Hermanus, the eye of the sunstorm

There’s more to the coastal town of Hermanus than just whale watching. There’s some serious sun watching to be had too, writes Sarah Wild in the Mail & Guardian. Here’s a snippet from her article after she recently visited space weather experts at the South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA) space science directorate, and found out…

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…

Investigations into Namibia’s “fairy circles” in the desert

Plants refuse to grow in Namibia’s fairy circles, and scientists are on a mission to find out why. No theory has been proven yet. Armed with a GPS, two gardening trowels, a notepad, various sensors and – I kid you not – tea strainers, a group of scientists is wandering the plains, searching for patches…