Scibraai Monday Menu #2: Overberg’s new crab and hyena hair, among others

          In our new Scibraai slot, we take a very brief look at a few new research papers from South Africa. Scibraai Monday Menu #2 introduces a new crab species found in the Overberg. It features the use of aloes to extract gold, the secrets of fossilized hyena hair from the…

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…

South Africa’s former missile facilities could be used for climate change research

Government is considering brushing the dust off its rocket launching facilities to use them for space science. The Overberg Test Range has a wide complement of facilities, including the in-flight testing of advanced guided and aviation systems for the aerospace industry, but its launching facilities have been mothballed since 1992. At the launch of Global…