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  • Our top 10 most popular pieces of 2016

    Shannon Marie Harmon

    20/12/16
An image gallery of robots that manage waste, a Spotlight opinion on practical ways to fight mental health stigma and a data visualisation about mapping blindness are all among key articles included in our 2016 round up of most viewed pieces on SciDev.Net:

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10. 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.

 


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9. Science meets farming to reveal Africa's best bean

As climate change hits home, the race is on to find beans that can withstand random weather patterns. 
 


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8. Scientists race to halt banana catastrophe

The Tropical Race 4 fungus is killing this vital crop in Asia, the Middle East and Mozambique.
 


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7. Periods are the next frontier of humanitarian response

Five simple changes in water and sanitation can help manage menstruation in crises, says Nicole Klaesener-Metzner. 
 


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6. Get pragmatic to tackle mental health stigma

Evidence-based approaches can help poor countries overcome this major barrier to care, says Jagannath Lamichhane.
 


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5. Mapping trachoma to eliminate blindness

Explore how a huge project targeting this infectious eye condition has set the standard for surveying disease.
 


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4. Health risk from Peruvian oil spills still unclear

Two months after leaks, local people do not know if it is safe to drink, bathe in or fish in river water.
 


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3. Use biotech to beef up climate fight

Poor nations shouldn’t miss out on advances such as lab-cultured meat and low-methane GM rice, says Jayson Merkley.

 


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2. Nanotech bandage heals wounds in days

A team of Egyptian researchers is using nanotechnology to develop a bandage that speeds up wound healing.
 


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1. Nigerian girls build robots to tackle waste

In these photos, schoolgirls in Abuja engage with science supported by the Odyssey Educational Foundation.