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Do potential downsides get short shrift in the rush for innovation? Steve Marcus/Reuters

Thinking innovatively about the risks of tech innovation

Taking a page from the innovators' handbook could provide a different and better way to think about the risks that come along with – and sometimes stem from – new technologies.
Pick a book that your child will find entertaining. www.shutterstock.com

How to keep kids reading over the Christmas break

Children who fail to read regularly during long breaks from school will often see their reading ability drop. Here's how to keep kids engaged in reading.
Voicing concerns isn’t the same as smashing the latest technology. Unknown

If Elon Musk is a Luddite, count me in!

We've missed plenty of early warnings about past scientific breakthroughs. Is it neo-Luddite to proceed with caution as an innovator?
The Large Hadron Collider is playing a key role in enabling the collection of big data. Supplied

The big data challenge and how Africa can benefit

Big data is about processing large amounts of data. It is often associated with multiplicities of data. But the ability to generate data outpaces the ability to store it.
A solar water heating unit on the roof of a home in Kuyasa outside Cape Town. South Africa has a long way to go to get people off the grid and onto solar heating. Epa/Nic Bothma

Advances in getting solar onto the grid, and into the home

Africa is blessed with an abundance of sunshine.Given the heavy demand for energy, alternatives, such as solar, could provide solutions and help stimulate economic growth.
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Five reasons to teach robotics in schools

Technology is critical for innovation, yet schools struggle to get students interested in this area. Could teaching robotics change this?
A Colorado Springs officer with a body-worn camera. There is growing support to introduce the technology in South Africa. Reuters/Rick Wilking

South Africa mulls body cameras to improve police accountability, safety

Police brutality is an ongoing problem in South Africa. Police-worn body cameras may help reduce such incidents by improving accountability. They may also contribute to the safety of officers.
Halls, dormitories, or staying at home with the parents: the university experience is different all over the world. from www.shutterstock.com.au

The campus experience is changing all over the world

With advances in technology and changes in the demographics of people attending university, the campus experience is changing.

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