Education Asian universities rising Recent release by first-ever Asia-Pacific rankings confirms region’s universities are joining the world’s best. Water Nanotech for cleaner water in Africa Forestry Deforestation costs outweigh farm benefits Water Libyans cry ‘water for oil’ Infrastructure suffers as a result of political instability, leaving people angry at water shortages and inflated prices. News: 22/08/17 Researchers model ways to control deadly maize disease Scientists use a mathematical model to predict effective ways of controlling deadly maize lethal necrosis (MLN). Farming Food security Agriculture Policy Analysis blog: 21/08/17 Asia’s universities inching up world rankings Some universities are approaching the top 20, their success partly down to ‘brain gain’ and research investment. Education Capacity building Publishing R&D Enterprise News: 17/08/17 Africa-Canada scheme funds nanotech to purify water Partnership between Canada, Kenya and South Africa targets cheaper clean-up of water and soil using nanotechnology. Water Funding Pollution Environment R&D News: 16/08/17 Most countries lose out with forest-to-farm conversions Converting forests into farms is not economically viable except in a few regions, says a global study. Forestry Farming Agriculture Environment Policy Water and power: Mega-dams, mega-damage? From the Amazon to the Mekong, hydropower projects risk impacts on people and environment for low-carbon energy. Leave no child behind: Moving the agenda forward Progress has been made protecting children around the world, but how can we continue this trend, as well as assess children under the radar? How to advance your career in science How do you get on the right path in your scientific career? Here we’ve distilled advice and tips from researchers. Bhutan’s quest for alternative energy Shrinking glaciers and a changing economy are forcing the Bhutanese to question their dependence on hydropower. Mapping trachoma to eliminate blindness Explore how a huge project targeting this infectious eye condition has set the standard for surveying disease.