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  • The best feature stories of 2012

SciDev.Net brings you a selection of the best feature articles of 2012 curated by our editors in London.

The articles' topics cover the globe and span a wide range of issues, from Fiji's fisheries, India's GM crop debates, Arab science education, to the Rio+20 summit in Brazil, issues of grassroots innovation and women's drudgery in the developing world, and solar energy and deep-sea mining in Africa.

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Maize farmer, Africa - Flickr/M. DeFreese/CIMMYT

Q&A: Princess Sumaya on science after the Arab Spring

Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan talks to SciDev.Net about hopes for science in the Middle East, science diplomacy and the role of women scientists.

Plastic bag protest - Flickr/350.org

The solar researchers aiming to light up Africa

Can a new network of African energy researchers lead the way on solar power for the continent? Christine Ottery finds out.

The new turbine - Saphon Energy

Old and new knowledge combine to protect Fiji's fish

Efforts to protect precious marine biodiversity by combining science and local knowledge are difficult but can work, reports Naomi Antony.

The new turbine - Saphon Energy

Can technology rescue women farm workers from drudgery?

Interest is growing in tools and innovations that can ease the workload imposed on women farm workers, report M Sreelata and Naomi Antony.

The new turbine - Saphon Energy

Developing countries face up to synthetic biology challenges

As commercial synthetic biology production gathers speed, there are growing calls for greater regulation, reports Yojana Sharma.

Children near Kunsu, Ghana - Flickr/Gates Foundation

Your guide to science and technology at Rio+20

How will science and technology fare at the Rio+20 summit? Aisling Irwin looks at scientists' demands and assesses their chances.

Flour mill on a scooter - SRISTI, Ahmedabad

Farmers' income study stirs up GM cotton debate

Controversy continues over the impact of Bt cotton on the lives of farmers in India, report M. Sreelata and T. V. Padma.

Women labourers in Africa - Flickr/Gates Foundation

Drinking up science in African cafés

Science cafés — where scientists talk to local people at popular meeting places — are gaining popularity in Africa, as Esther Nakkazi reports.

Women labourers in Africa - Flickr/Gates Foundation

What might Red Sea mining bring to Saudi Arabia and Sudan?

Deep-sea mining in the Red Sea may bring in jobs for scientists. But how will any benefits be shared and what will it do to biodiversity? Paula Park investigates.

 

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