A sports car and a glitter ball are now in space – what does that say about us as humans?

In this article from The Conversation, Alice Gorman of Flinders University weighs in on the symbolism behind South African-born Elon Musk’s red sports car being part of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch – and other items in space.  Two controversial objects have recently been launched in space, and their messages couldn’t be more different. One is Elon…

Elon Musk, Nasa en ruimtereise

Die Suid-Afrikaans gebore Elon Musk het reggekry waaroor die meeste lande net kan droom: Om in tien jaar ’n ruimtetuig van nuuts af te bou én ’n paar keer suksesvol te lanseer. Elon Musk (44) se ruimtemaatskappy, SpaceX, is ook aangewys om Nasa se ruimtevaarders van die toekoms te vervoer. Moontlik na Mars in tegnologies…

Elon Musk unveils battery to take your home off-grid

After much anticipation, South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk has finally unveiled a battery designed to help homes go off-grid and run using solar power. Adam Oxford from htxt.africa has the story. Musk’s Tesla Motors firm announced Powerwall this morning, a lithium-ion battery which is built to be charged from solar panels. It’s gird-tied, which means its output…

SKA SA’s Jasper Horrell writes open letter to Elon Musk

By Jasper Horrell (General Manager: Science Computing and Innovation, SKA SA) Dear Elon, The five areas you have identified as playing important roles in the future of mankind are indeed important ones (evolution of the internet – humanity’s “nervous system”, sustainable energy, becoming a multi-planet species, artificial intelligence, and writable genetics). I would, however, add a…