Big discoveries and sharper pictures for growing MeerKAT telescope

THE MEERKAT telescope turned its eyes to deep space for the first time last year, and this year has produced even more captivating images with all its 32 eyes. Minister at the Department of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, delivered news on the progress of the telescope to parliament on Tuesday. In July 2016, the…

[LISTEN] The Science Inside: Radio waves, lost continents and skirt lengths

Want to know more about a cellphone that could charge itself, how to build a radio from scratch or how the SKA radio telescope is to probe the radio waves of distant galaxies? Then listen to this episode of “The Science Inside”, produced by the Wits Radio Academy. Other topics in this show include: * News…

2017 SCIENCE BUDGET GOES UP, BUT THE MONEY BUYS LESS

Analysis On paper, South Africa’s science and technology budget continues to edge up. On Wednesday, finance minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his national budget to Parliament, sharing out the country’s R1.56-trillion. The department of science and technology’s budget’s looks set to continue to increase: From R7,44-billion in 2015-16, and R7,43-billion in 2016-17,  it will be hitting…

Between science and society: Northern Cape communities struggle with the telescope in their backyards

“Will the SKA affect pregnancies in the area?” The question comes in Afrikaans, in a rough voice belonging to someone who has lived a much longer, harder life than this middle-aged man appears to have lived. We’re in Vanwyksvlei, in the Northern Cape. Outside the last light is draining from the timeless Hantam Karoo landscape.…

The nuts and bolts that make up the KAT-7 #Scibraai Monday Menu

Do you want to get up to speed with what’s been happening in the Karoo since the construction of the first KAT-7 radio telescopes started? Then have a look at this paper written by a host of local and international experts in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. In it, Tony Folley and…

Eight water data projects from last weekend’s SKAHack

While the past week may have seen massive downpours, it doesn’tmean the drought and water shortages are over. This is why Geekulcha hosted its most recent hackathon – the SKAHack – to encourage developers to help find solutions for problems in their community. Named after the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), SKAHack was held in the Eastern Cape…

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…