Scibraai Monday Menu #3: Nguni cattle, jackal and emergency numbers

This week’s look at a few new South African research papers takes into account how local men think about themselves when they have breast cancer, the genetics of Nguni cattle, a black-backed jackal that roamed 150km wide and calls to emergency numbers.   Having breast cancer does little to a man’s masculinity South African male…

Save indigenous Zulu sheep and you save rural farmers

Zulu sheep are valuable to farmers because of their ability to brace the harsh environment in the KwaZulu-Natal region, writes Thembinkosi “Mnqobi” Xulu, a MSc candidate at the University of Zululand. This article was first featured in the Mail & Guardian’s Science Voices supplement. In the green plains of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal, small skinny sheep graze. With their…

Science Voices: Meatless Mondays might be harmful in SA

Is skipping out on a meaty meal to save the environment doing more harm than good? Nicolette Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria, explains in an article that is part of the Mail & Guardian newspaper’s Science Voices series. It began as a solidarity and social responsibility campaign during the World Wars to…