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Invitations are out for early childhood development hackathon

  by Matshelane Mamabolo, HTXT.africa  Developers, hackers, tech creatives and designers will join “unlike minded” folks at UCT’s Graduate School of Business in three weeks for a hackathon that’s aiming to improve the lives of children. If you want to take part, simply sign up through the UCT GSB website and you join in the efforts to develop…

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Silent giants unlock story of climate change

Researchers are using baobab trees to learn about climate conditions that prevailed thousands of years ago. Engorged ancient baobab trunks could tell the story of climate change in South Africa over the past thousand years, according to a paper published in the journal PlosONE. Adansonia digitata, a baobab endemic to Southern Africa, can provide this…

Prof. Darlene Lubbe (middel), ’n oor-neus-en-keel-spesialis van die Groote Schuur-hospitaal en die Universiteit van Kaapstad, verwyder ’n gewas teen die brein endoskopies. Links staan prof. Patrick Semple, en regs is dr. Gavin Quail. Met dié operasie hoef die pasiënt se skedel nie oopgesny te word nie. Foto’s: Elsabé Brits.

Breinchirurgie sonder ‘n enkele snit

Die man op die operasietafel was al meer as tien keer onder die mes om ’n gewas te verwyder. Vandag sal sy skedel nie weer oopgesny word nie – ’n voorste geneesheer sal die gewas sonder ’n enkele snit deur sy neus uithaal. Elsabé Brits was daar. Dillon (47) het ’n gewas so groot soos…

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February Events – some sense about string theory

SciBraai is excited to be promoting local science-, technology- and innovation-related events in the Mother City. This month, these events get to grips with one of the most complex concepts in physics: string theory! There is also a discussion on how bitcoins work. Don’t worry though, these talks are aimed at the public, so the academic…

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Climate change, farming and profits: It all depends

How will climate change affect the profit margins of farming endeavours throughout South Africa? It all depends on how rainfall, temperature and the subsequent need for irrigation will change the yield and quality of produce being farmed, region by region. So says agricultural economists Dr Hamman Oosthuizen, who used farms in Hoedspruit, Carolina, Moorreesburg and…

’n Witborskraai met ’n voëltjie in die bek. Foto: Verskaf

Witborskraaie ‘dun prooispesies nie uit’

Witborskraaie is lief om ander klein voëltjies te vang, maar het dit ’n invloed op die bevolkings van inheemse voëls? Dr. Arjun Amar van die Universiteit van Kaapstad se Percy FitzPatrick-instituut vir Afrika-voëlkunde het gesê dié verskynsel is iets wat baie mense sien en wat ontstellend kan wees. “Die afleiding word dan gemaak dat witborskraaie…

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Scibraai Sides: Rugby’s BokSmart programme gets nod from researchers

Scientists have given the thumbs up to the BokSmart intervention programme – an initiative that aims to teach South African rugby players how to play the game with gusto without causing too many injuries to themselves or others. This national injury prevention programme was introduced in South African in 2009, partly because rugby players have…