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2017 SCIENCE BUDGET GOES UP, BUT THE MONEY BUYS LESS

Analysis On paper, South Africa’s science and technology budget continues to edge up. On Wednesday, finance minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his national budget to Parliament, sharing out the country’s R1.56-trillion. The department of science and technology’s budget’s looks set to continue to increase: From R7,44-billion in 2015-16, and R7,43-billion in 2016-17,  it will be hitting…

Janethon de Klerk (18, left) conducting a science experiment with a fellow learner at Carnarvon High School.

It starts with oneself – you need to love what you are doing

Janathon De Klerk calls herself the Astronomer of the Karroo in line with her ambition to become a radio astronomer at the Square Kilometre Array project. Now, her ambitions follow her ability to secure bursaries from the project due to her excellent performance at school and so far, she has not disappointed. Born and raised…

The "yellow blob" resolves into three with "better spectacles".

MeerKAT science: First Light

MeerKAT science: First Light THE MEERKAT radio telescope opened its eyes for the very first time last month and with the science being done, produced amazing images. MeerKAT lead scientist, Dr Fernando Camilo, took journalists and government officials on a journey that started with KAT-7 to the 16-dish MeerKAT array that ends with a stunning…

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I-MeerKAT Ithola Obekungaziwa eMkhathini

UMSHINI wokucwaninga izinkanyezi ozoba omkhulu kunayo yonke emhlabeni uvulwe ngokomthetho esifundazweni se-Northern Cape ngoMgqibelo odlule. Lomshini wakhiwa abacwaningi nonjiniyela bakhona la eNingizimu Afrika. Ukuvulwa kwalomshini kuhambisane nomcimbi obukade unalabo bezindaba kanye nongqongqoshe abaningi. Lomshini osebenzisa amagagasi omsakazo ukucwaninga umkhathi uzoba nezindishi ezingama-64 kodwa okwamanje zisawu-16. Izindishi lezi zibukeka ziphinde zisebenze njengalezi ezitholakala ezindlini ezinenhlanhla yokuba…

The “Offset Gregorian” type antenna stands among 15 others that form part of the current configuration of the MeerKAT telescope. Photo: Sibusiso Biyela.

MeerKAT Puts South Africa on the Map

  TOP government officials bore witness to the launch of what is on its way to being the most powerful telescope in the world. The weekend saw the unveiling of 16 new antennas at the SKA site near Carnarvon with amazing science to boot. The MeerKAT team, in conjunction with the Department of Science and…

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The nuts and bolts that make up the KAT-7 #Scibraai Monday Menu

Do you want to get up to speed with what’s been happening in the Karoo since the construction of the first KAT-7 radio telescopes started? Then have a look at this paper written by a host of local and international experts in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. In it, Tony Folley and…

Theodore Roosevelt on a hunting safari, somewhere around 1900. Photo: Wikipedia?library of Congress

“Puff adders don’t smell … like anything” – meerkats, dogs

These little guys learn much faster than dogs apparently, at least when it comes to learning how to pick out a snake’s scent from a line-up. A photo posted by Anina Mumm (@aninja_m) on Jan 11, 2016 at 12:19pm PST In this photo, Ash Miller, a Wits post-grad, demonstrates how she trained meerkats to recognise…