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Evolution Day – the SciBraai round-up

Darwin apparently described South Africa as dull and uninteresting when he first visited, but we know today, thanks to many a #SAscienceHero, that SA’s evolutionary history is anything but boring. Below is our round-up of Evolution Day, hosted by Wits on 20 June 2015. Prof Francis Thackeray says Charles Darwin called SA a dull and un-interesting…

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Xenophobia in SA: How prejudice is born

“Prejudice is a group phenomenon. You don’t have a personal feeling about someone who has something different, just by yourself. It’s somehow created, somehow part of social norms.” – Social psychologist Prof Gillian Finchilescu from the University of Witwatersrand, who has been studying prejudice for years. This week The Science Inside looks at xenophobia, xenophobic violence…

WHIZ KID: Previn Naicker is busy at work in the CSIR lab on the development of protein particles. Photo: CSIR

Previn Naicker, 23, is youngest Witsie to get PhD

By Riante Naidoo (Wits Vuvuzela) After skipping grades 7, 9 and 10, Previn Naicker graduated from Wits with a PhD in Biochemistry last year at the age of 23. Wits Vuvuzela caught up with the alum at the end of  graduation week. He hopped out of his dad’s car, slung his sling bag over his right shoulder…

Haroon Saloojee. Photo by Anina Mumm

It starts with a zozo in Kuruman

It’s eight o’clock in the morning in the Northern Cape town of Kuruman. At a small clinic, two nurses are about to start attending to the 60 or so patients who began queuing early on. Half of the patients fit inside the little waiting room; the rest wait outside, including a young mother with her…

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#SAscienceHero: Ashraf Coovadia, paediatrician

American doctors recently reported promising indications that it might be possible to cure babies born with HIV by starting intensive anti-HIV drug therapy shortly after birth. Clinicians around the world, including Professor Ashraf Coovadia, a paediatrician based at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital (RMMCH), are trying to replicate and decipher what has been…

A low level radioactive waste storage pit in Nevada.

The Science Inside #30 – The Nuclear Corruption

Catch up on the latest news with regards to South Africa’s nuclear programme, and all the wheeling and dealing behind its procurement. Also, listen to what happens to a sea creature when it is nuked. Like this:Like Loading…

Prof. Graham Alexander with a copy of the new pageAtlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Photo: Erna van Wyk/Wits University

How to crowdsource an atlas for a snake, a tortoise and a lizard

There’s more than just a few snakes (and tortoises, lizards and crocodiles, for that matter) to be found among the 485 pages of the newly published Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. In fact, you will be able to use this full-colour atlas to look up the basics…