infrastructure
How Delivery Drones Could Save Lives in Africa

What the first thing you think of when you hear the word "drone?" It might be killing machines. Or reconnaissance quadcopters. Or maybe a honey bee. But for a countless number of people in Africa, it could be a flying packmule with life-saving cargo. Read More >>

cities
The Mob is Secretly Dumping Nuclear Waste Across Italy and Africa

Organised crime is famously good at exploiting time-sensitive industries like construction, fishing, and—of course—rubbish removal. But revelations about millions of tonnes of toxic waste buried haphazardly and illegally by the mob are causing an uproar in southern Italy, where cancer rates are nearly 50 per cent higher than the average in certain areas. Read More >>

architecture
How a Giant Replica of the Vatican Ended Up in a Small African City

Construction on the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, the largest church on earth, started 28 years ago in the small Ivory Coast city of Yamoussoukro. Planned by then-president Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who led the country through two decades of economic boomtime known as the "Ivorian miracle," the church would be a monument—to God, but also to himself. Read More >>

transport
A Massive Road-Building Initiative is Transforming Africa's Landscape

Africa is home to some of the poorest road networks in the world, which act as a major barrier for trade, education and healthcare. Not for long, though—as it's embarking on a frenetic road-building exercise that could revolutionise the entire continent. Read More >>

drones
Even the UN is Using Drones to Spy on People Now

The United Nations now has its own drone program. Its first unmanned aircraft took off earlier this week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Joining some 87 countries with the capability, the organisation says it's just keeping up with the world's technological advances. Read More >>

architecture
A Fake Slum for Luxury Tourists Who Don't Want to See Real Poverty

It's estimated that one in eight people worldwide live in so-called slums, which, in some cities, makes visiting these informally maintained neighborhoods unavoidable. Although controversial, the practice of "slum tourism" has become a popular way for tourists to engage with poverty on a personal level. But why go visit an actual slum when you can simply stay at a luxury resort that looks like a slum? Read More >>

architecture
This Floating Hotel Room Comes with an Underwater Fish-Peeping Deck

You probably want to visit the Manta Resort, a new getaway in Zanzibar—because, at the Manta Resort, you can actually get away from the getaway and stay a few hundred feet offshore in a floating hotel room. And then you can getaway again in the underwater bedroom built for watching fish. Read More >>

environment
Coke's "Downtown in a Box" Delivers Clean Water and Wi-Fi to Africa

Coca-Cola's global distribution channels are so well-developed that a Coke can get pretty much anywhere on the planet—even places where there's no access to fresh water. But Coke is working on that, too. As part of its mission to bring drinking water to the communities it serves, the company has developed a solar-powered, Wi-Fi-equipped kiosk with a water purification system—and it plans to drop them in 20 countries by 2015. Read More >>

environment
E-Hell on Earth: Where the West's Electronics Go to Die

While western consumers clamour for the latest and greatest in consumer electronics, our older digital devices are inundating and poisoning a generation of children in Ghana. Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Michael Ciaglo recently visited the largest e-waste processing site in the African nation and returned with some very damning images. That new iPhone of yours had better be worth it. Read More >>

tv
BBC Forcing Poor Old Sir David Attenborough to go on Twitter

After proudly serving the nation for 1,000 years and informing us about the sex lives of beetles, whales, elephants and butterflies, Sir David Attenborough is about to face humiliation at the hands of the BBC -- it's making him sit down and go on Twitter. For a whole hour. Read More >>

wtfriday
Ethiopia Will Lock You Up For 15 Years If You Use Skype

Using VoIP services such as Skype is now against the law in Ethiopia. In fact, those who continue to use Skype face up to 15 years in the slammer, just for making a free call. What the hell? Read More >>

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Super Salty Lake Looks Like a Strawberry Milkshake

Photographed from above it looks like a pool of melty Strawberry ice cream, but Lake Retba, which runs blood-red through Senegal, West Africa, gets its unusual colour from an unusually high salt content—up to 40-percent! Read More >>

health
What Is The Mysterious Nodding Disease Spreading Across Uganda?

It seems like an amusing ailment: the major visible symptom is nodding a lot while you eat. Hell, I know plenty of healthy people that do that. But this new disease is spreading fast in Africa, and claiming lives as it goes. Read More >>

solar panels
Solar Power Becomes the Latest Exploitable Foreign Resource as Europe-Powering Desert Plants Proposed

Looks like sunshine is just about to join oil, as yet another commodity to be exploited by Western powers in poorer countries. This time though, it doesn't sound like a half-bad idea. Set up large solar and wind farms in the African desert to power both the local region and Europe. Read More >>

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