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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…

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#Scibraai Menu: Mopane worms: are there still enough to go around?

In life, you get two types of people. Those who eat mopane worms, and those who definitely don’t. In Limpopo, the eating of mopane worms and trading in them are a way of life for many people living in the province. This tradition has been passed on from generation to generation. Environmental changes such as the…

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The dream of electric cars

Time to rev your (electric) engine. Funeka P. Nkosi of the CSIR writes in Science Today about electric cars, and the relevant research being done in South Africa.    Twenty years ago, it looked like the dream of the electric car was dead. Even though the first practical electric car was invented in 1884, these…

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Toxic fungi: what’s in your food?

This article by Theodora Ekwomadu of North-West University about food fungi is not for the squeamish. It first appeared in Science Today. Here goes! In 1960 more than 100,000 turkeys died in the United Kingdom. The mass death – linked to peanut meal, containing chemicals produced by fungi known as mycotoxins – brought the existence of…

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Shisa Sayensi- Isayensi yangeviki 17 uMasingane 2017

Nazi ezihamba phambili ezeSayensi eNingizimu Afrikha kuleliviki. Shisa Sayensi! Insangu nokusetshenziswa ukwelapha Umnyango wezeMpilo usuqalile nezinhlelo ezingenza ukuthi insangu icwaningwe ososayensi baseNingizimu Afrika ukuze kuzotholakala amakhemikhali angelapha izifo eziningi. Okwamanje ososayensi abakakwazi ukuthola ukuthi yini engenza insangu ibe ngcono ekulapheni izifo okufana nezinhlungu kanye nomdlavuza. Lokhu kutholakale kucwaningo olwenziwe ososayensi abase Harvard University. Lolucwaningo lulandela olunye…