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Night-time shots shed light on what works after 2010 FIFA World Cup in SA

  German economics researchers used satellite photographs taken at night to calculate the economic impact of the large-scale building of infrastructure ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. What they saw made them realise that it makes more long-term economic sense to invest in transport than in building large event venues. The…

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Why it’s still worth getting the flu vaccine this year

Is it worth getting a flu shot this winter? Dr Sibongile Walaza, a medical epidemiologist at South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases and lecturer at Wits, explains more about it. Influenza, more commonly known as flu, kills between 6000 and 11 000 South Africans every year. About half of those deaths are in the elderly…

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Elon Musk, Nasa en ruimtereise

Die Suid-Afrikaans gebore Elon Musk het reggekry waaroor die meeste lande net kan droom: Om in tien jaar ’n ruimtetuig van nuuts af te bou én ’n paar keer suksesvol te lanseer. Elon Musk (44) se ruimtemaatskappy, SpaceX, is ook aangewys om Nasa se ruimtevaarders van die toekoms te vervoer. Moontlik na Mars in tegnologies…

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The future of healthcare is data-driven

By Michelle Galloway, media officer for the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS). “The future of health care is data-driven,” said Michal Linial. “Our management of health and disease will depend to a huge extent on our ability to manage big data.” Prof. Linial is the Director of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies and the…

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Shisa Sayensi: Isayensi yangeviki (7 June 2016)

Ngithe uma ngibuka izindaba ezimayelene nesayensi nezobuchwepheshe ezivele kwi-website ye Scibraai.co.za. Shisa Sayensi! uNdlovu no Notho bazobona oSosayensi abakhulu OSosayensi abangabantu abasha ababili bakhethiwe ukuyomela izwe emhlanganweni woSosayensi abayizihlabane umhlaba wonke. Njalo ngonyaka kuhlangana ososayensi abaziwa umhlaba wonke ngokuklonyeliswa indondo ka-Nobel enikwa ososayensi abaziwayo ngemisebenzi yabo ebalulekile. ULuyanda Noto Kanye noSphumelele Ndlovu bakhethiwe ngokuphumelela kwabo emagatsheni…

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Oh rats! What can we learn about our health from cooldrink studies?

 A group of Stellenbosch University physiologists and a researcher from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology tested what happens when rats drank a sugar-sweetened beverage for three months. This was done in an effort to understand more clearly what happens in the body when you drink too much sweetened cooldrink. Researchers are increasingly realising that…

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[LISTEN] The Science Inside – Music and the Brain

Following the recent decision by the SABC to introduce a 90% local music quota, on this week’s episode you’ll hear about how music affects our brain and emotions and how our hearing is getting worse generation to generation because of all the music we listen to. Later we speak to Peter Coffin who makes music…