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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.


Meet The Kenyan Man Who Built An Aeroplane From Scratch

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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.


Kenya Hearts Barack With First Obama-Branded Mobile Phone

Mi Fone says yes we can…slap some red-and-blue Barack branding on a mobile phone and sell it in Kenya, home of Papa Obama. And they’re selling like the proverbial hot cake.


Text Messaging Is Saving Kenyan Elephants From Themselves

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.