Legs gets an extra (3D printed) leg

A secretary bird called Legs is the first raptor in South Africa to sport a 3D-printed prosthesis. It was designed by some of the South African team members involved in the recent development of the world’s first 3D-printed middle ear bones. Scibraai visited Eagle Encounters Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Centre  at Spier Wine Estate near Stellenbosch…

Ukusetshenziswa kwemishini ecabangayo nokuphepha komphakathi

Ukusetshenziswa kwamishini ecabangayo kuya ngokuya kukhula njengoba amandla wamakhomputha endlondlobala. Lokhu sekwenza ososayensi bacabange kabanzi ngekusasa kokuphepha komphakathi. Ingakho kuhlangane osolwazi abasuka emazweni ase-Europe abahlangane kukhomfa we-ESOF2018 e-Toulouse, a-France kuNtulikazi walonyaka. Umshayeli wemoto waziwa njengomuntu emthethweni ovumelekile ukuthi aqhube izinhlobo eziningi zezinqola. Lokhu kubekwa emthethweni ukuthi kubekhona okwaziwayo ukuthi ungumshayeli kwenzelwa ukuthi uma kukhona okwenzakalayo…

Take two: recycling tyres

What should be done with the hundreds of millions of tyres that are discarded each year? Itziar Iraola Arregui presents a few ideas in this article from The Conversation Africa. The number of vehicles is growing worldwide and as a result the number of tyres is increasing too. Hundreds of millions of tyres are discarded each year.…

LEGO tape is a South African product

Did you know that the creators of an adhesive tape with LEGO-compatible studs are from Cape Town? Clinton Matos of HTXT Africa has the full story. In the past few days the world has become enamoured with the Indiegogo campaign for Nimuno Loops – an adhesive tape with LEGO-compatible studs that promises you the ability to stick…

Crowdfunded community alarm system aims to make informal settlements safer

Unlike those who can afford a security system for their homes, residents in informal settlements have virtually no way of telling if their homes are being invaded. But now, a new cost-effective alarm system is looking to change that. Most township alarm systems we’ve seen lately, like Lumkani andScova, are made to combat fires in townships. Cape Town-based…

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…