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. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213634824″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

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…

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…

Eight ways to fix our water woes

The South African water crisis is a complex series of interlocking problems that preclude a silver-bullet solution. Each water system is unique, with different geographies, weather, populations and quirks, such as an unwillingness to reuse treated waste water. Some short-term interventions are obvious, if expensive, such as reducing demand by cutting losses from leaking pipes.…

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…

South Africa’s former missile facilities could be used for climate change research

Government is considering brushing the dust off its rocket launching facilities to use them for space science. The Overberg Test Range has a wide complement of facilities, including the in-flight testing of advanced guided and aviation systems for the aerospace industry, but its launching facilities have been mothballed since 1992. At the launch of Global…