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The thousands of graphics-covered minibuses called matatus that zip through Nairobi make up one of the largest (and liveliest) informal transportation systems in the world. This unregulated — some might say renegade — transit keeps the city moving rather efficiently, and, until recently, was an all-cash business. Until Google stepped in.

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A coalition of 100 investors announced plans to build a "Chinese-controlled economic zone" populated by skyscrapers and luxury residences. Their new city will be in Kenya, but the goal is to "match the glamour of Dubai". What would motivate investors to go to the trouble of building a massive new city in a country other than their own? It's pretty simple, actually.

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This is incredible. Scientists have found an underground water reserve in Kenya so large that it could meet the entire country's water needs for the next 70 years. Using satellite, radar and geological technology, scientists found an aquifer — an underground layer of water-bearing material — that contains 200 billion cubic meters of fresh water.

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Kenya has a lot of beautiful, rare animals, but unfortunately a lot of people are keen to kill them, and sell bits of them for money. Kenya's got a new plan to try to keep those poachers in check though, and it's good old-fashioned text messaging.

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Filming animal documentaries must be gratifying, but there's always that risk of a giant rhino goring you and knocking over your truck. Instead, why not use some graceful little drones? This is a much more pleasant application than killing people.

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Gabriel Nderitu is not an aerospace engineer. He's an IT professional and self-proclaimed innovator, who built his own aeroplane from scratch. If the plane flies, he'll be the first in his country to successfully build one.

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Elephants are text messaging themselves out of trouble, thanks to an SMS system implemented in a Kenyan nature reserve. The gentle-ish giants are outfitted with SIM cards in their collars, which automatically alert wildlife rangers if they get too close to nearby farms. Rangers can then shoo them away before they do damage to interspecies relations by, say, eating the season's harvest.