A mopane worm dish. Photo: Wikimedia

#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…

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Every drop counts: watching water from space

In this article from Science Today, Keneilwe Hlahane of the University of Cape Town writes about how satellites are used to monitor the water quality in our dams. The water is green, a clear sign that it is polluted. Dense mats of algal blooms float on the surface of the dam, turning the water a dark…

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Weighty matter: metabolic syndrome on the rise among SA’s Asian Indian population

Metabolic syndrome (MetS) in South African Asian Indians is becoming a considerable health concern. It’s not only confined to older adults either. Worryingly, this lifestyle disease was identified in 6.9% of the young adults tested between the ages of 15 and 24 years. This is the results from the most up-to-date study available on the…

Source: www.sciencealert.com

Shisa Sayensi- Isayensi yeviki 30 uLwezi 2016

Nazi ezihamba phambili ezeSayensi eNingizimu Afrikha kuleliviki. Shisa Sayensi! Isimanga amantombazane akha isathelaythi Ukwakha isathelaythi ezothunyelwa emkhathini lapho khona izothumela imilayezo ebalulekile phansi emhlabeni kuthatha ubuchwepheshe obumangalisayo. Yize kunjalo, iqembu lamantombazane esikole anesathelaythi ezotshuza iye emkhathini ngonyaka ozayo. Amantombazane lawa asuka ezikoleni ezahlukene ezweni lonke, aqeqeshwe ososayensi nonjiniyela abasebenza ngokwezomkhathi namasathelaythi. Izinga lokuqeqesheka kwabo selibenze…