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#The Science Inside: Dreaming of cricket

[LISTEN] Here’s a bit of science that just might help SA’s cricketers at the next World Cup. Lucid dreaming can help you with your batting. That’s according to Dr Karine Scheuermaier of the Wits University Sleep Clinic, in a recent episode of The Science Inside Radio Show. Also on the show is Michael Stevens from Jumping…

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Bushmen cure-all offers locals a sustainable income

The commercial potential of intoxicating kougoed, or Sceletium tortuosum, is reinvigorating a Nourivier community in the Northern Cape. Oom Jap, a Nourivier resident and traditional healer, and I stand in the shadow of one of the new buildings at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) kougoed project in the Northern Cape. Even though…

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Government links innovators and business

Government is trying to close the gap between innovation and businesses, with the introduction of the “innovation bridge”. Tuesday marks day one of South Africa’s first “innovation bridge” in Pretoria, a Department of Science and Technology event to match-make innovators with business. While a lot of innovation and research & development (R&D) takes place in South…

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Worried about meat production in SA thanks to Thandi Modise?

Is negligent farming common in South Africa? How dangerous is poor farming practice for humans and animals? Is science and technology being used ethically to improve animal health and productivity? Find out in Episode 22 of The Science Inside. [View the story “Worried about meat production in SA thanks to Thandi Modise?” on Storify] Like…

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Robot to test health of ocean ‘lungs’

In a pioneering move, a wave glider has been sent out to sea from Cape Town to measure pollution around Antarctica. A team from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) deployed this this ocean glider, which has begin its month long journey to the Southern Ocean. “Globally, there is a renewed interest in understanding what…

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Mathematical model a crystal ball for #elections2014

Local scientists and broadcasters have teamed up to bring South Africans confident projections of the final tally of votes by as early as Thursday morning, when just 10% of voting districts would have been counted. This is thanks to a mathematical algorithm that can predict voter behaviour.