10 leading scientists reveal their unsung heroes

Behind every great scientist is a person or people who not only inspired them to pursue the career of their dreams, but helped them draw inspiration at times when the going got tough. As part of our Science Uncovered series, we’ve been asking all participants who their unsung hero of science is. As you can … [Read more…]

Irish agritech player MagGrow raises €3m

Dublin agritech start-up MagGrow has raised €3m in a funding round from existing and new investors. The round will finance MagGrow’s efforts to accelerate growth in target markets. It will also be allocated to several R&D initiatives, both internally and with third-party research partners, to validate the science behind MagGrow’s technology. The company has focused … [Read more…]

Tyndall now one of Europe’s first DPA ‘stress test’ centres for spacetech

Representatives from the European Space Agency (ESA) arrived at Tyndall today (13 November) to announce that its Space Solutions Centre based at the research centre is now a Destructive Physical Analysis (DPA)-accredited space component analysis service under ISO 17025. For Irish and international spacetech manufacturers, this means that they can stress-test their latest equipment at … [Read more…]

How gender determines intergenerational mobility in Africa

By Théophile T. Azomahou Parents’ emotional and financial support for their children is vital to their chances for upward social mobility, but evidence shows that sons receive more support and benefits than daughters, especially in developing regions like Africa. Even empowering mothers does not necessarily benefit sons and daughters equally. In a recent paper, my … [Read more…]

Lessons on youth educational training reform in Kenya

By John Mugo Over the last five years, Kenya’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has experienced a series of reforms targeted at expanding youth access to training, improving the quality of training, and better matching of training skills to the demands of the labor market. Engineered by the TVET Act of 2013, the … [Read more…]

How to fight a trade war: Turn the other cheek

By Shanta Devarajan If the current trade tensions between the United States and its major trade partners, especially China, escalate into a full-blown trade war, what should developing countries do? In a recent paper, my co-authors and I try to answer this question by using a global, general-equilibrium model to first simulate a major increase … [Read more…]