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.…

LEGO tape is a South African product

Did you know that the creators of an adhesive tape with LEGO-compatible studs are from Cape Town? Clinton Matos of HTXT Africa has the full story. In the past few days the world has become enamoured with the Indiegogo campaign for Nimuno Loops – an adhesive tape with LEGO-compatible studs that promises you the ability to stick…

20 Things To Know About SA’s Research Infrastructure Roadmap

You can find more original science content by Sarah Wild on Wild On Science. [View the story “20 Things To Know About SA’s Research Infrastructure Roadmap, By Sarah Wild” on Storify]

TV show EDGE wants to help geeks show off their best work

Have you built something that you’d like to show off to the country? Do you have an opinion on a gadget, game or anything at all that’s vaguely techie that you’d like to share? Do you do unboxings on YouTube that nobody watches and you’d like a bit more exposure? Well, here’s your chance: EDGE,…

Crowdfunded community alarm system aims to make informal settlements safer

Unlike those who can afford a security system for their homes, residents in informal settlements have virtually no way of telling if their homes are being invaded. But now, a new cost-effective alarm system is looking to change that. Most township alarm systems we’ve seen lately, like Lumkani andScova, are made to combat fires in townships. Cape Town-based…

Old payphones to become wifi access points in SA?

  Superman always puts payphone booths to good use. It seems they might become wifi hotspots too. Charlie Fripp of HTXT.Africa writes more about such plans.  Late last year, the City of New York announced plans to turn old public payphones into WiFi hotspots across the city. LinkNYC, as it was named, would reportedly cost the city…