Between science and society: Northern Cape communities struggle with the telescope in their backyards

“Will the SKA affect pregnancies in the area?” The question comes in Afrikaans, in a rough voice belonging to someone who has lived a much longer, harder life than this middle-aged man appears to have lived. We’re in Vanwyksvlei, in the Northern Cape. Outside the last light is draining from the timeless Hantam Karoo landscape.…

On a Quest for great science stories

On Saturday 22 August, SciBraai, Code4SA and the International Center for Journalists hosted the first ever science-themed Data Quest, which produced some great potential multimedia science stories. Held at Code4SA’s Codebridge lab in Cape Town, the event put data nerds, scientists and journalists into teams tasked with sifting through publicly available data to find stories and create interactive data…

Science Café Cape Town debuts with a bang

“With great power comes great responsibility.” It is quite remarkable, actually, how often I hear this quote from Spiderman in relation to science and the work that scientists do on a regular basis. Funny, yes; but also accurate, enlightening, and insightful. Those words could all be used to describe the speaker at the inaugural Science…

New science-to-policy Centre of Excellence unveiled

Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom launched a multidisciplinary research centre that will focus on four key areas surrounding science and science-based policies for South Africa. These four areas are: science, technology and innovation indicators (collectively known as scientometrics) science and technology policy for development human capacity development for science, technology and innovation scientific communication…