Researchers at the University of Liverpool have shown for the first time that WiFi networks can be infected with a virus that can move through densely populated areas as efficiently as the common cold spreads between humans.
For the past 24 years, Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, has been developing a complex computer model to study air pollution, energy, weather and climate. A recent application of the model has been to simulate the development of hurricanes. Another has been to determine how much energy wind turbines can extract from global wind currents.
After a 12-year absence from the Winter Olympic games, the Jamaican bobsled team is making a catchy comeback. According to the Jamaican Tourist Board, this groovy reggae tune, titled “The Bobsled Song,” syncs perfectly with the Olympic bobsled track’s twists and turns.
UNESCO and the Kenya Ministry of Education organized a Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, to formulate the draft Policy on Open Educational Resources for achieving high-quality Education for All. Over 35 delegates attended the two-day Workshop on 28 and 29 January 2014 to listen to presentations and exchange views on OER, the applicability of existing intellectual property laws in Kenya, and the positioning of OERs within existing policies for ICT in Education, and the National ICT Master Plan.
IBM announced today that it is bringing its super computing platform Watson to Africa, where it will help researchers develop commercially-viable solutions in key areas such as healthcare, education, water and sanitation, human mobility and agriculture.
The ten-year initiative, dubbed “Project Lucy” after the earliest known human ancestor, will see IBM invest $100 million to give scientists and partners access to Watson’s advanced computing technologies. It is hoped that they can apply knowledge gleaned from big data to help solve the continent’s most pressing challenges and create new business opportunities.
edx.org – For decades, the World Economic Forum has enabled leaders in business, policy and academia to meet and learn from one another at events held in Davos, Switzerland and many other locations around the world. These gatherings have provided the setting for an exchange of ideas that have helped set the direction for solutions to critical global problems. Now, with the creation of Forum Academy, the World Economic Forum (WEF) will provide a much wider audience with the opportunity to participate in a discussion addressing global, regional and industry challenges through courses created using the cutting-edge platform and tools innovated by edX.
fastcoexist.com – Robots are getting quite a bit smarter: In a mocked-up hospital room in the Netherlands, one robot taught another how to serve a patient a drink in bed. While some might see this burgeoning robotic intelligence as an early sign of the robo-apocalypse, it also might be the beginning of much greater roles for robots than their current status assembling car parts at factories or vacuuming your floor.
VANCOUVER – In her message for International Women’s Day (IWD, 8 March 2014), Professor Asha Kanwar, President and C.E.O. of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), notes that, “Women in Commonwealth countries face three broad challenges: poverty, disempowerment and poor health.”
Attracting the youth into Agriculture: ICTs and value chain development are changing the perspective of farming in Africa and Latin America. From a back breaking, hardly remunerative, labour consuming task to a much more profitable and solid source of income.
This video illustrates a youth’s ICT-enabled journey into profitable farming, based on the publication ICT4D Effects: Youth, ICTs and Agriculture.
The Economist has a short article on Kenya's Free Primary Education programme this week, pointing out two crucial, ...umm, challenges (back in my development consulting days, I was told that there were no problems, just 'challenges') that it's not free, and that it's also not very educational.
I spent the last two days attending the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week (UMLW). It has been a while since I have seen so many black and pin striped suits in one gathering. The rare academic in attendance was often ...
The fourth annual Commonwealth Summer School will be hosted between the 17-24 August 2014 at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Semenyih. The School provides a forum to bring together high-quality students from every corner of the Commonwealth to discuss interdisciplinary issues of global importance. This year's programme is themed Global food security; can we feed a growing world?
The Association of Commonwealth Universities is offering a limited number of bursaries for students from member universities only: full bursaries (including return economy air travel to Kuala Lumpur, registration fees, accommodation and most meals); and partial bursaries (which may be used towards registration fees or travel). Bursaries, in either case, cannot be used to cover the cost of visas, vaccinations or transfer costs to and from airports. More details of the programme, eligibility and how to apply can be found here:www.acu.ac.uk/summer-school
Hardcore criminals in prison are reported to be using mobile phones to extort money and scare Kenyan civilians.
Joseck Ombasa, a resident of Maili nane in Kitale, remembers vividly how he lost sh9,000 from his Mpesa account in December last year.
“I received a message that seemed to originate for Safaricom, indicating I had received sh10,500 from a sender,” narrates Mr Ombasa, dejected and bitter.
“After reading the message I received a call from someone who sounded tearful that he had wrongfully sent me the cash, meant for a patient who needed it for an emergency surgery at a Nakuru hospital…the caller requested me to send return sh9,000 to him and remain with the remaining sh1,500 for my kindness,” he said.
So without even checking his Mpesa balance, he took a piece of paper, noted the strange caller’s number and proceeded to the Mpesa menu to send the cash.
That was a mistake. He had been conned. His Mpesa balance read sh250, out of the sh9,421 he had in his account before the strange message popped up in his inbox.
Our most profound problems cross national boundaries, requiring not just interdisciplinary thought but also interlocking experiences to understand them. They call upon problem-solvers to submit their whole being in the service of creating sustainable change. And in this world of accelerating problems, the most important thing to do is help more people become problem-solvers.
A partnership between an Elburgon based resource center and the local people has seen their students enjoy electronic ebook readers. These are tablets with capacity to store a large database of books that are essential to learning.
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