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Laser beam technology breakthrough could revolutionise optical communications

7th August 2020 Researchers a the University of Central Florida (UCF) in the US have developed a new category of laser beams that could revolutionise optical communications and laser technologies. These new laser beams have properties that are unique and not possessed by standard laser beams.  The new laser... 

UK funding capacity building at African Centre of Excellence at Stellenbosch University

7th August 2020 Stellenbosch University’s African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Energy is to receive funding of R12-million over two years from the UK. The money is being provided by Britain’s science, technology and innovation funding agency, UK Research and Innovation... 

New approach suggests the universe is younger than previously believed

7th August 2020 Using a new approach, a team of scientists at the University of Oregon (UO), in the US, have come up with a new estimate for the age of the universe – 12.6-billion years. Since 2013, the generally accepted age of the universe has been 13.77-billion years. (This figure was derived using data from... 

Iata reports that African airlines likely to lose $2-billion this year

7th August 2020 The global airline industry’s representative body, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), released, late last month, its latest analysis and forecast regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Africa’s airline sector. The continent’s airlines are expected to suffer total losses... 

Researchers elucidate key details of Mars’ internal structure using seismic data

6th August 2020 Seismologists from Rice University in Houston in the US state of Texas have for the first time been able to directly measure the boundaries between the different levels that compose the planet Mars – the crust, the mantle and the core – plus a very important transition zone within the mantle.... 

World airlines expect next 12 months to be tough

6th August 2020 No less than 68% of the world’s airline Chief Financial Officers and Heads of Cargo expect profits not to improve or even to decline further over the next 12 months. This is one of the results reported in the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) “Airline Business Confidence Index... 

Covid-19 hits Embraer commercial jet deliveries hard in second quarter, group reports

6th August 2020 Embraer, the Brazil-based major aerospace group which is the world’s number one manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats, has confirmed that it is slowing down the development of its new generation E175-E2 airliner, because of the current poor condition of the global airliner market,... 

Parliamentary committee welcomes new Secretary for Defence

5th August 2020 Parliamentary Portfolio Committee of Defence and Military Veterans Chairperson Cyril Xaba has welcomes the appointment of Gladys Sonto Kudjoe as the new Secretary for Defence. She is the first woman to hold this post, which is the senior civilian public service position within the Department of... 

Denel 'studying' Labour Court judgment, assures it will meet its staff obligations

5th August 2020 Financially-beleaguered State-owned defence industrial group Denel has confirmed that it has received the judgment against it by the Labour Court, handed down on Tuesday. The case had been instituted by two of the unions representing workers at Denel. The court ordered the group to pay its... 

Trade union wins salary case against defence group Denel in court

4th August 2020 Financially-embattled State-owned defence industrial group Denel has been ordered to pay its workers their salaries, the UASA trade union reported on Tuesday. This was the outcome of a virtual hearing by the Labour Court. “Presiding Judge Andre van Niekerk in his findings noted that Denel had... 

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