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Toxic fungi: what’s in your food?

This article by Theodora Ekwomadu of North-West University about food fungi is not for the squeamish. It first appeared in Science Today. Here goes! In 1960 more than 100,000 turkeys died in the United Kingdom. The mass death – linked to peanut meal, containing chemicals produced by fungi known as mycotoxins – brought the existence of…

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Shisa Sayensi- Isayensi yangeviki 17 uMasingane 2017

Nazi ezihamba phambili ezeSayensi eNingizimu Afrikha kuleliviki. Shisa Sayensi! Insangu nokusetshenziswa ukwelapha Umnyango wezeMpilo usuqalile nezinhlelo ezingenza ukuthi insangu icwaningwe ososayensi baseNingizimu Afrika ukuze kuzotholakala amakhemikhali angelapha izifo eziningi. Okwamanje ososayensi abakakwazi ukuthola ukuthi yini engenza insangu ibe ngcono ekulapheni izifo okufana nezinhlungu kanye nomdlavuza. Lokhu kutholakale kucwaningo olwenziwe ososayensi abase Harvard University. Lolucwaningo lulandela olunye…

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Every drop counts: watching water from space

In this article from Science Today, Keneilwe Hlahane of the University of Cape Town writes about how satellites are used to monitor the water quality in our dams. The water is green, a clear sign that it is polluted. Dense mats of algal blooms float on the surface of the dam, turning the water a dark…

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Weighty matter: metabolic syndrome on the rise among SA’s Asian Indian population

Metabolic syndrome (MetS) in South African Asian Indians is becoming a considerable health concern. It’s not only confined to older adults either. Worryingly, this lifestyle disease was identified in 6.9% of the young adults tested between the ages of 15 and 24 years. This is the results from the most up-to-date study available on the…

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Shisa Sayensi- Isayensi yeviki 30 uLwezi 2016

Nazi ezihamba phambili ezeSayensi eNingizimu Afrikha kuleliviki. Shisa Sayensi! Isimanga amantombazane akha isathelaythi Ukwakha isathelaythi ezothunyelwa emkhathini lapho khona izothumela imilayezo ebalulekile phansi emhlabeni kuthatha ubuchwepheshe obumangalisayo. Yize kunjalo, iqembu lamantombazane esikole anesathelaythi ezotshuza iye emkhathini ngonyaka ozayo. Amantombazane lawa asuka ezikoleni ezahlukene ezweni lonke, aqeqeshwe ososayensi nonjiniyela abasebenza ngokwezomkhathi namasathelaythi. Izinga lokuqeqesheka kwabo selibenze…

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The science of what Doom bug spray does to humans

You writhe in pain, your limbs twitch uncontrollably, you get convulsions all over your body, your heart stops, you stop moving, you die. This is what happens to you when you are sprayed with Doom insecticide. Also, this only happens if you happen to be a pesky insect who has upset a human overlord. This…

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How long until we lose the moon?

Interested in local research about the moon? Then read this article by Sphumelele Ndlovu of the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which first appeared in the latest edition of Science Today.   The Moon, every year, moves away from Earth by about 3.8 cm. It seems very small, about the…