Researchers tackle the rugby tackle

In the spirit of the World Rugby Cup, here’s a repost of an article by Morgan Morris: investigating the reasons why some players survive crunching tackles, and others not. To fans, the rugby tackle is the stuff of oohs and ahs. To a rugby player, it’s the on-field physical contest for posessesion and territory, and…

Researchers tackle the rugby tackle

To fans, the rugby tackle is the stuff of oohs and ahs. To a rugby player, it’s the on-field physical contest for posessesion and territory, and also the one aspect of the game that is most likely to lead to an injury. To the likes of researchers Dr Sharief Hendricks and Professor Mike Lambert of…

Big picture stuff for paleobiologist: the history of life on Earth in 96 pages

The uninformed reader – and writer – may have picked up Fossils for Africa having expected a sequel to the author’s previous work, Famous Dinosaurs of Africa. You know, more about African dinosaurs. But that would be to hopelessly underestimate the ambitions of author, Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, award-winning paleobiologist and professor at the University of Cape…

Star-gazers count their lucky stars

A researcher from the University of the Western Cape is part of an international team that has spotted two galaxies merging into one, a rare process that took place all of 11 billion years ago. Their discovery could shed light on how galaxies form, and rewrite a few textbooks at the same time. Some 11…