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Explainer: South Africa’s energy generator is in trouble, here’s why

By Rod Crompton, University of the Witwatersrand Eskom is by far the largest of South Africa’s many state owned companies. This near monopoly power utility is in crisis. It’s the single largest threat to South Africa’s economy, according to a former minister of finance. The Conversation Africa spoke to Adjunct Professor Rod Crompton about why this is the case and...

UK Galileo alternative costs just 3% of the EU satellite

An alternative satellite navigation system to Galileo has been suggested by engineering academics at a snip of the price of the EU project. Galileo costs £9bn and the UK has contributed £1.2bn to the project, which is designed to act as a rival to the US’s GPS system and is due to launch in 2026. UK Prime Minister Theresa May pulled...

Museveni to CEC, “We must Embrace science and Technology to Empower our People,”

President Yoweri Museveni has told the Central Executive Committee of the National Resistance Movement that for the party to propel the country forward and economically transform the society, the leaders must appreciate the importance of science and technology to drive socio-economic transformation. This coupled with understanding the correctness of the movement ideology that emphasizes Patriotism, pan-Africanism, socio-economic transformation and...

Engineering students should be able to correlate knowledge with industry: Mylswamy Annadurai

Mylswamy Annadurai talks to Express about devising new educational strategies to create a robust work force, inculcating scientific temperament at a young age and bridging the gender disparity in Science. Mylswamy Annadurai, a distinguished scientist and former director of Indian Space Research Organisation, Satellite Centre, Bangalore, will soon assume charge as the vice-president of the Tamil Nadu State Council for...

Meet Saudi Arabia’s first certified female firefighters

Two Saudi women were among a group of engineers who participated in Saudi Aramco’s training exercise designed to challenge firefighters’ skills. The team of Saudi Aramco firefighters advanced deliberately, and methodically into a wall of dense smoke and roaring flames during a training exercise. The two women are from the company’s Fire Protection Department’s Engineering and Training Services Division. Abeer O....

THE FUTURE OF AUTOMATION AND WORK: HOW THE ENGINEERING INDUSTRY IS CHANGING

Many believe we are living within the fourth industrial revolution, as the impact of smart technologies overtakes every area of our lives, including the engineering industry. It is marked by emerging technology breakthroughs in robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing/3D printing and fully autonomous vehicles. In some ways it's an extension of the computerisation of the third Industrial...

Qatar will pull out of OPEC amid tension with Saudi Arabia

The tiny, energy-rich Arab nation of Qatar announced on Monday it will withdraw from OPEC in January, mixing its aspirations to increase production outside of the cartel's constraints with the politics of slighting the Saudi-dominated group amid the kingdom's boycott of Doha. The surprise announcement from Qatar's minister of state for energy affairs, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, again throws into question...

What is Galileo and why is Britain set to build a rival satellite system? by Chris Graham

Britain intends to build its own satellite navigation system after being frozen out of the EU's Galileo project by Brussels because of Brexit. After months of fruitless negotiation over the space programme and after sinking £1.2 billion into the project, Theresa May said the UK would aim to build its own system instead. The issue was cited by Sam Gyimah, the...

What can India teach us about start-ups? BY Ejaz Ghani

...Instead of chasing large, mature firms from other locations, India would do better to focus on its small enterprise sector The role of entrepreneurship and start-ups in job creation has a long intellectual tradition. While the great giants of economic history recognized the link between start-ups and job creation, controversies remain. Do small or large enterprises contribute more to job...

How Bill Gates Aims to Save $233 Billion by Reinventing the Toilet By Jason Gale

...Gates Foundation spent $200 million funding toilet research Bill Gates thinks toilets are a serious business, and he’s betting big that a reinvention of this most essential of conveniences can save a half million lives and deliver $200 billion-plus in savings. The billionaire philanthropist, whose Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent $200 million over seven years funding sanitation research, showcased some...