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WHY A PhD MATTERS OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY

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Is a PhD useful outside the walls of a university? For ages, this qualification has been touted as the gold standard for research practitioners. PhD holders are not only expected to research on new ways of solving problems but also teach students in university. But what options do they have when universities seem to be downsizing instead of employing? Well, the real question should be whether PhD graduates can work outside universities.

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THE DESCENT OF THE BULLDOZERS

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A bulldozer has one main job…to demolish. So what happens when you wake up, step out of your home and see half a dozen of them infront of you? You hear a loudspeaker announcement from a police commander informing you that the shanty you’ve lived in for 20 years is about to go down in minutes… What has been happening in Mukuru informal settlement in Nairobi is not a new thing in Kenya.

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KABLA KUNYOOSHA MKONO…

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Manzee mezesha moja sitawahi rada ni hii risto ya vile utu umelost kwa society Kenya hii. Na sitastart kutupia mapolitrickcian blame sababu hiyo mtindo haiwesmake. Lakini haimaanishi eti hawana blame. Hebu tucheki risto ya KEMSA ndio tuingize akili. Ni Kenya tu ndio mawadhii incognito wanaweza kupiga kaletha kwa ofee ya gava na wakalaza tender ya mamita. Kabla tuanze kumzushia politrickcian, huyu muthii ametudondoa mamita kupitia biarasha ya udingo ni nani? Sio wewe au mimi?

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CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES

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For a moment, I was impressed by this matatu Sacco for lowering their prices (a rarety in Kenya’s transport sector). But it didn’t take me long to notice the personal struggles the driver was going through. On nearing my destination, a small altercation ensued between him and a motorcycle rider. The disagreement was that our driver had swerved infront of his motorcycle nearly hitting him. All this was happening in the midst of a mini jam.

VILLE DE KISANGANI

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Kasongo made his way towards the water front. The place was as usually crowded with people waiting to board their boats for different destinations. It resembled an open air market. People had assembled with all sorts of wares. This was not just a voyage along the Congo River…it would also be an opportunity to make a living. The journey would take at least 2 weeks from Kinshasa to Kisangani.

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LET’S TAKE HEALTHCARE SERIOUSLY

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According to Narok Senator, Ledama ole Kina, it takes over 600 days for medical orders to reach Kwale County after requisition from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA). It might seem a ‘normal’ thing to us who are used to slothful services from some government agencies. But it surely shows how much we devalue human life. How so? You ask… Well how much damage would 600 days do to a person gripped with a disabling illness?

BASILIO KIMANI: BAZENGA WA NGUVU

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Ushawahi sahau burungo zako kwa mathree? Ushawahi dondoka kwa nganya halafu baada ya stepu kobole unashtuka huna walenje? Hiyo ikinifanyikia nitakubali tu kuchengwa… Nitajua nimelambwa… nimeperembwa… Lakini kuna yutman fulani kwa mathree za Thika alisahau bag iko na ngiri twenty na lapi na bado aka manage kuziget. Dere fulani wa nguvu anaitwa Basilio alimuekea burungo zake akamgee masake alipokam kuziulizia. Huyu bazu hakuwa mkenya wa kawaida. Alikuwa mbuyu wa nguvu.

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COULD SEWAGE BECOME OUR SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER?

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Resources are all around us. But rarely do we think of water as a resource especially when considering wastewater. Yet for over 50 years, Veolia , a utility company has been converting wastewater into drinking water in Windhoek, Namibia. A tall order it would seem. However, come to think of it, water constitutes over 90% of wastewater. If that’s the case, why can’t we go the extra mile to reclaim it? WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS.

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WHAT DRIVES YOU?

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I always marvel at ants and bees. These hardworkers put their best foot forward any day. They ‘slave’ their hearts out day in day out. But are they aware that they are planning for a better tomorrow? Probably yes. What’s to be enjoyed later requires sweat to build today. Sure, their commitment to work looks laborious and sounds like druggery (repetitive and unexciting). But their focus is razor sharp. They may stumble and fall but the direction is always forward.

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I. M. P. U. N. I. T. Y

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Prison break season 3 is a blockbuster of sorts. The bad guys have been on the run in the previous season after a successful escape from Fox River penetentiary. A few have not made it this far but the stars of the moment are now contained in this hellish prison in Panama. ‘ Penitenciaria Federal de Sona ‘ is it’s name. And as a local lawyer describes it, ‘…what goes in never comes out…unless it’s dead!’

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KINDNESS

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I looked from the side of my eye and saw an old, frail woman plunge into a huge culvert. It was rush hour and had just alighted from a bus. The time was about 5pm and had to rush to a destination over 2km away. I needed to get there by 5:30pm. Muthurwa… the hustle and bustle in this part of the city was evident. Nairobi (or Kanairo as it’s fondly known by the residents) was up and running. Only this time the people traffic was against me.

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MAKE IT YOUR AMBITION

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Make it your ambition… To live peacefully with all. Yeah, right… It may seem an impossibility but all you need is to do your best. Remember that we all exist in this finite space called earth so the least we could do is to support, encourage and to be there for one another. Yes, there may be those who mistreat you. But make it your ambition not to treat them the way they treat you. Be different. You don’t know the battles they are fighting so always choose to be kind.

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WATER QUALITY AND WHY IT MATTERS (EVEN IF IT’S FROM THE TAP)

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If we are so concerned about the quality of our food, why aren’t we with the quality of water we drink? Probably because of a couple of reasons: First, most of the members of the middle class depend on municipal treated water. It is served fresh and devoid of chemical pollutants (or so we think)… Second, all water is (simply put) H2O. So why worry about its contents. Last (but not least) most of us think that water from wells and boreholes is by itself safe to drink.

RECLAIMING POLLUTED WATER: CAPACITIVE DESALINATION

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Treatment of effluents from industries before discharge into the environment is a subject of concern today because of the disease burden it creates. Among the pollutants of concern, metals and dissolved industrial chemicals are significant. Though several treatment strategies have been used before, efficiency of pollutant removal still has a long way to go.

GROUNDWATER NITRATE AND WHY IT SHOULD CONCERN US

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What do grazing cattle, usage of fertilizers and poor sanitation have in common? Well, these activities affect our drinking water in more ways than we could imagine. GROUNDWATER. This valuable resource of drinking water has hydrated us for ages. Though hardness might be an issue in a few places, groundwater always delivers an epic taste into our mouths. However, the safety of groundwater in some areas is being compromised by a very unlikely pollutant. HIGH NITRATE CONTENT.

CHEMICAL LEGION: SAFEGUARDING OUR FOOD

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As I write this article today, the world commemorates the International Day of Food Safety. Too often are we consumed by the idea of enough food and less about the safety of this food. This day helps remind us on the urgency to not only produce food but food that is healthy and free of risky substances which might endanger human health. This isn’t a cause that should be driven by farmers or the lobbyists but by the consumer community.

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THE CHEMICAL LEGION: THE CHEMISTRY OF COLOR

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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. But to say the same of paintings would be an understatement. Artists put in hours (if not days and weeks) in the work they do. I remember aspiring to be a pencil artist only to realize that the video tutorials we see on YouTube involve people who’ve honed the skill over time. After numerous trial and error sessions, they have made it to a stage where only a few get to.

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THE CHEMICAL LEGION: THE UNSEEN INDOOR RISK

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The mound of plastic waste kept growing by the day. When the size reached a ‘climax’ of sorts, the ‘boys’ would light it up and see it go in flames. These were all sorts of plastics: From electric accessories to plastic utensils…. From furniture waste to waste packages…. From pharmaceutical products to cosmetics…. The list is endless. But before burning, these ‘plastics’ don’t just remain dormant.

ALL WORK, NO P[L]AY…

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It seemed as if the toil would not end. And what made it even harder was that elusive payday. But this did not stop the ‘powers-that-be’ from demanding that we meet the strict deadlines. So I kept on working on the unfinished business…unfinished work. But the more I kept going on, the less I felt motivated. The ‘money’ wasn’t coming any time soon. Infact, I wasn’t even sure if it would come.

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WHEN OUR LUNGS TAKE THE BEATING

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2020 was a year like no other. Besides the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement came to the forefront because of the death of George Floyd. George Floyd’s final words resonated with most of us… ‘I can’t breathe’… These were not only words but a plea to the rogue police officer kneeling on his neck. A plea for life. But his words resonate not only with colored people facing instances of systemic racism.

OUR ENVIRONMENT & OUR BODIES: ORGAN FAILURE

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There’s a silent epidemic around us: an organ failure epidemic. Public and private hospitals are teeming with patients both young and old with diverse types of organ complications. But such an increase in health challenges are not without cause and for the most part, we lay the blame on lifestyle. Though plausible, some cases beg for more questions since the patients lead a clean lifestyle free of junk food, intoxication and are in many ways active.

WHEN MY LUNGS TOOK THE BEATING: COVID-19

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Busy Friday hit with a bang (as usual). I was supposed to have a teaching class, followed by a lab session and another teaching class. But somehow things just changed and the lab session had to be converted into a teaching class. Suddenly, I was forced to come up with a PowerPoint class within 15 minutes. I had to do something akin to a miracle to capture the concetration of students for two hours. Well the internet connection came in handy despite my body not feeling 100%.

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THE CHEMICAL LEGION: THE PARADOX OF COSMETICS

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Cosmetics make a whole lot of a difference. We love it when our wives look good courtesy of them. Infact at times we cheer them on to use them. In no way is this article meant to paint cosmetics badly. After all great multinationals such as L’Oreal and Nivea have grown due to the insatiable demand for cosmetics and personal care products around the world.

POLLUTION: PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE

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I once stumbled upon a sterling article by Dr Festus Mwangi highlighting the plight of children living with cancer. Though it was written in 2017, its message still resonates audibly with me. Not only did he highlight about the increase in instances of childhood cancers but also about the lack of awareness especially among the poorest of the poor.

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CRIMINALIZATION OF POVERTY

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Gunshots were heard just outside of his house. Infact, the noise was too much for him to get some sleep after working all night. He had two jobs… But not the kind we imagine… During the day, he sold sweets and other small commmodities at the bus stage. But for two weeks, he had also been working night shift at a local construction site. At least he could afford to put something on the table. It wasn’t enough but better than nothing.

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Climate Scientists on “Don’t Look Up:” It’s Infuriating, Soul-Sucking and On-the-Nose

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UCS climate scientist reviews "Don't Look Up," an allegory for climate inaction. Climate Change Science and Democracy Climate change; movie review; Jennifer Lawrence; Meryl Streep climate emergency Global warming

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Taking Action for Racial Justice: Postdocs at Yale Organize

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Yale postdoctoral fellow Aileen Fernandez writes about how she and her colleagues have come together to help retain, support, and provide community for underrepresented minority postdocs at Yale University. Science and Democracy diversity inclusion racial equity racial justice

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A Climate Scientist Watches a Movie about Apocalypse

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Reflections on the film, "Don't Look Up.". Climate Change Science Communication Arianna Grande climate change Don't look up feelings movie review movies science and the media

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2021 Was One of the Deadliest and Costliest Years for Climate Disasters

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UCS Climate and Energy program policy director Rachel Cleetus breaks down the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's latest report on costly, dangerous climate-related disasters in 2021.

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Illinois Can Still Say “Knope” to Pawnee Gas Plant

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The proposed methane gas plant makes it clear our fight against fossil fuel interests is not over. Energy air pollution CEJA climate change Fossil Fuels gas plant governor pritzker IEPA Illinois Lincoln Land Energy Center parks and rec Pawnee

Coldhearted Policies Put People at Risk of Extreme Heat Work Hazards

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Protect our essential workers. Climate Change extreme heat OSHA outdoor heat outdoor workers Worker safety

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Oil Execs Spout Disinformation at House Climate Disinformation Hearing

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The fact that they were testifying under oath didn't seem to matter. Climate Change Energy Chevron climate disinformation climate-change ExxonMobil oil and gas industry

Florida Governor Suppresses the Vote, State University Suppresses the Voting Experts

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Scientists everywhere should be outraged at this attempt by the University of Florida to suppress science in a crucial public policy debate. Science and Democracy Scientific Integrity academic freedom florida Ron DeSantis voter suppression Voting rights

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Falsified Government Water Quality Tests Highlight Need for More Federal Scientists

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According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and further reporting on the issue by E&E news, thousands of water quality sample tests were falsified at the agency’s National Water Quality Laboratory.

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Calling All Scientists: The Federal Government is Hiring

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Here at the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have bad news and good news. First, the bad: The federal scientific workforce—in other words, the scientists and experts who work for the government on behalf of the public—needs help. That workforce is aging quickly. It’s not as diverse as it should be.

EPA’s Latest Emissions Report Shows Why We Need Stronger Regulations

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Regulations have pushed car manufacturers to offer the most efficient vehicles ever, but much more can and must be done to address climate change. Transportation emission standards EPA

Mythbusting “Wind Oversupply”

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Wind "curtailment" is not due to too much wind. Climate Change Energy clean energy Renewable energy wind energy

2021 Year in Review: Five Stories of Clean Energy Progress

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The end of the year can be a fine time for taking stock, and that’s true in the energy space just as in our personal lives. Lots of stories of clean energy progress caught my eye for 2021.

Ask a Scientist: Will the Biden Nuclear Policy Wind Up Being the Same Old Same Old?

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To get some insight into which direction the Biden administration might take on its Nuclear Posture Review, I contacted Eryn MacDonald, an analyst with the UCS Global Security Program. Nuclear Weapons Uncategorized Ask a Scientist nuclear posture review nuclear weapons

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The Magic Math of Solar plus Storage

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Combining solar and storage has its benefits. Climate Change Energy ELCC Planning solar storage

DC’s Shifting Indoor Mask Mandate: Follow the Science, Mayor Bowser

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The mayor’s decision to lift DC's indoor mask mandate is not based on the best available science and evidence. Science and Democracy COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic Mayor Bowser Washington D.C.

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Gagging Scientists in Florida and Missouri to Hide COVID-19 Data

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Political leaders in Florida and Missouri are opting to censor scientists and bury COVID-19 data rather than use that data to protect people in their states.

5 Ways Rural Drivers Benefit from Electric Vehicles

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Rural drivers stand to benefit the most from switching to an electric vehicle (EV), regardless of the state they live in or the type of vehicle they drive. Transportation electric vehicles EVs rural America rural transportation