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The leading features of 2014

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Over the past 12 months, SciDev.Net took its usual in-depth look at a range of topics, which this year included the use of fog catchers to boost water security, computer coders offering their services for free and the benefits of African ‘brain migration’.

But which features grabbed your attention? Based on the number of visits to articles, here is a rundown of our top ten features of the year.


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Will flying cars for humanitarian aid take off?
One man’s quest to help indigenous tribes in Ecuador might shake up the humanitarian sector — with a flying car.


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Uganda’s anti-gay law may threaten its research
Uganda could see science funding cuts following its anti-gay law, as some donors pull out, reports Katia Moskvitch.


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What do aid agency mergers mean for development? 
Will Australian and Canadian moves weaken anti-poverty efforts in the poorest nations, asks Yojana Sharma.


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Science: What can it do for the Sustainable Development Goals?
With the SDGs now being negotiated, Rachel Mundy asks seven experts how science can ensure the goals’ success.


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A new horizon for African-European research links
With the EU’s new €80 billion research fund under way, how has its predecessor the FP7 affected African science? 


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Mixing science and traditional knowledge in forestry 
Local knowledge mixed with science lets indigenous entrepreneurs boost their forest profits, reports Joel Winston.


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Big data for development: Facts and figures
What is big data, and how could it transform development policy? Emmanuel Letouzé takes a close look at this emerging field.


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UK’s Science Media Centre lambasted for pushing corporate science
Academics call for more critical journalism and public interest in science media centres, reports Mićo Tatalović.


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How anthropologists help medics fight Ebola in Guinea
These experts enabled front-line medical teams to get through to local people, reports Amzath Fassassi.


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Q&A: Jeffrey Sachs on why the SDGs are big on science
The UN advisor says criticism that the draft Sustainable Development Goals contain little science is unjustified.

What were your favourite stories this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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