Eugene Cloete: the solution seeker

Few academics can claim being natural entrepreneurs, but Professor Eugene Cloete is one of them. His curriculum vitae features not just his publications in academic journals, but also almost a dozen patents. He considers his “best idea ever” was using an empty teabag, replacing the tea with activated carbon and using antimicrobial nanofibres for microfiltration…

The dream of electric cars

Time to rev your (electric) engine. Funeka P. Nkosi of the CSIR writes in Science Today about electric cars, and the relevant research being done in South Africa.    Twenty years ago, it looked like the dream of the electric car was dead. Even though the first practical electric car was invented in 1884, these…

[LISTEN] The Science Inside – Transport

For petrolheads and science nerds alike, this week’s show gets into all things cars following the petrol strike. Elna looks at the past and future of electric cars and drives a South African made prototype with Winstone Jordaan from Gridcars. Dr Mathetha Mokonyama from the CSIR talks to us about how public transport systems get designed.…

From Stellenbosch to Saskatchewan: microbes across the globe

by Marcelle van Niekerk   A whiteboard dominates the wall of Professor Gideon Wolfaardt’s office. Permanent markers leave trails of colourful writing, bleeding into hastily drawn sketches. In the corner there’s a drawing of what looks like a bullet. Wolfaardt himself finishes typing on his computer and pushes it away. “Sorry, I was busy with…

Better get used to this heat

When the maximum temperature approaches 36 degrees around 2pm in Jozi, I’m like, screw this, I’m done; let’s pick it up after dark. And then I thank the flying spaghetti monster I’m not in Pretoria right now. I’m lucky enough to have that kind of flexibility, and many other people are lucky enough to enjoy…

#SciBraaiLIVE & CSIR in Mafikeng for National Science Week

National Science Week kicks off at North West University on 1 August 2015. In partnership with the CSIR and its researchers, SciBraai will host another SciBraaiLIVE event – it’s a real-world braai where we share round-the-fire stories about South African science and scientists. The format of this event will be a mix of the “speed-date…