Legends of South African Science

For the next few months, Scibraai in collaboration with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) will feature the life stories of 53 South African science legends. These stories were all included in the 2017 book “Legends of South African Science“.  The book features Academy Members who rank among the top achievers in the…

TB: Discovering new methods to test and treat a very old disease  

  by Michelle Galloway Chemistry professor Nicole Sampson is working on the development of a rapid, cheaper diagnostic test for TB infection. Her research group at Stony Brook University in the US is collaborating with clinicians at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre at Stellenbosch University. “An estimated 9 million people have active tuberculosis (TB) globally…

The Science Inside: about paintbrush lillies, passwords and science kits

Have a listen to this episode of The Science Inside – it’s about efforts to save the paintbrush lily, home science kits for high school learners, and how hackers steal passwords right from your thoughts. Unscience will tell you whether your face may be making you look rich. The Science Inside is presented by Elna Schütz…

The Case of the Drinking Aardvark

Scientists do not always get their aha moments when they implicitly set out to find one. Serendipity often comes into play, which then warrants further investigation and eventual discovery. Sometimes these discoveries put pay to hearsay, and provide much clearer facts. Such is the Case of the Drinking Aardvark. Prof Graham Kerley of the Centre…

Science and ‘social learning’ key to reduce climate disaster risks – Oxpeckers

Disrupting the Future: How communities and experts work together to reduce flood disaster risks in Limpopo. A multimedia #ClimaTracker investigation by Anina Mumm EXPLORE THE FULL MULTIMEDIA FEATURE HERE When the Western Cape experienced its worst storm in three decades in early June, disaster relief teams were on stand-by thanks to the early warnings provided by…

Young SA scientists forge networks at BRICS

The 2nd BRICS Young Scientists Forum gathered young researchers from five partner countries of the BRICS conglomerate to share in their academic and policy practices. The networking forum was hosted by China as BRICS 2017 chair at the Zhejiang University from 11 to 15 July in the south-eastern city of Hangzhou, in the Zhejiang province.…

Take two: recycling tyres

What should be done with the hundreds of millions of tyres that are discarded each year? Itziar Iraola Arregui presents a few ideas in this article from The Conversation Africa. The number of vehicles is growing worldwide and as a result the number of tyres is increasing too. Hundreds of millions of tyres are discarded each year.…