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

Big discoveries and sharper pictures for growing MeerKAT telescope

THE MEERKAT telescope turned its eyes to deep space for the first time last year, and this year has produced even more captivating images with all its 32 eyes. Minister at the Department of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, delivered news on the progress of the telescope to parliament on Tuesday. In July 2016, the…

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A few shortcuts to the latest Homo naledi news

Still feel as if you’re not quite yet on top of the biggest science news coming out of South Africa this week? About the latest news about Homo naledi? Here’s a few essential links:   Here’s the full press release from Wits University. The first two paragraphs read: “The Rising Star Cave system in South Africa…

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Shisa Sayensi- Isayensi yangeviki – 07 kuNdasa 2017

  Nazi ezihamba phambili ezeSayensi eNingizimu Afrikha kuleliviki. Shisa Sayensi! Ubuthi besilwane sasemandulo Cishe asikho isilwane esisatshwa siphinde sinyanywe njengenyoka. Kusukela ebhayibhelini kuze kubekhona nakwizinganekwane, inyoka isilwane esingathembekile futhi esiyingozi. Okukhulu okwenza abantu beyisabe inyoka ukuthi iyalumana, ishaya umuntu eqakaleni imufake ubuthi obunokufa. Lokhu kuluma ngobuthi bekwaziwa kuyinto yayo inyoka kuphela kodwa ososayensi baseNyuvesi yaseWits…

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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…

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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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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…