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How Africa’s space rocks are driving planetary science

One-fifth of all the meteorites found on Earth have been discovered in Africa, and the…

Fighting the fungus

Many African countries are working to curb the threat posed to human and animal health by mycotoxins. But climate change could set back their progress,…

By Sharon Kantengwa
The promise and pitfalls of using AI to diagnose mental illness

Smart algorithms could soon help doctors diagnose neurological diseases like autism and schizophrenia. But will such tests be accurate in Africa? Sarah Wild reports. No…

By Sarah Wild
On Science and Homecoming: A diaspora African’s view

Neither guilt nor sentimentalism should drive an African diaspora scientist’s choice to return home, writes Sara Suliman, a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University in the…

By Sara Suliman
Yam genetics unveil cradle of agriculture in Africa

African yams were domesticated from a forest species and cultivated for the first time in an area around the Niger River. The findings, published in…

By Sandrine Ceurstemont
Scientific African Magazine Issue 2

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Scientists fight drug-resistant fungal infections with light

A group of scientists hailing from India, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa are using light to fight drug-resistant infections. Their work, published this month in…

By Linda Nordling
Exposing radioactivity in the building blocks that make up Accra

African cities are growing rapidly, with buildings mushrooming in major centers around the continent. But scientists in Ghana are concerned that building materials could be…

By Linda Nordling
Understanding how tsetse flies smell their prey could save lives

Scientists are examining how tsetse flies, which transmit deadly sleeping sickness in humans and nagana its animal counterpart in Africa, located their prey using their…

By Linda Nordling
Embedding traditional birth attendants in clinics and hospitals in Ghana could save mothers

Despite government efforts to boost access to maternal health services in Ghana, many women still choose to go to traditional birth attendants, rather than midwives,…

By Sarah Wild
We’re very excited

To launch this first issue of Scientific African Magazine this month. When we launched Scientific African, peer-reviewed, open access, inter-and a multidisciplinary scientific journal that…

By Nathalie Munyampenda
Ancient herbal remedy rallies a global science collaboration

Nigella sativa goes by many names: black cumin, black caraway, Roman coriander. But one name in particular caught the interest of Aminu Imam, a neuroscientist…

By Sarah Wild
Baobab cookies: A tasty way to fight malnutrition in Africa?

The use of baobab pulp in pastry is an innovation.” The iconic African baobab could soon be used to fight malnutrition on the continent in…

By Sarah Wild
Moving from goodwill to action : A call for a Coordinated Vision for Africa’s Digital Economy

In 2016, during the World Economic Forum, world and business leaders agreed that the Fourth Industrial Revolution had arrived, and that it would fundamentally change…

By Dr. Youssef Travaly, Nathalie Munyampenda & Esther Kunda
Scientists predict that African countries

Will be among the worst affected by human-induced climate change. But what exactly is going to happen? And what can we do to prepare for…

By Nathalie Munyampenda and Linda Nordling
Scientific African Magazine Issue 1

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Fufu for modern times

This new method will encourage customers to patronage fufu outside home especially when prepared by commercial food vendors. If you’re from West Africa, chances are…

By Linda Nordling
On the lookout for oil-eating microbes

In Nigeria, once thriving ecosystems have been devastated by decades of oil exploitation including oil spills caused by sabotage or illegal refining. But Chioma Chikere,…

By Linda Nordling
It’s time to foster Africa’s science revolution

A frica is a continent with a growing consumer base, entrepreneurial ambitions and homegrown innovation. With more than 300 technology hubs spread across 93 of…

By Thierry Zomahoun
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