The Science Inside: What’s up with your cellphone battery?

Did you know that South African researchers at the CSIR had a hand in developing the lithium ion batteries that are used in many cellphones? Find out how these are made. And why your battery runs out so quickly.And how to treat your batter better!        

Meet Paul Kennedy

Paul is a science communicator at ScienceLink and a volunteer at SciBraai, based in Cape Town (info as at May 2015) My work is all about science communication (aka “scicomm”). How I define scicomm: For me, science communication is about covering difficult and complex subject matter in a way that is accessible to the audience…

Meet Marina Joubert

Marina Joubert is a science communication researcher and lecturer at Stellenbosch University (info as at April 2015). What I do: I do research on science communication and also present short courses and academic modules in science communication as part of the academic offering at CREST (Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology) at Stellenbosch…

Fracking in Karoo gets a R108m injection

The R108-million investment in shale gas research, announced in Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s budget speech, was “positive” and showed “government is taking time to investigate”, World Wildlife Fund for Nature’s Saliem Fakir said. Shale gas has been touted as a way to curb climate change and reduce the world’s reliance on coal, but has been…

IBM research lab to work with the cool kids

Multinational research company IBM announced on Friday that it will be opening a research laboratory, in collaboration with the University of Witwatersrand, in the Tshimologong Precinct in Johannesburg. The premises was once a bar, and still has a long bar counter and heavily-graffiti’ed walls, but in a year this will be one of the top information…

February Events – some sense about string theory

SciBraai is excited to be promoting local science-, technology- and innovation-related events in the Mother City. This month, these events get to grips with one of the most complex concepts in physics: string theory! There is also a discussion on how bitcoins work. Don’t worry though, these talks are aimed at the public, so the academic…

Voëls se ‘oerknal’ in reusestudie bepaal

Die “oerknal van voël-evolusie” en die beste stamboom nóg van die diere wat oor miljoene jare strek, is pas bekend gemaak. Honderde navorsers van 20 lande het vier jaar lank gewerk om die genetiese verhaal van­voëls na te vors, wat in ’n spesiale uitgawe van die vaktydskrif Science gepubliseer is. Hulle het 48 spesies van…