Plastics are the death of sea turtles – @Scibraai Monday Menu

Pieces of plastic floating in our oceans are creating an often life-threatening problem for our sea life. Of the 40 loggerhead turtles that died after being stranded along the southern Cape coastline in one month alone, 24 (60%) had ingested debris such as plastics, fibres and pieces of packaging material. In an article in Marine…

How climate change is causing pied crow numbers to soar

Pied crows, or Corvus albus, are a natural part of the landscape of southern Africa. They are bold, common, and familiar. But over recent years, especially in South Africa, there is evidence that there are many more of these birds, write Susan Cunningham and Arjun Amar in The Conversation   The increase is worrying some conservationists who fear it…

How neurosurgeons can look at your brain through your eyes

Paediatric neurosurgeon Llewellyn Padayachy of the University of Cape Town is part of a team of scientists that refined a static ultrasound imaging technique used by doctors to treat conditions such as hydrocephalus. In The Conversation he writes about the work being done.  For many years scientists have been trying to find a way to measure the…

Invitations are out for early childhood development hackathon

  by Matshelane Mamabolo, HTXT.africa  Developers, hackers, tech creatives and designers will join “unlike minded” folks at UCT’s Graduate School of Business in three weeks for a hackathon that’s aiming to improve the lives of children. If you want to take part, simply sign up through the UCT GSB website and you join in the efforts to develop…

Silent giants unlock story of climate change

Researchers are using baobab trees to learn about climate conditions that prevailed thousands of years ago. Engorged ancient baobab trunks could tell the story of climate change in South Africa over the past thousand years, according to a paper published in the journal PlosONE. Adansonia digitata, a baobab endemic to Southern Africa, can provide this…

Breinchirurgie sonder ‘n enkele snit

Die man op die operasietafel was al meer as tien keer onder die mes om ’n gewas te verwyder. Vandag sal sy skedel nie weer oopgesny word nie – ’n voorste geneesheer sal die gewas sonder ’n enkele snit deur sy neus uithaal. Elsabé Brits was daar. Dillon (47) het ’n gewas so groot soos…

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…