Scientists say that there are four genetically distinct giraffe species. Photo: Engela Duvenage

A rethink about giraffes

If you thought that all giraffes were created equal, think again. Yes, based on their looks they all seem pretty much the same, but their genes tell a totally different story. The ones you’ll see in the Kruger National Park or elsewhere in South Africa are genetically very different from the ones in Ethiopia and…

Wine tasting at Stellenbosch University. Photo: Engela Duvenage

[LISTEN] The Science Inside’s Wine segment

This week’s The Science Inside radio slot is all about wine. The Drunken Monkey Hypothesis is discussed, and how our enjoyment of alcohol might be evolutionary. Find out about the chemistry of a good wine with Prof Antonio Ferreira and the process of wine making with Samantha Fairbairn. Both are from the Institute for Wine Biotechnology…

African striped mouse. Photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:C.R.Selvakumar

In tough times young mice take things slow

When the going gets tough, the young slow down and the old keep going. That’s what happens to African striped mice (Rhabdomys pumilio) in times of drought, according to researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand. Their findings are published in the journal Ethology. These highlight the influence of different seasons and the use of…

Source: http://www.uct.ac.za/dailynews

Shisa Sayensi – Owesifazane nesayensi yokwakheka komhlaba

  UXolisile Donda odabuka eNquthu ukhulume nabe Scibraai ohlelweni elikhuluma ngesayensi ngelika Mageba iShisa Sayensi. Ungalalela inkulumo-ngxoxo esiyiqophe naye la: Sikhulume naye esichazela ngesayensi ayenzayo esebenzisa umshini omkhulu kunayo yonke emhlabeni i-Large Hadron Collider ephethwe inhlangano ebizwa nge-CERN. UDonda uphinde akhulume ngokuhlangana nabanye abesifazane kulumkhakha wesayensi nokuthola amazwi eknkuthazo kumama wesizwe, kungqongqoshe wezesayensi kanye nomama obekade…

Janethon de Klerk (18, left) conducting a science experiment with a fellow learner at Carnarvon High School.

It starts with oneself – you need to love what you are doing

Janathon De Klerk calls herself the Astronomer of the Karroo in line with her ambition to become a radio astronomer at the Square Kilometre Array project. Now, her ambitions follow her ability to secure bursaries from the project due to her excellent performance at school and so far, she has not disappointed. Born and raised…

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

[LISTEN] The Science Inside – Transport

For petrolheads and science nerds alike, this week’s show gets into all things cars following the petrol strike. Elna looks at the past and future of electric cars and drives a South African made prototype with Winstone Jordaan from Gridcars. Dr Mathetha Mokonyama from the CSIR talks to us about how public transport systems get designed.…

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Monday Menu: Bottled water and human rights

Have you ever thought about the fact that bottled water might be having an impact on one of man’s most basic human rights – access to water? It’s all about commodification and boils down to money, says Maria Macarena Pereda of the University of Pretoria, in a mini-thesis she completed as part of her LLM…