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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.…

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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] Like this:Like Loading…

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Between science and society: Northern Cape communities struggle with the telescope in their backyards

“Will the SKA affect pregnancies in the area?” The question comes in Afrikaans, in a rough voice belonging to someone who has lived a much longer, harder life than this middle-aged man appears to have lived. We’re in Vanwyksvlei, in the Northern Cape. Outside the last light is draining from the timeless Hantam Karoo landscape.…

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Academics make jump to lightspeed internet

Data and computing initiatives are joining forces to forge a high-speed research network for South Africa. In bandwidth-thirsty South Africa, the country’s universities and research institutions are oases of the stuff, with a torrent of capacity, up to 10 gigabits a second, running between them. With this internal capacity and international linkages, South African researchers…

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See the Bloodhound SSC in Pretoria before record attempt

The opportunity to have a close look at a jet-powered car built to clock at 1000 mph (1600 km/h) is not one to miss. You have only until this Friday, April 24th, to view the Bloodhound Supersonic car (SSC) before it goes on its record-setting mission on a barren stretch of land in the Northern Cape in…

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Do research chairs fuel SA’s research engine?

NEWS ANALYSIS The problem: South African universities are struggling to meet the workforce demands for highly skilled graduates and increase their research output at the same time. There are only so many academic positions in the country and, inter alia, these people have to teach, do their own research and train postgraduates. Part of government’s…