3D-inspired hi-tech buoy takes African marine monitoring to new levels

A new real-time measuring buoy can change the way the maritime industry operates, writes Dirk Muller in The Conversation Africa. ——————————————————————       A hi-tech buoy that provides real-time data can play a key role in helping South Africa manage its coastal waters. It could also be deployed beyond the country’s waters. Devised and tested virtually…

Fast, cheap calories may make city birds fat and sick

by Phoebe Barnard via The Conversation Change. It can creep up on us so gently that we hardly even notice it. Yet the pace of environmental change in the world’s cities and landscapes, against the backdrop of the past millennium, is quite dizzying. This past century has seen rampant growth in urbanisation, agriculture, mines, factories,…

March Events – Challenges and solutions in HIV

SciBraai is excited to be promoting local science-, technology- and innovation-related events in the Mother City. This month, these events dive into new technologies and research in the field of HIV diagnostics and care. These talks are aimed at the public, so the academic mumbo-jumbo will be kept to a minimum. You can expect simple explanations,…

Mitologie en wetenskap vat hande

Die kunsprojek waarin inheemse mitologie en verhale oor die kosmos hande vat met die wetenskap, open vandeesweek in die Moederstad. Die internasionale Square Kilometre Array-projek (SKA) het dié uitstalling op die been gebring en Suid-Afrikaanse en Australiese kunstenaars gevra om met Shared Sky spesifiek die heelal uit te beeld soos inheemse bevolkings dit sien. Dit…

February Events – some sense about string theory

SciBraai is excited to be promoting local science-, technology- and innovation-related events in the Mother City. This month, these events get to grips with one of the most complex concepts in physics: string theory! There is also a discussion on how bitcoins work. Don’t worry though, these talks are aimed at the public, so the academic…

Bringing researchers and the public together for science

Forensics, facial recognition, psychiatry and eye health may not seem inherently connected. But they all have two things in common: they are all relevant to the public, and they are all grounded in basic science. These were the topics of discussion at Thursday’s Science Awareness Day, hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST),…

Dinosourusse brul in die Kaap

Met ’n geswaai van sterte, ’n onaardse gebrul en oë wat knip, word ’n mens deur die dinosourusse begroet. Werkers het gister die laaste plante en ligte rondgestoot om die Days of the Dinosaurs-uitstalling reg te kry vir die eerste besoekers vandag. Dié tentoonstelling word tot 20 Augustus deur Huisgenoot, YOU en DRUM in die…

#SciBraaiSides 01 August 2014

From Cape Town’s seatbelt wearing habits, the cloudy red groundwater of Zululand to catfish and the ability of San children to come up with new ideas for tools – these are some of the recent studies conducted by South African researchers that are part of this week’s Scibraai Sides. Written by Engela Duvenage. Graphic by Anina Mumm.…

Robot to test health of ocean ‘lungs’

In a pioneering move, a wave glider has been sent out to sea from Cape Town to measure pollution around Antarctica. A team from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) deployed this this ocean glider, which has begin its month long journey to the Southern Ocean. “Globally, there is a renewed interest in understanding what…