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NARO improves micro garden systems for farming in small spaces

Mukono, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |   Researchers at the National Forestry Resources Research Institute-NaFRRI under the National Agricultural Research Organization-NARO have improved the micro garden system to support farming in urban areas. The researchers have now designed a vertical garden made out of wood, forming a rectangle with a number …

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Researcher roots for access to Hydroxyurea drug for all sicklers

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | Researchers are calling for open access to hydroxyurea, the only effective drug proven to reduce the frequency of painful episodes among persons with sickle cell disease. They say that the drug should be given to everyone who battles the painful hereditary blood disorder without discrimination.  …

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First COVID-19 vaccine expected in June 2021

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  The closest date that a COVID-19 vaccine can be ready is June 2021 according to scientists and researchers.   Over 100 vaccines are being developed globally in laboratories in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe and even China. 76 of these are being followed by …

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Researchers become prime targets in Mideast power plays

Paris, France | AFP |  Authoritarian governments in the Middle East are increasingly willing to seize researchers and academics, who are seen as valuable bargaining chips in their joustings with Western nations, analysts warn. “The risks now facing researchers in the Middle East are unprecedented,” said Jean-Pierre Filiu, a historian at …

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Tensions flare in French protests as pension dispute grinds on

Paris, France | AFP |  Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to streets across France on Thursday in the latest mass protests against a pensions overhaul that critics say could cut benefits even while requiring people to work longer before retiring. Tensions flared in Paris and other cities as some black-clad …

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