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Apr 16, 2014
South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has agreed to set up a joint Centre of Excellence (CoE) for radar and sensor technology with the National Defence University of Malaysia (NDUM). The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) covering this was...
Apr 11, 2014
Industrial automation giant Festo has been displaying some of the its ongoing research projects and latest automation developments and products at the Hannover industrial fair from April 7 to 11, as part of its Integrated Automation – The Next Steps theme. The...
Apr 08, 2014
The dramatic advances in technology that have taken place over the past 20 years have made all countries, including South Africa, more vulnerable to space weather. Adverse space weather can disrupt satellite navigation systems (like GPS), satellite communications,...
Apr 03, 2014
Derek Hanekom
Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom on Wednesday launched the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation’s (NRF’s) new Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy...
Apr 01, 2014
Derek Hanekom
Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom has officially launched the new Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, bringing to 14 the number of CoEs established by the...
Mar 28, 2014
The National Research Foundation (NRF) announced on Friday that its board of directors had reappointed Dr Albert van Jaarsveld CEO for a further five-year term until June 2019. Van Jaarsveld previously held the position of deputy-VP at the NRF prior to his...
Mar 28, 2014
DAVID WILLETTS The Square Kilometre Array is the world’s next great science project
The UK has given a major boost to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme by announcing funding of £100-million (€120-million, almost R1.8-billion) for Phase 1 of the instrument. As the construction cost of Phase 1 has been capped...
Mar 28, 2014
A new version of the BriefCam technology, a video synopsis solution that compresses video events and displays them simultaneously, enabes security officers to filter and refine security video footage using colour, the size of an object and the direction of movement,...
Mar 27, 2014
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Mar 21, 2014
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is very happy with the success of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), reports DST Director General Dr Phil Mjwara. He was speaking following the recent announcement by Deputy President Kgalema...
Mar 14, 2014
Data capturing and mapping company GeoM has completed an aerial survey project of overhead power lines in Angola using a helicopter-mounted high-speed laser scanner, says GeoM CEO Dean Polley. Using a complete advanced navigation and positioning system, GeoM captured...
Mar 14, 2014
HENNIE VAN RHYN Using pure helium is often essential to suppress a plasma plume during welding with high-powered carbon dioxide lasers
Industrial gases and engineering company the Linde Group launched its Lasgon series in central Europe in the 1990s as an alternative to using pure helium for laser welding that conserves the gas and has an increased adaptability to welding, says welding, cutting and...
Mar 14, 2014
NEW METHOD The new situational awareness software by Wonderware provides new methods for managing manufacturing and operating plants
Industrial Software and real-time operations management solutions company Wonderware will launch its new situational awareness graphics software and alarm management software at its X-Change User Conference for Industrial Automation and Information Software, in...
Mar 14, 2014
According to a technical insight study conducted by consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan, in January, supplier of urology and incontinence treatments Bard Medical Division in Georgia, in the US, which is a division of healthcare provider C.R.Bard has seen success in the...
Mar 14, 2014
TIME CONTROL Electrical specialist Legrand’s new generation of digital time switches is suited for air-conditioning systems, thermostats and pressure sensors
France-based electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has extended its range of time switches with the launch of a new generation of digital time switches for industrial, commercial and domestic environments. This range was launched at the...
Mar 14, 2014
MOVING WITH THE TIMES Increasing cost pressures in production means that faster processing speeds are being used to keep up with consumer demands
Electronics company Omron launched its new Shape Search III image-processing technology last year, which is ten times faster than its predecessors, says Omron vision manager Philip Potgieter. He explains that the Shape Search III software is used on the FH/FZ5 series...
Mar 14, 2014
TESTING SOLUTION The accumulator testing solution developed by automation distributor Tectra Automation can accommodate 1 ℓ to 150 ℓ accumulators
Automation distributor Tectra Automation has developed South Africa’s first solution for the pressure testing of hydraulic accumulators for recertification processes required by law. Tectra Automation, which is a member of the drive and control company Hytec Group,...
Mar 14, 2014
Researchers from the US and Denmark have identified a new, nickel-gallium, catalyst that turns hydrogen and carbon dioxide into methanol while producing fewer byproducts than the current catalyst. This new approach is low-cost and much cleaner that the existing...
Mar 12, 2014
Following consultations with low-income households in the HaMakuya district, in Limpopo, University of Johannesburg (UJ) Industrial Design Department head Chris Bradnum has designed a “safe, efficient and sustainable” stove, which reduces the volume of wood...
 
 
 
 
Mar 11, 2014
The head office of the SKA Organisation at Jodrell Bank, with the 76 m diameter Lovell radio telescope in the background (SKA Organisation)
The UK has given a major boost to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme by announcing funding of £100-million (€120-million, almost R1.8-billion) for Phase 1 of the instrument. As the construction cost of Phase 1 has been capped...
Mar 07, 2014
The 54 new research chairs announced on Friday as the latest phase in the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) include chairs concerned with astronomy, education, health, rural development and food security and reform. So reported National Research...
Mar 07, 2014
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is very happy with the success of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), DST Director General Dr Phil Mjwara told Engineering News Online. He was interviewed after Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe...
Mar 07, 2014
South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has reaffirmed government's policy of funding scientific and other research. He was delivering the keynote address at the announcement of new research chairs in Pretoria on Friday. "I wish once again to confirm the...
Mar 07, 2014
There can be little doubt that the unmanned air vehicle (UAV) sector is one of the most dynamic in today’s global aerospace industry. Over the past decade, a growing number of countries and companies have seen UAVs as a means to break into the aerospace sector and...
Feb 28, 2014
RIAH PHIYEGA AND SIBUSISO SIBISI Envisage a very close working relationship
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to provide the police with scientific, technological and other specialist expertise to help fight crime and improve public...
Feb 28, 2014
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) reported recently that Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom had authorised the creation of five new Centres of Excellence (CoEs). The purpose of CoEs is to drive joint interdisciplinary research between research...
Feb 28, 2014
High-service distributor of electronic, electrical, mechanical and industrial products RS Components SA has signed a distribution agreement with open-source three-dimensional (3D) printer supplier RepRapPro to supply the new Ormerod 3D printing kit to engineers...
Feb 24, 2014
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and petrochemicals giant Sasol on Monday teamed up to launch the Sasol Entrepreneurship Initiative – a six-month course aimed at developing young entrepreneurs. The proposed 16-module programme covered aspects such as...
Feb 21, 2014
The last of the 64 foundations for the dishes for South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array was poured on February 11, SKA South Africa (SKA SA) recently announced. The 64-dish MeerKAT will be a precursor to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio...
 
 
 
 
Feb 18, 2014
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Riah Phiyega and Sibusiso Sibisi
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Tuesday to provide the police with scientific, technological and other specialist expertise to help fight crime and improve...
Feb 18, 2014
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Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom
The Department of Science and Technology reported on Tuesday that Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom had authorised the creation of five new Centres of Excellence (CoEs). The purpose of CoEs is to drive joint interdisciplinary research between research...
Feb 13, 2014
The promulgation of the new DNA Act in January was a “monumental step forward” for South Africa as the nation battled high levels of crime, but an easy implementation should not be expected. The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill enabled the...
Feb 12, 2014
One of the MeerKAT dish foundations
The last of the 64 foundations for the dishes for South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array was poured on Tuesday, SKA South Africa (SKA SA) has announced. The 64-dish MeerKAT will be a precursor to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope,...
Feb 07, 2014
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As part of a bilateral R3-million Scientific Seminar Scheme between South Africa and the UK, the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills will host a South Africa-UK Science and Technology...
Jan 31, 2014
The world-wide Group on Earth Observation (GEO) is to continue its work for at least another decade. This decision was taken unanimously at the recent GEO Plenary and Ministerial Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. The group exists to stimulate interoperability between...
Jan 27, 2014
The South African Technology Network (SATN), which was established in 2006 by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the Central University of Technology, the Durban University of Technology, the Tshwane University of technology and the Vaal University of...
Jan 24, 2014
Artist's impression of a MeerKAT dish
Science and Technology Minister Derek Hankom would in February host the first Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) science, technology and innovation (STI) ministerial meeting, in Kleinmond, in the Western Cape. The meeting was one of the activities...
Jan 24, 2014
NEW ERA FOR ETHIOPIA A model of one of the two 1 m optical telescopes at the Entoto observatory
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has signed an agreement with the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Addis Ababa University and the Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) to establish the East African regional node of the...
Jan 24, 2014
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Jan 24, 2014
An encouraging trend in South African universities is the maturing collaboration with industry, where companies are actively involved in preparing students for the workplace, says Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Department of Computer Sciences Professor...
Jan 23, 2014
Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom
Science and Technology Mininster Derek Hanekom earlier this week visited the UK’s Science & Technology Faculties Council’s (STFC’s) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) as part of an ongoing effort to further strengthen collaboration between the two countries,...
Jan 17, 2014
Senior officials from the European Union (EU) and South Africa agreed this week at the twelfth joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee, in Brussels, to intensify collaboration in the fields of global health research, earth observation and research...
Jan 17, 2014
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This year is going to be a key year in the process of transforming the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme from concept to concrete. “We’ll have a huge amount of work going on – on the design of the SKA and its systems and...
Jan 17, 2014
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY IN BIOLOGY: A coloured crystallography image of antibodies binding to a virus
This year is the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014). It marks the centenary of the award of the Nobel Prize for Physics to Max von Laue (1879-1960) of Germany for his discovery (published in 1912) that crystals diffract (that is, bend) X-rays. This...
 
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