Elizabeth DiCesare

Elizabeth DiCesare

Elizabeth is a writer currently based in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Canine units help fight against poachers

Dogs have been used as trackers for hundreds of years: to hunt, to find missing persons, and to detect illegal contraband and bombs. Now, they are being used to help track down the illegal poachers that threaten African wildlife. The Big Life Foundation has recently launched the Big Life Tracker Dog Unit to fight poaching in East Africa, where elephants are regularly targeted for their tusks.

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Growing Rhino Horns to Stop Poaching

  Wildlife  poaching is the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, firearms and human trafficking. Rhinos are one of the most frequently poached animals on the African continent, and they are killed for a single part of their body: their horns. In some Asian cultures, it is believed that the components of rhino horns can help cure different types of …

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IACC Series, Transparency International: Reality-Based Game Provides Knowledge About Political Corruption

In our latest article about the work of Transparency International and the IACC conference, we look at the work of Paolo Rivas and a board game he created that provides an easy way to teach difficult and complex topics surrounding governance and corruption.

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Book Review: ‘The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator’, pt 3

This weeks review looks at the work of Joel Selanikio. In 2002 Selanikio partnered with his friend and colleague Rose Donna and began to develop a new program called EpiSurveyor — now called Magpi — with a goal of becoming the “first do-it-yourself system for mobile electronic data collection that didn’t require any technical expertise at all.”

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New App Tests for HIV and Syphilis in 15 minutes

Biomedical engineers at Columbia University, led by Dr. Samuel K. Sia, have developed an innovative accessory that can be attached to smartphones for rapid HIV and syphilis testing. This device, called a dongle, can detect and diagnose these two sexually-transmitted diseases in only 15 minutes.

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Fighting Back Against FGM

Female genital mutilation (FGM) — also referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision — is widely consider to be a human rights violation against girls and women, and the rights of children, as it is often carried out on young girls, usually between the ages of their infancy and fifteen.

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