Jill Adler: the engaged maths scholar

Most academics spend much of their time teaching. But few South African high-school teachers end up becoming world-renowned researchers with an A-rating from the National Research Foundation. Yet, this is what Professor Jill Adler has done. A teacher by training, an activist at heart, she has bucked many trends to become one of the world’s…

Salim Abdool Karim: a crusader for HIV research

Salim Abdool Karim is a revolutionary in everything he does, be it opposing apartheid rule, challenging AIDS denialists, or revamping South Africa’s medical research funding. Along the way, he has ruffled some feathers. But ‘Slim’, as he is known to most, gets away with it because his actions are designed for the greater good, and…

Quarraisha Abdool Karim: protecting women against HIV

Few AIDS researchers have done as much to help the plight of poor, rural women in South Africa as Quarraisha Abdool Karim. This is her story, as published in the Academy of Science of South Africa’s book “Legends of South African Science“. It is part of a series of profiles about leading South Africans that…

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…

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.…