Sibo’s story helps children understand COVID-19

Over the past decade, Sibo, a lovable science-minded book character, has introduced South African children to difficult topics such as malaria, water, space, nanotechnology and road safety through books like Sibo and the Sea and Sibo sizes things up. Another, yet slightly different title was recently assigned to her – that of “Sibo, the research…

Robin Crewe: the complete beekeeper

Robin Michael Crewe was born in Johannesburg on 18 February 1946. Growing up on a farm in Mpumalanga, his secondary and tertiary education was undertaken in Natal. He matriculated from Kearsney College in 1963 going on to enrol at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg where he completed his undergraduate and Masters studies. Majoring in chemistry…

Monday Menu: Bottled water and human rights

Have you ever thought about the fact that bottled water might be having an impact on one of man’s most basic human rights – access to water? It’s all about commodification and boils down to money, says Maria Macarena Pereda of the University of Pretoria, in a mini-thesis she completed as part of her LLM…

Will Bolt’s hamstring heal in time for #Rio2016?

Dr Helen Bayne, Head Biomechanist at the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre tells SciBraai why sprinters like Usain Bolt and our very own Akani Simbine are so prone to hamstring injuries. This comes after news this week that hamstring strains threaten the chances of Bolt and Sally Pearson, both reigning Olympic champions, at Rio…

Shisa Sayensi: Isayensi yeviki (21 June 16)

Nansi isayensi yeviki esuka eNingizimu Afrikha kanye nomhlaba wonke. Izambane kumele libukwe njengesitshalo esiyisimanga Izambane libukeka njengesitshalo esejwayelekile kubantu abaningi. Ungaze ungakuboni ukubaluleka kwalo uma ungenalo ulwazi ngomsoco ogcwele kulo. Ososayensi baseNyuvesi yasePitoli benze ucwaningo ngezinhlobo ezahlukene bathola ukuthi amazambane anomsoco ukudlula izitshalo eziningi ezitholakala eNingizimu Afrikha. Uthi ubuwazi ukuthi iNingizimu Afrikha inezinhlobo zamazambane ezingama-80?…

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…