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Race ‘science’ resurfaces but not all is black and white

Sarah Wild of the Mail and Guardian interviewed Gavin Evans, a former South African journalist. He tackles the notion that intelligence is skin deep in his new book,Black Brain, White Brain: Is intelligence skin deep?  “The problem with Africa is that Africans don’t know how to do technology. Go look up race and IQ and you’ll see that…

A team of researchers has R12.5-million and two years to consider the effect of fracking for shale gas on the Karoo.
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Fracking out in the open at last

A team of researchers has R12.5-million and two years to consider the effect of fracking for shale gas on the Karoo. The strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of shale gas development has to be completed in two years – before exploration for the energy source begins in earnest, assessment leader Professor Bob Scholes said this week.…

Inside the Large Hadron Collidaer experiment. Image by Pierre Albouy, Reuters.

SA crunches into the collider data grid

South Africa has joined the computing grid for the largest particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The collider, which straddles the border between France and Switzerland and is about 100m underground, is a massive particle accelerator, owned by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern). The super-conducting magnets in the accelerator…

Invasive pest: The Sirex wasp is not indigenous to SA and has no natural predators. The wasp's reproductive process kills pine trees.

Biologists blunt the sting of a tree-killing alien wasp

The Sirex wasp and its deadly passenger have brought the prospect of ruin to the pine industry, but geneticists have a shrewd plan to fight back. Wasps – some black, others black and orange – are pinned to a board of blue rubber foam. One begins to twitch and you register that some of them…

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SA wants more eyes in the sky

More eyes in the sky will end our reliance on other countries’ satellites and provide useful data in key areas. South Africa will launch its latest earth observation satellite in 2019, Sandile Malinga, chief executive of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa), told the Mail & Guardian last month. At the moment, the country…

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South Africa’s Antarctic history is being unfrozen in time

Used as a gateway to the world’s southernmost continent since the 18th century, South Africa has been actively involved in scientific research in Antarctica and in its only overseas territory, the Prince Edward Islands, since the end of World War II. The Antarctica Legacy of South Africa, a programme based at Stellenbosch University and funded…

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iShack delivers power (and television) to the people

If you are poor and living in an informal settlement in South Africa, housing is a waiting game – if you qualify, that is. According to the most recent census data, more than three million people live in shacks in informal settlements, which equates to about 1.2-million households throughout the country. And the government’s subsidised…