[LISTEN] The Science Inside’s Wine segment

This week’s The Science Inside radio slot is all about wine. The Drunken Monkey Hypothesis is discussed, and how our enjoyment of alcohol might be evolutionary. Find out about the chemistry of a good wine with Prof Antonio Ferreira and the process of wine making with Samantha Fairbairn. Both are from the Institute for Wine Biotechnology…

It starts with oneself – you need to love what you are doing

Janathon De Klerk calls herself the Astronomer of the Karroo in line with her ambition to become a radio astronomer at the Square Kilometre Array project. Now, her ambitions follow her ability to secure bursaries from the project due to her excellent performance at school and so far, she has not disappointed. Born and raised…

John Simaika’s fascination with dragonflies

Stellenbosch University water ecologist Dr John Simaika has spent lots of time around dragonflies since one serendipitously landed on his dinner plate while he was discussing his honours degree project. Along with his former postgraduate supervisor, the renowned insect conservationist Prof Michael Samways of the SU Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, he has recently…

Pee, poo & pollen say climate change is real

While chatting with one Nigel Barker of UP (@Nigel_GEBP) about something different entirely, he mentions that Dassie middens, used by generations of the little critters to drop their deposits into neat, sticky piles over 100s of years come rain or shine, can tell us if, in fact, it was raining or shining. The stickiness of the…

MeerKAT science: First Light

MeerKAT science: First Light THE MEERKAT radio telescope opened its eyes for the very first time last month and with the science being done, produced amazing images. MeerKAT lead scientist, Dr Fernando Camilo, took journalists and government officials on a journey that started with KAT-7 to the 16-dish MeerKAT array that ends with a stunning…

I-MeerKAT Ithola Obekungaziwa eMkhathini

UMSHINI wokucwaninga izinkanyezi ozoba omkhulu kunayo yonke emhlabeni uvulwe ngokomthetho esifundazweni se-Northern Cape ngoMgqibelo odlule. Lomshini wakhiwa abacwaningi nonjiniyela bakhona la eNingizimu Afrika. Ukuvulwa kwalomshini kuhambisane nomcimbi obukade unalabo bezindaba kanye nongqongqoshe abaningi. Lomshini osebenzisa amagagasi omsakazo ukucwaninga umkhathi uzoba nezindishi ezingama-64 kodwa okwamanje zisawu-16. Izindishi lezi zibukeka ziphinde zisebenze njengalezi ezitholakala ezindlini ezinenhlanhla yokuba…

MeerKAT Puts South Africa on the Map

  TOP government officials bore witness to the launch of what is on its way to being the most powerful telescope in the world. The weekend saw the unveiling of 16 new antennas at the SKA site near Carnarvon with amazing science to boot. The MeerKAT team, in conjunction with the Department of Science and…

Shisa Sayensi: Isayensi yeviki 07 July 2016

Kusukela kwababhema ama-habli kuze kufikwe kunonzungezilanga omkhulukazi, nansi isayensi yeviki; Shisa Sayensi! Baningi abafundi ababhema ipayipi lamanzi Ukubhenywa kwepayipi lamanzi (hubbly) sekubonakala kwanda emiphakathini wezikhungo zemfundo ephakeme kwisifundazwe se-Western Cape. Lokhu kutholakale kucwaningo obelenziwa eNyuvesi yeKapa. Abacwaningi bathole ukuthi lokhu kubhema kwande ngenxa yokuthi lelipayipi libhenywa uma abantu behlangene njengabangani uma bexheketha. Bayaxwayisa kodwa abacwaningi…

Shisa Sayensi: Isayensi yeviki (21 June 16)

Nansi isayensi yeviki esuka eNingizimu Afrikha kanye nomhlaba wonke. Izambane kumele libukwe njengesitshalo esiyisimanga Izambane libukeka njengesitshalo esejwayelekile kubantu abaningi. Ungaze ungakuboni ukubaluleka kwalo uma ungenalo ulwazi ngomsoco ogcwele kulo. Ososayensi baseNyuvesi yasePitoli benze ucwaningo ngezinhlobo ezahlukene bathola ukuthi amazambane anomsoco ukudlula izitshalo eziningi ezitholakala eNingizimu Afrikha. Uthi ubuwazi ukuthi iNingizimu Afrikha inezinhlobo zamazambane ezingama-80?…

Elon Musk, Nasa en ruimtereise

Die Suid-Afrikaans gebore Elon Musk het reggekry waaroor die meeste lande net kan droom: Om in tien jaar ’n ruimtetuig van nuuts af te bou én ’n paar keer suksesvol te lanseer. Elon Musk (44) se ruimtemaatskappy, SpaceX, is ook aangewys om Nasa se ruimtevaarders van die toekoms te vervoer. Moontlik na Mars in tegnologies…