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Why Google Is So Interested In Kenya's Public Transport System

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.


Nine Transportation-Related Jobs That Only Exist In Certain Cultures

Would you get paid to act as a third passenger in a vehicle so the car could drive into a congestion-restricted area? How about signing up to pack people into crowded train cars? Dress up as a zebra and walk the streets, preventing cars from running red lights?


Drones Could Help Reduce Poaching In Kenya By 96 Per Cent

Drones will soon fill the skies above Kenya’s 52 national parks and reserves, after a successful pilot program showed that they’re effective at stopping poachers. Very effective: In the pilot program, drones reduced poaching by a remarkable 96 per cent.


Why Do Chinese Investors Want To Build A Dubai-Style City In Kenya?

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.


What Kenya's Mall Siege Reveals About The Urban Future Of War

A 2003 article in the Military Review has proven darkly prescient with last weekend’s terrorist siege of a shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Written by two retired US Army Lieutenant Colonels, the piece outlines the emergence of modern-day siege warfare tactics, or the invasion of large architectural structures.


Scientists Have Found A Huge Underground Water Reserve In Kenya

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.


SMS Could Save Endangered Animals In Kenya

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.


Kenyan Air Force Tweets Somalis: We're About To Bomb You #Duck

Two weeks into Kenya’s risky attack on Somali extremists, the Kenyan military is warning civilians to expect air raids in the vicinity of 10 Somali towns. The heads-up itself is not unusual. What is unusual is the medium: Twitter, the short messaging service.


How Do You Keep Elephants From Eating Your Food?

I always thought elephants were afraid of mice. But scientists and farmers in Kenya have found that the best way fend off a herd of passing elephants is to erect a fence covered in bees. Talk about creative.


Quadrotor Drones Get Intimate With African Animals

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.