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December - February 2015
Yep, doing things slightly backwards this issue figured why not…it’s the festive season.
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Articles in This Issue

Fungi. Many people react to the mere word “fungi” with a mixture of fear and revulsion, thinking of things like poisonous fly agarics or mouldy bread. Alternatively, pleasant things might spring to mind like bright orange chanterelles or that special omelette you once ate in Thailand. Very few people will think of a vast kingdom of organisms with the potential to create healthy ecosystems, cure diseases and maybe even save our planet...and yet...
Science is finally making inroads into the fascinating kingdom of fungi and the vast potential that it holds. For the purpose of this article I will be focusing on fungi in three sections: plants and forests, medicine and toxic waste disposal.Read More

For foreigners learning Chichewa it is probably a relief to find that many of the words used are actually English, which makes the burden of learning them that much easier; though often they are so heavily disguised by spelling that they are hard to recognise. Who would guess at first that the word masipeyala over a shop advertises that it is selling spare parts, that makasitomala are customers or that lisiti is a receipt? The reader may like to try deciphering the following spellings and guessing what English words lie behind them: lipoti, bolodi, kalipentala, fote, wilibala, neba, kalaliki, Ogasiti, Epulo, Malichi, tiyi, jakisoni, kereti, supuni, kompyuta, nambala, wani, thayi, donasi, apozi, nesi, golosale, mendulo, wenzulo, penote, siling’i, sitobere, sitediyamu, fetereza, thiredo pampu, siketi, belu, tayala, chubu, khoti, kalaliki, tchalitchi, thiransipoti, Read More

There are two types of sleeping sickness, that I know of, here in Malawi.
One is common and not serious. One is rare and potentially fatal.
The first is seen in Middle aged men ( and, dare I say it, some women ) who watch television after dinner. It can progress to falling asleep during sermons or political speeches and, in bad cases, during dinner - if the conversation is boring. A sharp dig in the ribs is the cure.
However it’s AFRICAN TRYPANOSOMIASIS that I want to talk about.
Q-What causes it? - A bug called Trypanosomiasis Rhodesiense (Not yet upgraded to Zimbabwiense) Read More

1.0 Location and description
UTM Coordinates 0592357 N, 8900937 E
The Mkungwe Hot-springs are located on a plane of a north south fault-line next to Mkungwe River after which the hot-springs centre is named. The Mkungwe River is a tributary of the North Rukuru River and is located at a distance of about 10 km away from Karonga town. The centre has a strong sulphurous smell with some natural whitish sulphur compounds observed in the vicinity of the hot pool at some point in time. Several water analyses and measurements were conducted by government institutions like the then Bvumbwe Tung Agricultural Experiment Station in 1958 and 1959 and individuals such as Bloomfield 1957, Kirkpatrict 1969 and shaeffer 1973 respectively and these tests revealed various chemical values. The water temperatures from different hot springs centres in the Malawian including the Mkungwe Site were measured at different times and the Read More

‘We are moving in the dark through the bush, just at the end of the rainy season. Tonight my team is the QRF (Quick Reaction Force) and we have just been told that two gunshots were heard 20 minutes ago. Our assignment is to go and find out where it came from.
Following our intuition of where the poachers may be, we decide to follow the ‘’dambo’’ (resembling a dry marsh, where poachers like to operate), our team Read More

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