Getting input from well-connected academics and researchers is crucial to a paper’s scientific impact.
The scientific impact of a research paper increases with every additional commenter who provides feedback – particularly if the comment came from a well-connected academic.
The bacteria in a mother's breast milk are important because it helps develop a baby's gut. Research shows this bacteria are different depending on where mothers live and what they eat.
Students want things to change at South Africa’s universities.
The push for decolonisation could ironically end up trapping universities in a colonised curriculum.
Growth accelerations in African countries have been short-lived. That might be about to change.
The risk following recently ended economic booms in Africa is that, due to insufficient planning and excessive optimism, the windfalls were wasted. But there are signs that Africa may be changing.
Slaves’ stories are not commonly known. But historical archives hold a clue to individual lives.
It is possible to trace the links between patriarchy, violence, gender roles, and the state further into the past. It's also possible to trace the ongoing resistance to these by some women.
Suppoters of outgoing South African public protector, Thuli Madonsela, outside her offices ahead of her last media briefing.
Far from the limelight, South Africa's public protector has been instrumental in assisting individuals who grapple with unfair treatment from government departments and other public institutions.
2016 was a year of mixed fortunes in the development course of Africa.
The 'Africa Rising' narrative was disturbed in 2016 by a combination of factors. But the continent is still on firm economic development footing.
A scene from the TV mini-series, ‘Mars’.
The recently broadcast TV mini-series, “Mars”, combines fiction and nonfiction in a way that places them in balance. This kind of combination is likely to feature in more television series and films.
2017 promises to be another tough year as South African universities head into the uncertain terrain of further addressing and healing the divisions that have been exposed.
Police guard a building at the University of Cape Town – from whom, since knowledge is not really owned by anyone.
There are a few questions that can be posed and unpacked if universities are to move towards genuine decolonisation.
South African policewomen on beach patrol.
A tone of bitter disillusionment dominates the book, which combines self-deprecating anecdotes with reflections on the unique strangeness of policing a post-apartheid South African city.
By the time pupils who struggle with Maths reach Grade 9, there are huge bottlenecks in the system.
The truth behind South Africa's decision to allow 20% as a maths pass mark in some grades is a little more complex than many have suggested.
Meat is a popular food choice all over the world.
Simply calling on people to eat less meat is not very useful. The consumption of meat, after all, is embedded within numerous social and cultural practices. But changing diets can benefit the planet.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis is providing an exciting new innovation to tackle HIV prevention.
Trials have shown that rates of HIV infection are reduced if people not infected with HIV take anti-retrovirals - known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). But adherence to a daily dose is a problem.
Children play alongside stagnant water and rubbish in Lagos, Nigeria.
Africa battles with a dearth of data and seems unable to scale up health innovations. If these can be systematically addressed, the continent can take great strides towards better health for all.
A miner takes a break from sorting through coal at a mine in Vietnam. The country relies heavily on coal imports.
Julian Abram Wainwright/EPA
Vietnam recently cancelled it's plans for the procurement of nuclear energy. There are lessons South Africa can take from this.
A worker piles up leaves of rooibos tea for drying. Local people have been marginalised in the industry.
The rooibos industry has been accompanied by dispossession and adversity stretching back over centuries.
At the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Desmond Tutu promoted restorative justice. But focusing on individuals neglects broader contexts of violence and inequality.
If violent contexts aren't taken into account, restorative justice does not serve broader society. Instead it serves as a peacemaking process within a paradigm stacked against the poor and vulnerable.
More leadership is needed to tackle universities’ crises.
South Africa must address the root factors contributing to nationwide protests in the higher education sector or face dire consequences
South Africa’s Karoo region, in the south west of the country, is thought to have significant reserves of shale gas.
Shale gas holds considerable advantages. But there are still a number of uncertainties around whether South Africa is ready for such a bold step.