Paul Cilliers understood the nature of complexities

Paul Cilliers passed away in 2011 leaving behind his family, friends and colleagues, and an impressive body of work on the topic of complexity. It is hard to grasp his essence without the help of an interview, but the assistance of documents authored by Cilliers (and authored by others about Cilliers) allowed for a picture…

[New study] SA Super Rugby teams clocked up more kilometers

A study that calculates just how far Super Rugby teams travel was sparked by three Australian academics’ hopes to pick the right side to back in their regular weekend pool. Their findings might however be just the fuel that South African supporters need when next they have to explain their Super Rugby teams’ poor performances.…

Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan: Breathing life into the bones of extinct animals

Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan (@Palaeo_Prof) was born in Pretoria, the youngest of three daughters. After matriculating from Laudium High School, she wanted to become a science teacher because education is part of her DNA. It is the profession followed by her eldest sister and her father, a headmaster, and several others in her extended family. In…

Jou selfoon-foto’s kan wetenskaplikes help

Iewers in die Villiersdorp-omgewing is daar ‘n kleine naaldekoker wat soos ‘n superheld van kleur kan verander. As die son skyn, lyk die Spesbona angusta waterjuffer metaalblou soos ‘n VW Jetta van ouds. Sodra die temperature daal of ‘n wolk voor die son skuif, word dit so bruin soos donker sjokolade. Navorsers aan die Universiteit…

Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson: Unwavering transparency at the essence

Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson: Unwavering transparency at the essence  The late Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson was included in the Academy of Science of South Africa’s “Legends of South African Science” book because he received the Order of the Baobab (Gold) in 2002. Among the memorable awards he received during his lifetime was the Human Rights Award…

Sydney Brenner: A Nobel Prize winner’s life dedicated to science

In the more than eight decades that Nobel Laureate, Prof Sydney Brenner, has all-consumingly devoted his life to science, he twice wrote powerful proposals of no longer than a page. Short but sweet, these kick-started the two projects that are part of his lasting legacy. The first was to request funding to study a worm,…

Gas sensing machine a breath of fresh air for Unizulu physicists

PHYSICISTS at the University of Zululand are beside themselves with joy after obtaining an important gas sensing machine, one of only two in the country. UNIZULU clinched the important instrument after impressing the National Research Foundation (NRF) with a tenacious application and landed them the R4.6 million instrument. “The machine is a great blessing for…