Meer as net nog ‘n visstorie: oor Afrika se geologie

  Dis aan dr Woody Cotterill se hande waaraan ek dink toe ek lees dat hy saam met navorsers van die Universiteit Stellenbosch (US) en hul internasionale vennote R9.7 miljoen se befondsingsgeld van die Volkswagen Stigting gekry het. Dié evolusionêre bioloog gaan saam met biochemikus prof Dirk Bellstedt en spesialiste in Duitsland en Afrika saamspan…

How climate change is causing pied crow numbers to soar

Pied crows, or Corvus albus, are a natural part of the landscape of southern Africa. They are bold, common, and familiar. But over recent years, especially in South Africa, there is evidence that there are many more of these birds, write Susan Cunningham and Arjun Amar in The Conversation   The increase is worrying some conservationists who fear it…

Join the Data Quest to tell science stories with SA data

SciBraai, Code for South Africa and the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ)  will host a science journalism DataQuest at Codebridge civic tech lab in Cape Town on Saturday 22 August,  The event will bring together journalists, scientists, designers, data analysts and developers to tell socially-relevant science stories using real South African data sets, and is…

The Science Inside: Transport Riots in SA

Following the Putco bus riots, we’re looking into public transport. Transport engineer Gerrit Wessels explains why buses always seem to whiz through intersections and Louise Naude from WWF tells us what your car is doing to climate change.

Silent giants unlock story of climate change

Researchers are using baobab trees to learn about climate conditions that prevailed thousands of years ago. Engorged ancient baobab trunks could tell the story of climate change in South Africa over the past thousand years, according to a paper published in the journal PlosONE. Adansonia digitata, a baobab endemic to Southern Africa, can provide this…

Fracking out in the open at last

A team of researchers has R12.5-million and two years to consider the effect of fracking for shale gas on the Karoo. The strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of shale gas development has to be completed in two years – before exploration for the energy source begins in earnest, assessment leader Professor Bob Scholes said this week.…

Kimberley to host 86MW solar power plant

A lot more solar power plants are springing up across South Africa, as Eskom struggles to keep the lights on to the general public. But there is a little bit of good news, as one company that will be adding its generating capacity to the national grid soon is SunEdison. The company has just been…

SA wants more eyes in the sky

More eyes in the sky will end our reliance on other countries’ satellites and provide useful data in key areas. South Africa will launch its latest earth observation satellite in 2019, Sandile Malinga, chief executive of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa), told the Mail & Guardian last month. At the moment, the country…

South Africa’s Antarctic history is being unfrozen in time

Used as a gateway to the world’s southernmost continent since the 18th century, South Africa has been actively involved in scientific research in Antarctica and in its only overseas territory, the Prince Edward Islands, since the end of World War II. The Antarctica Legacy of South Africa, a programme based at Stellenbosch University and funded…

Innovation turns SA pine into sustainable ‘hardwood’

by Lynne Smit, Hippo Communications For many people in South Africa, the beauty and durability of their deck or staircase is more important than the fact that magnificent tropical hardwood forests are being destroyed to provide the wood to build them. [WATCH] VIDEO Luckily Scott Sargent and Stuart Prior see things differently, and their innovative…