The Science Inside: What’s up with your cellphone battery?

Did you know that South African researchers at the CSIR had a hand in developing the lithium ion batteries that are used in many cellphones? Find out how these are made. And why your battery runs out so quickly.And how to treat your batter better!        

#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…

Making plant fibres flame-retardant might make them fly

There is renewed interest in natural materials, as recyclability and environmental safety become more important in manufacturing and consumables, writes MSc candidate Tshepiso Princess Molaba of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.This article is part of the Mail & Guardian’s Science Voices series.    It looks like a sleek car dashboard, but under its smooth surface flax fibres criss-cross…

#The Science Inside: Dreaming of cricket

[LISTEN] Here’s a bit of science that just might help SA’s cricketers at the next World Cup. Lucid dreaming can help you with your batting. That’s according to Dr Karine Scheuermaier of the Wits University Sleep Clinic, in a recent episode of The Science Inside Radio Show. Also on the show is Michael Stevens from Jumping…

Bushmen cure-all offers locals a sustainable income

The commercial potential of intoxicating kougoed, or Sceletium tortuosum, is reinvigorating a Nourivier community in the Northern Cape. Oom Jap, a Nourivier resident and traditional healer, and I stand in the shadow of one of the new buildings at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) kougoed project in the Northern Cape. Even though…

Government links innovators and business

Government is trying to close the gap between innovation and businesses, with the introduction of the “innovation bridge”. Tuesday marks day one of South Africa’s first “innovation bridge” in Pretoria, a Department of Science and Technology event to match-make innovators with business. While a lot of innovation and research & development (R&D) takes place in South…