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The African brain drain

An inaugural science conference in Senegal has committed to tackling the continent’s exodus of STEM talent
The 2016 Land Rover Bursary Expedition has commenced, scouting out a route for the first Transcaucasian hiking trail, stretching across Georgia and Armenia
Women, especially in developing nations, are bearing the burden of a global childcare crisis, with many being forced to leave their children at home while they work
A new report reveals the scale of the challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa if it is to hit its sustainable development targets, with most countries scoring badly across almost all goals
Inspired by the Victorian adventurers, Joff Summerfield decided to circumnavigate the globe on that most impractical-looking of all bicycles
Edward Whitley is a conservationist, author, and founder of the Whitley Fund for Nature
After months stranded on Antarctic ice, the crew of the wrecked Endurance finally took to the sea and set a desperate course for solid land
A planned kayaking expedition in Nepal took on a whole new dimension for Jonny Hawkins when he found himself caught in the devastating Gorkha earthquake. Thoughts of exploration soon turned to helping those in need
Canada’s Inuit population is beginning a year-long project to amalgamate its varying written characters in order to create a common alphabet
Team completes historic Arctic expedition recreation from Canada to Alaska

New ideas in drugs war

Next month will see a pivotal UN summit review strategies to combat the criminal drugs trade. Could the new Sustainable Development Goals lead the way?
Mark Evans is an explorer, author and founder of the University of the Desert in Oman. His latest 1,300km expedition across the word’s largest sand desert, the Rub al’Khali, recreated the first crossing by Bertram Thomas in 1930
Renowned photographer Martin Hartley recalls his part in an expedition to make the first snowboard descent of Klyuchevskaya Sopka, the highest active volcano in Eurasia
The widely reported shaving of thousands of Muslim men in Tajikistan is the latest in a series of strict measures adopted by the country in recent years
2015 saw an estimated 1.1 million migrants and asylum seekers arrive within Germany’s borders. But it won’t prevent the country’s long-term demographic decline
When a back injury threatened to derail Paul Deegan’s attempt to traverse the Pyrenees on foot, he re-evaluated every item in his rucksack. Would an obsession with item weight and Olympic-level techniques be enough to see him through?
Porters are often the unsung heroes of a Himalayan expedition, hefting vital equipment and making a trekker’s dream become reality. Rob Fraser decided to find out what life as a Sherpa really entails and whether a 51-year-old westerner could carry…
In southwest France, Chris Fitch finds himself seduced by a unique Basque cultural identity that preserves its heritage with a stubborn yet admirable passion

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