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Feb 12, 2016
An artist’s impression of two black holes that are about to merge
In a breakthrough which opens a whole new window on the universe, creates a new branch of astronomy, and vindicates the great physicist Albert Einstein once more, scientists at the US-led Laser Interferometry Gravitational-wave Observatory (Ligo) announced on...
Feb 12, 2016
THREE POWER SOURCES The engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter plane will bring the Bloodhound from standstill to 563 km/h before the H2 O2 rockets are powered
Global industrial and automotive lubricants brand Castrol will be on the forefront of innovation when the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) attempts to break the land speed record by reaching 1 609 km/h this year.
Feb 12, 2016
THOMAS SURMON Sait is working with the Department of Science and Technology and the South African Bureau of Standards to make sure local lubricant standards match international standards
The focus in the oils and lubricants industry is constantly being shifted to address regulations that arise, which, in turn, creates a need to establish a better understanding of tribology for the industry, says the South African Institute of Tribology (Sait).
Feb 12, 2016
The South African Marine Research and Exploration Forum (Samref) was recently launched by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor. The Forum is a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Offshore Petroleum Association of South...
Feb 11, 2016
Little Foot
Two new specimen have been found in a chamber at the Sterkfontein Caves, Witwatersrand University said on Thursday. The specimen, a finger bone and a molar, are part of a set of four specimens associated with early stone tools dated to 2.18-million years ago, the...
Feb 10, 2016
A not-to-scale diagram showing radio waves from the previously hidden galaxies traveling through the Milky Way and being received on Earth by the Parkes telescope
Astronomers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) have played a leading role in a successful international cooperative programme to locate galaxies hidden on the far side of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. The...
Feb 10, 2016
If the latest mosquito-borne Zika virus breaks out in Africa the continent would be less prepared than any other to deal with the outbreak. Zika fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by the Zika virus which is suspected of leading to the birth of deformed...
Feb 08, 2016
Kevin Govender will become the first South African to receive a Medal at the 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival next month, the National Research Foundation announced on Monday. Govender’s contribution took shape through the creation and practical...
Feb 05, 2016
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Feb 01, 2016
President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma has congratulated South African scientist Professor Tebello Nyokong on being awarded an African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award. AU Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards are presented yearly to African scientists who distinguish themselves in...
Jan 29, 2016
A view over the Indian Ocean
The South African Marine Research and Exploration Forum (Samref) was launched on Friday by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor. The forum is a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Offshore Petroleum Association of South...
Jan 29, 2016
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), based at Sutherland in the Karoo region in the Northern Province, has played a key role in the discovery of what could the biggest ever supernova detected by humanity. The supernova, designated ASASSN-15lh, is twice as...
Jan 22, 2016
Acting Denel Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe
The acting CEO of South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, is “delighted” at his company’s role in helping prepare young South Africans to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He was speaking at the group’s annual Young...
Jan 22, 2016
The Aerotropolis development taking place along the eastern outskirts of Gauteng around the OR Tambo International Airport aims to leverage the airport and related road and rail transport links to spur economic development in the region. The project aims to grow a...
Jan 20, 2016
Botswana Infrastructure Science and Technology Ministry permanent secretary Dikagiso Mokotedi has welcomed the decision for Botswana to host the fifth Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) awards, telling a press conference to announce details of the event on Wednesday...
Jan 18, 2016
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A new satellite launched on Sunday will monitor rising sea levels caused by global warming and provide forecast data on El Nino events. Since 1992, a global sea level rise of 70 mm has been observed by researchers.
Jan 15, 2016
SpaceX founder Elon Musk
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States has confirmed three cargo supply contracts to private companies, which include South African born-Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX. At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, NASA announced...
Jan 15, 2016
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SALT at night
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), based at Sutherland in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape province, has played a key role in the discovery of what could the biggest ever supernova detected by humanity. The supernova, designated ASASSN-15lh, is twice...
Jan 15, 2016
 
 
 
 
Jan 15, 2016
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has hailed the new Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Nanomaterials Industrial Development Facility (NIDF). "The Nanomaterials Industrial Development...
Jan 15, 2016
The Nanomaterials Industrial Development Facility (NIDF), a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), that was launched early last month, marks the start of the next phase in the...
Jan 13, 2016
Scientific circles on social media were abuzz this week with the tantalising news that new data may prove Albert Einstein’s century-old prediction about gravitational waves to be true. Arizona State University physicist and writer Lawrence Krauss, let it slip on...
Jan 12, 2016
Supporters and representatives of sponsors joined businesspeople, professors, engineers and scientists – quite possibly including a scattering of cosmonauts and rocket scientists – in Cape Town on Monday to hear 14 South African schoolgirls report back on their...
Jan 08, 2016
Prospective space miner Planetary Resources has showcased the first-ever direct metal print from asteroid metals on Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Developed in collaboration with its NYSE-listed partner 3D Systems, Planetary unveiled...
Dec 11, 2015
The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) is in the process of constructing a Lunar laser rangefinder, to widen its area of scientific research. The project is being developed with the assistance of the Côte d'Azur Observatory in France and the US...
Dec 11, 2015
SKA South Africa, the organisation responsible for South Africa's participation in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, and for the country's own MeerKAT radio telescope array, is busy helping develop the data processing...
Dec 11, 2015
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The University of Pretoria is well advanced in a programme to experimentally validate numerical simulation software developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to accurately model the sloshing of fuel in an aircraft's fuel tank. This was...
Dec 10, 2015
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Hoping to draw parallels between the work being done at Africa’s first accredited science and technology park and the vision of the province’s overarching Transformation, Modernisation and Reindustrialisation (TMR) strategy, Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Thursday...
Dec 08, 2015
 
 
 
 
Dec 07, 2015
A study of the impacts of South Africa’s participation in the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) of the European Union (EU) has found it to have strengthened the country’s integration into international research networks,...
Dec 04, 2015
Around the world, additive layer manufacturing, also known more simply as additive manufacturing and popularly called 3D printing, is a technology that is rapidly growing in usefulness and capability, and South Africa is no exception. Although lots of research and...
Dec 03, 2015
Science & Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has hailed the new Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Nanomaterials Industrial Development Facility (NIDF). She was delivering the keynote address at the...
Dec 03, 2015
ST-CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre director Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray
The Nanomaterials Industrial Development Facility (NIDF), a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), marks the start of the next phase in the development of nanoscience and...
Nov 30, 2015
Telescope for the Lunar laser rangefinder
The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO)  is in the process of constructing a Lunar laser rangefinder, to widen its area of scientific research. The project is being developed with the assistance of the Côte d'Azur Observatory in France and the US...
Nov 30, 2015
SKA South Africa, the organisation responsible for South Africa's participation in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, and for the country's own MeerKAT radio telescope array, is busy helping develop the data processing...
Nov 27, 2015
European defence aerospace company Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), part of the Airbus group, is involved in research and development (R&D) projects beyond the defence and security realm as well as within it. There are two main non- or not necessarily- defence...
Nov 27, 2015
German-based company Airbus Defence and Space (part of the Airbus Group), has made major progress in the development of passive radar for tracking aircraft. This is the third and most recent category of radar to be conceived of. Active or primary radars are the...
Nov 27, 2015
In the midst of the current drought crisis facing South Africa, Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture (GFIA) believes that there is a need for urgent long-term, sustainable, innovative solutions that will help mitigate the impact of climate change, in order to...
Nov 26, 2015
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, photographed on Wednesday before delivering his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons
In his Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 on Wednesday, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that the UK government was “doubling our spending on energy research with a major commitment to small modular nuclear reactors”. In a document...
 
 
 
 
Nov 20, 2015
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) has launched a new chemistry laboratory aimed at boosting its efforts to develop life-saving medicines.      “The new medicinal chemistry laboratory is expected to attract significant...
Nov 20, 2015
Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, has the potential to completely change the relationships between individual consumers, professional designers and manufacturers. So argued Loughborough University Reader in Computer Aided Product Design Dr Ian...
Nov 20, 2015
OVERALL WINNER The Square Kilometre Array Africa Radio Antenna Positioner was the overall winner of Steel Awards 2015, as well as the event's Tubular category
Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Awards convenor Spencer Erling says the quality of the entries for this year’s Steel Awards easily matched the outstanding quality of previous years. “We are going through very tough times in the steel...
Nov 20, 2015
EMPOWERED USE Telematics technologies ensure full visibility of fleet vehicles at any time to allow for the early detection of potential theft or hijacking, thereby enhancing security
The increasing number of truck hijackings in South Africa has resulted in its telematics market maturing at a rapid pace. Telematics technologies ensure full visibility of fleet vehicles at any time to allow for the early detection of potential theft and are,...
Nov 16, 2015
The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) announced on Monday that it had signed a bilateral cooperation agreement with its Chinese counterpart, the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA). The technical agreement had been signed in Beijing on November 12 by NNR CEO...
 
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