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A few shortcuts to the latest Homo naledi news

Still feel as if you’re not quite yet on top of the biggest science news coming out of South Africa this week? About the latest news about Homo naledi? Here’s a few essential links:   Here’s the full press release from Wits University. The first two paragraphs read: “The Rising Star Cave system in South Africa…

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New puff adder behaviour uncovered: it uses two ways to entice its prey

Puff adders display diverse predatory strategies. This shows they have higher cognitive abilities than previously though. This is according to University of the Witwatersrand researchers Xavier Glaudas and Graham Alexander, via The Conversation Africa. Predators use a variety of strategies to increase the odds of capturing prey. An amazing example involves the use of luring behaviours, which are…

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New species named after the man who co-wrote the ultimate Cape orchid book

Bill Liltved, the driving force behind what many people call the “opus” of South Africa’s orchid species, has been honoured by having a newly identified white orchid species from the Kogelberg mountains being named after him: Satyrium liltvedianum. The new species is announced in the latest edition of the South African Journal of Botany which…

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LEGO tape is a South African product

Did you know that the creators of an adhesive tape with LEGO-compatible studs are from Cape Town? Clinton Matos of HTXT Africa has the full story. In the past few days the world has become enamoured with the Indiegogo campaign for Nimuno Loops – an adhesive tape with LEGO-compatible studs that promises you the ability to stick…

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Shisa Sayensi- Isayensi yangeviki – 07 kuNdasa 2017

  Nazi ezihamba phambili ezeSayensi eNingizimu Afrikha kuleliviki. Shisa Sayensi! Ubuthi besilwane sasemandulo Cishe asikho isilwane esisatshwa siphinde sinyanywe njengenyoka. Kusukela ebhayibhelini kuze kubekhona nakwizinganekwane, inyoka isilwane esingathembekile futhi esiyingozi. Okukhulu okwenza abantu beyisabe inyoka ukuthi iyalumana, ishaya umuntu eqakaleni imufake ubuthi obunokufa. Lokhu kuluma ngobuthi bekwaziwa kuyinto yayo inyoka kuphela kodwa ososayensi baseNyuvesi yaseWits…

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[LISTEN] The Science Inside: Radio waves, lost continents and skirt lengths

Want to know more about a cellphone that could charge itself, how to build a radio from scratch or how the SKA radio telescope is to probe the radio waves of distant galaxies? Then listen to this episode of “The Science Inside”, produced by the Wits Radio Academy. Other topics in this show include: * News…

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2017 SCIENCE BUDGET GOES UP, BUT THE MONEY BUYS LESS

Analysis On paper, South Africa’s science and technology budget continues to edge up. On Wednesday, finance minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his national budget to Parliament, sharing out the country’s R1.56-trillion. The department of science and technology’s budget’s looks set to continue to increase: From R7,44-billion in 2015-16, and R7,43-billion in 2016-17,  it will be hitting…