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When word broke that the massacre in New Zealand was livestreamed on Facebook, I immediately thought of Robert Godwin Sr. In 2017, Godwin was murdered in Cleveland, Ohio, and initial reports indicated that the attacker streamed it on Facebook Live, at the time a relatively new feature of the social network. Facebook later clarified that the graphic video was uploaded after the event, but the incident called public attention to the risks of livestreaming violence.

Last week, we were once again saddened to read eggs were associated with an increase in all-cause mortality. See how carefully and accurately I worded that? It wasn’t hard. I didn’t say eating eggs will increase your risk of death, or even that they were bad for you.

Chicken or rooster? This bird is both – female on the left (dark feathers), and male on the right (white feathers, with larger comb and physique). Mike Clinton (Roslin Institute) , Author provided (No reuse)


The highly unusual “semi-identical” Australian twins reported last week are the result of a rare event. It’s thought the brother and sister (who have identical genes from their mother but not their father) developed from an egg fertilised by two different sperm at the same moment.

There is a vast infrastructure of digital tools that can be used to strategically manipulate behaviour for tactical gain. Shutterstock


Most people think the internet operates as a kind of global public square. In reality, it’s become a divided arena where conflict between nation states plays out.

The High Court in Botswana is deliberating on a motion to legalise same-sex relationships. Shutterstock


Botswana’s High Court is considering a challenge to the provisions of the penal code criminalising consensual same-sex relations in the country. It will hand down its judgment in June. The challenge raises similar legal issues as the one pending at the Kenya High Court, which is due for a decision in May.

Indian women hold protests against sexual violence. AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File


Just two months after allegations of sexual abuse against Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein came to light in a 2017 New York Times article, women in at least 85 countries began using the the hashtag #MeToo, to speak against sexual harassment.

Wreckage from Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 lies near the crash site outside Addis Ababa. AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene


Emerging evidence from the recent crash in Ethiopia suggests that malfunctioning automatic control systems overwhelmed the crew and doomed the flight. Based on my analysis, it appears that the Ethiopian Airlines crew followed the standard procedures found in the Boeing 737 pilots operating handbook and flight crew operations manual.

President Xi Jinping at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation 2018. EPA


“You don’t negotiate with China!” I was quickly told when I started interviewing African public servants about their infrastructure deals with Beijing. There is a widespread view in Africa that you accept whatever terms are offered, for fear that the money might go somewhere else instead.

Female research scientists are more productive than their male colleagues, though they are widely perceived as being less so. Women are also rewarded less for their scientific achievements.

Fela Kuti’s Mr Follow Follow is the b-side of his album, Zombie.


Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and arguably its largest economy, is in electoral crisis following the 11th hour decision by the electoral commission to postpone polls due over the weekend. It’s a good time to celebrate democracy – but also to ponder what has become of the country since it wrestled independence from colonial Britain in 1960.

Employers are required to accommodate the needs of pregnant women only in limited circumstances. FotoAndalucia/Shutterstock.com


Pregnant women in low-income work often face an unappealing choice: lose their job or perform duties that endanger their health and that of their baby.

The Miss Curvy contest in Uganda attracted a lot of local and international media attention.


Uganda’s Junior Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Godfrey Kiwanda Ssubi recently launched the “Miss Curvy Uganda” pageant at the Mistil Hotel in Kampala.