WEB MAGAZINE: Spotlighting Africa's Research

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Science  11 Feb 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5711, pp. 823
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5711.823e

Africa is known as a great place for fieldwork on, say, human origins or cheetah behavior, but you rarely hear about the continent's own researchers. Science in Africa, a popular Web magazine edited by a graduate student and a biotechnology lecturer in South Africa, aims to spread the word. The 4-year-old publication features articles about African research in areas such as ecology and genetics, often written by African scientists, and posts news stories on important issues for the continent. One recent feature whisked readers into the bush to check on possible overharvesting of the mopane worm, a tasty caterpillar prized as a source of protein in southern Africa. Another story looked at attempts to predict Africa's version of El Niño.


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