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Cats, pregnancy and the threat of toxoplasmosis

Kenneth Hammond-Aryee takes stock of the risks that toxoplasmosis holds for unborn babies, immune-compromised people such as those living with HIV/Aids, and people receiving organ transplants. This disease is linked to cats, and is caused by parasites,  “Say cheeeese.” Click, click, click goes the camera, as Kabaso* snaps picture after picture of the heavily pregnant…

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Putting mealie pap under the spotlight

Anina Guelpa talks about the properties of maize in this article from the 2015 New Voices in Science publication.  For the next few weeks, Scibraai will be featuring a few articles from this publication, written by postgraduate students of Stellenbosch University. These tell the stories of what the students found out during the course of…

Namaqua Daisies and other wild flowers growing on every bit of unused farmland in Namaqualand. Photo: 
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Rocking with Namaqualand’s daisies

For the next few weeks, Scibraai will be featuring a few articles that appeared in the 2015 New Voices in Science publication. The articles are all written by postgraduate students of Stellenbosch University, and tell the stories of what they found out during the course of their research. First up is Caroli de Waal, who…

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Smart solution for smart dust

Our lives have been taken over by smart things – smart phones, smart televisions, even smart homes. And now research has shown that smart dirt is on the increase too, writes Dr Nonjabulo Gule of Stellenbosch University.  Smart dirt consists of germs that cling to surfaces and that have become resistant to the chemicals we…