[LISTEN] The Science Inside Genetics episode

  The Science Inside is a weekly show that goes inside the science of major news events. The show is broadcast on Voice of Wits every Monday at 6pm.This week’s edition focuses on genetics. The presenters talk about Japanese researchers’ efforts to genetically engineer hens whose eggs contain drugs that can fight serious diseases including cancer.…

Eugene Cloete: the solution seeker

Few academics can claim being natural entrepreneurs, but Professor Eugene Cloete is one of them. His curriculum vitae features not just his publications in academic journals, but also almost a dozen patents. He considers his “best idea ever” was using an empty teabag, replacing the tea with activated carbon and using antimicrobial nanofibres for microfiltration…

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…

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…

Thomas Bothwell: across medical frontiers

The son of Scottish immigrants to South Africa, Thomas Hamilton Bothwell was born on 27 February 1926 in Johannesburg. Having received a scholarship to attend St John’s College, he matriculated first class in 1941. From here, he went on to attend the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), obtaining a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of…

Virtual reality breathes new life into African fossils, art and artefacts

Tammy Hodgskiss shares some of the background work that went into developing the new virtual reality exhibition at Wits University’s Origins Centre. It was launched on 25 September. This article is published via The Conversation Africa. Digital technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives. So it was only a matter of time before…