“Puff adders don’t smell … like anything” – meerkats, dogs

These little guys learn much faster than dogs apparently, at least when it comes to learning how to pick out a snake’s scent from a line-up. A photo posted by Anina Mumm (@aninja_m) on Jan 11, 2016 at 12:19pm PST In this photo, Ash Miller, a Wits post-grad, demonstrates how she trained meerkats to recognise…

Die seun van Soweto en die ‘SKA-babas’

CARNARVON. – Min mense kan sê hulle is ’n teleskoop-operateur. Kabelo Montshiwa (29), wat in Soweto grootgeword het en nou in die Moederstad woon, kan egter met trots sê hy is een van die MeerKAT-teleskoop­operateurs. En al staan daar tans nog net vier van dié reuse-radioskottel­antennas op die Square Kilometre Array-terrein, 85 km van Carnarvon, sal…

Karoo in rep en roer met bou van MeerKAT-skottelantennas

Die Karoo-landskap 85 km van Carnarvon sal oor twee jaar besaai wees met 64 skottelantennas wat elk byna 20 m hoog staan. Alles is reeds bestel om elke groot en klein deeltjie van elk van dié skottelantennas te bou. “Oral in werkwinkels wat deel is van die projek kan jy instap en hulle is besig met MeerKAT,”…

Star-gazers count their lucky stars

A researcher from the University of the Western Cape is part of an international team that has spotted two galaxies merging into one, a rare process that took place all of 11 billion years ago. Their discovery could shed light on how galaxies form, and rewrite a few textbooks at the same time. Some 11…