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Aug 27, 2014
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Festo's SmartBird bionic innovation
Two bionic innovations were, this week, displayed in South Africa for the first time. The Festo SmartBird, which replicated the wing motion of a Herring Gull in a robotic form, and the BionicOpter, a flying robot based on the dragonfly, took flight at the nineteenth...
Aug 22, 2014
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) hopes to have finalised regulations for the flying of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) – also designated Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) and popularly called drones – in the country’s civilian airspace by the end...
Aug 22, 2014
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BOB SCHOLES To ensure that emissions plateau by 2020 and then decline until a net negative emission level is achieved by the end of the century, CO2 capture and storage in addition to major emission reduction efforts will be needed
Capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) is the only way through which the world will achieve the lowest of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) global warming predictions, called the representative concentration pathway (RCP) 2.6....
Aug 21, 2014
Phumulo Masualle and Naledi Pandor
The East London industrial development zone (Elidz) on Thursday afternoon officially launched its Science and Technology Park (STP), which is aimed at speeding up the pace of economic development in the Eastern Cape. The STP’s location within the Elidz was expected...
Aug 15, 2014
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), based at Sutherland in the Karoo region in the Northern Cape province, is promising to become an important instrument for research into dark matter. "SALT is shaping up to be very important for answering questions about...
Aug 15, 2014
HENK SNYMAN TDM supports broader industrial activity that has a multiplier-effect on the potential to beneficiate raw materials in many industries
The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says...
Aug 15, 2014
GREEN BENEFIT Effective and green fleet management provides several advantages, such as a reduced carbon footprint and reduced fuel consumption
Owing to a carbon tax, expected to come into force by 2016, a key focus of global fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics is to encourage industry to become more efficient in their fleet management, thereby reducing its carbon footprint....
Aug 15, 2014
South African gas and welding products company Afrox, part of the German Linde group, publicly unveiled its new R14-million high-purity hydrogen and oxygen plant at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, at the end of last month. The new plant uses latest-generation...
Aug 15, 2014
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Aug 04, 2014
The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has called on African innovators to submit their entries for the fourth edition of the yearly Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), which aims to enable and encourage African pioneers to develop creative ideas and techniques to...
Aug 01, 2014
SINGLE EXPERIMENT An artist’s impression of OCO-2 in orbit
The Space Operations division of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) revealed on July 17 that it had supported the successful launch of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite on July 2. The...
Aug 01, 2014
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The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will have a budget of R6 470.2-million for the financial year 2014/2015. More than half of this (R3.5-billion), Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor noted in her budget speech to Parliament, will go to funding...
Jul 25, 2014
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Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu, in the Northern Cape, which is estimated to be between 700 000 and one-million years old, have uncovered “tens of thousands” of early stone-age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools. The discoveries were...
Jul 25, 2014
After becoming the first US university to offer a Master’s degree programme taught by full-time faculty residents in Africa, the Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU’s) satellite campus, in Rwanda, has graduated its first class of students, awarding 22 students...
Jul 25, 2014
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
Jul 25, 2014
South Africa must not forget or neglect smaller-scale astronomical and astrophysical experiments because of the attraction created by mega-experiments like the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, warned North West University emeritus...
Jul 25, 2014
DRILLING It SciExplo trains engineers and scientists from an early age
Schoolchildren need to be introduced to subjects such as mathematics and science at an early age to spark interest in eventual careers in industries such as engineering. This will play a role in increasing the number of engineers and scientists that South Africa has,...
Jul 22, 2014
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Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will have a budget of R6.47-billion for the financial year 2014/2015, it was reported on Tuesday. More than half of this (R3.5-billion), Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor noted in her budget speech to...
Jul 18, 2014
With local content likely to play a critical role in South Africa’s imminent digital broadcasting future, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) gazetted a draft discussion document to review the “outdated” regulations overseeing...
 
 
 
 
Jul 18, 2014
The first Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) facility in Africa was officially launched by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on July 7. The facility is located at the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS) Gauteng unit, on the...
Jul 17, 2014
The OCO-2 spacecraft folded up in a hangar
The Space Operations division of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) on Thursday revealed that it had supported the successful launch of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite on July 2....
Jul 16, 2014
A new study by PwC has found that while 80% of organisations rank digital technology integration as a priority, only one in five companies can lay claim to being a “digital” organisation. PwC’s sixth annual Digital IQ Survey revealed how well business and...
Jul 15, 2014
An international team of experts, including University of Cape Town Department of Biological Sciences head and palaeobiologist Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, has discovered a previously unknown predatory dinosaur, dubbed the changyuraptor, in the Liaoning Province...
Jul 11, 2014
The Namibia-based High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) recently measured pulsed gamma rays in the southern sky from ground level for the first time, strengthening the country’s bid to host the world’s largest gamma ray telescope, the Cherenkov Telescope Array...
Jul 11, 2014
South Africa will join the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) in December. The WLCG processes and stores the immense amounts of data produced by the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is an instrument of...
Jul 11, 2014
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance was given to Engineering News Online by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Professor Justin Jonas on Thursday....
Jul 11, 2014
Gas will be a springboard for a low-carbon economy, as it will deter new investment in coal and complement renewable-energy resources, believes Johannesburg-based consulting firm MAC Consulting associate director Dave Collins.
Jul 10, 2014
The South African physics community is eager and willing to help support the country's schools with regard to science education. "Our community wants to see this country working!" South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) President Prof Irvy "Igle" Gledhill told...
Jul 09, 2014
Professor Marcia Barbosa
Women scientists need to work together, network and identify the barriers to increasing their numbers in their respective disciplines. This is the message of International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) VP and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul...
 
 
 
 
Jul 08, 2014
South Africa must not forget or neglect smaller-scale astronomical and astrophysical experiments because of the attraction created by mega-experiments like the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, North West University emeritus physics...
Jul 08, 2014
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), based at Sutherland in the Karoo region in the Northern Cape province, is promising to become an important instrument for research into dark matter. "SALT is shaping up to be very important for answering questions about...
Jul 07, 2014
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
The first Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) facility in Africa was officially launched by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Monday. The facility is located at the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS) Gauteng unit, on the...
Jul 04, 2014
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
Some of the world’s leading physicists will gather at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, on July 7, for the annual Institute of Physics conference, which will be opened by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor. Hosted...
Jul 04, 2014
South African high-technology company Denel Dynamics must meet the challenges and seize the opportunities facing it not only for the sake of the company itself but for the sake of the country as a whole. So asserted company CEO Tsepo Monaheng, addressing staff and...
Jul 04, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
European airliner manufacturer Airbus spends some €2-billion a year on research and development (R&D), research and technology (R&T) and innovation. Airbus is part of the larger Airbus Group and it is important to stress that this is the figure for the airliner...
Jul 04, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
The East London industrial development zone (Elidz) on Monday launched the first regional open innovation solution exchange platform. The Connect and Solve initiative, in conjunction with the Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS), was...
Jun 27, 2014
The Stellenbosch University’s (SU’s) Department of Civil Engineering has launched a mobile laboratory equipped with technology in the field of intelligent transport systems (ITS), which will investigate opportunities for the development of specialised...
 
 
 
 
Jun 27, 2014
With its flight test and certification campaign for its latest airliner family, the A350XWB, European commercial aircraft company Airbus (part of the Airbus Group) is trying to reverse the trend that has developed over recent decades of ever-longer new aircraft...
Jun 27, 2014
Dutch scientist and inventor Professor Kornelis Immink was awarded an honorary doctoral degree ¬– Doctor Honoris Causa for technical and scientific research – by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) at a ceremony earlier this month.
Jun 27, 2014
High-service distributor of electronic, electrical, mechanical and industrial products RS Components SA is advancing research and development in alternative energy through its sponsorship of R1-million worth of products to the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s)...
Jun 26, 2014
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has called on academics in the humanities disciplines to help achieve the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP). She was delivering the keynote address at the Academy of Science of South Africa...
Jun 23, 2014
To further strengthen cooperation on science and technology between South Africa and Europe, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor will this week hold high-level meetings with her counterparts at the biennial EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), in Denmark. ESOF...
 
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