living stagnated until 1820 reliable?
Despite the technological advances that humanity has known for millennia, the standard of living did not begin to rise until around 1800.
The distribution of prime numbers from 1 to 76,800, from left to right and top to bottom. A black pixel means that the number is first, while a white pixel means that it is not.
The discovery of a new prime number -- and it’s a big one -- is a great opportunity to revisit Marin Mersenne, the French theologian who dreamed of a formula that could predict where they hide.
Artist’s view of Aqua, a NASA satellite in orbit around the Earth since 2002 that studies the water cycle.
Several satellites have been launched in recent years with the objective of measuring data related to climate change. They must be complementary to measurements made on earth.
You know you shouldn’t smoke, or have sex without a condom if you’re not with a longtime partner. And when it comes to drinking, tea only, of course.
Quit smoking, quit drinking -- so many good resolutions for the New Year. But can the overabundance of messages on healthy living become counter-productive?
The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, seen up close.
Dust can be instructive. The analysis of those collected around the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko provided new information on the history of the solar system.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star…
The precious metal is literally extra-terrestrial, produced in the heart of the stars. How and under what conditions? Scientists know more thanks to a double astrophysical observation.
Pillbox (illustration only).
A clinical trial currently underway in France could confirm that that HIV treatment can be safely reduced to just four days a week, while maintaining the same efficacy.