Why Israel still moves on Ottoman-era railway tracks

ISRAELI politicians and entrepreneurs like to present their country as a global centre of transport technology. That was underlined last year by Intel’s purchase for $15bn of Mobileye, which develops software for self-driving cars. But driving from Tel Aviv to Mobileye’s headquarters in Jerusalem, only 55km (34 miles) as the drone flies, can be an hour-long crawl along a jammed motorway.

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South Africa:New Telescope Chases the Mysteries of Radio Flashes and Dark Energy

[The Conversation Africa] South Africa is becoming one of the world’s most important radio astronomy hubs, thanks in large part to its role as co-host of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Now a new telescope is being unveiled that will be built at the SKA South Africa site in the Karoo.

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Sudan:Ruling Party Removes Presidential Term Limits

[ENOUGH] On Thursday, the Consultative Council of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) took a key first step toward abolishing presidential term limits in Sudan, paving the way for a potential presidency without end for President Omar al-Bashir in advance of elections slated for 2020.

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Malawi:Harnessing the Enemy – As Crops Dry, Malawi Turns to Solar Irrigation

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Zomba -As climate change brings longer droughts, farmers in eastern Malawi’s already dry Lake Chilwa basin are seeing an ever-more-frequent disaster: maize wilting or drying completely, leaving families hungry.

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