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African Physicists Set Their Sights on Mammoth Scope

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Science  22 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5964, pp. 400
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5964.400

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A meeting last week in the Senegalese capital not only was the first physics conference spanning the continent but also became a rally for African science, including the establishment of a new African Physical Society. On the minds of many here was the Square Kilometre Array, a next-generation radio telescope that will probe gas clouds in the early universe with a collecting area 100 times that of the Very Large Array in Socorro, New Mexico. A lengthy site-selection process has already eliminated China and South America, leaving just Africa and Australia.