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Free online tool encourages STEM exploration, discovery and learning

22nd February 2022 The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) has developed an online, interactive, virtual landscape aimed at stimulating learners’ curiosity in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.  The STEMulator portal provides a highly interactive knowledge and exploration... 

Innovative thermal energy storage chain

9th March 2020 Academics at the University of Nottingham, in the UK have developed thermal energy technology for a range of applications including buildings, greenhouses, cold storage and industrial processes. The patented ChainStore technology is being promoted by Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and... 

Screening app brings hearing hope

6th February 2020 According to the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, deafness is one of the greatest disabilities in South Africa affecting more than 4-million people. It is estimated that of every 1 000 children born in the public health care sector, four to six children have hearing... 

Prize-winning edible straws

22nd January 2020 A passion for environmental sustainability recently bagged a second-year Chemical Engineering student at Stellenbosch University (SU) a massive cash prize. Moved by a Facebook post of a sea turtle with a plastic fork stuck in its nose, 19-year old Leila Siljeur felt she had to do something to... 

Apron belt feeder promises strength and control

13th December 2019 A new apron belt feeder for run-of-mine (RoM) and stockyard applications offers the strength of an apron feeder with the spillage control of a conveyor system. The belt-over-apron feeder has a low-profile loading deck and a modular design, for adjustable-rate feeding of abrasive materials such as... 

Office chair for changing workspaces

29th November 2019 A task chair with an automatic tilt and suspension armrest was unveiled in Italy last year and is now available for order worldwide. As more organisations move towards the concept of shared workplaces and work points, the manufacturer identified a growing demand for a chair that adapts to the... 

Mobile phones monitor flood levels

15th November 2019 A new water monitoring station that measures levels, flows, flumes and stage discharge via cloud networks has been launched, to assist in the mitigation of the effects of floodwaters, stormwater and compromised storage dams. The system is said to deliver near real-time water level and flow... 

Artificial turf scores at the Moses Mabhida stadium

25th October 2019 The 9 000 m² run off that surrounds the central soccer pitch at Durban’s iconic Moses Mabhida stadium has been clad in artificial turf imported from Europe. The artificial grass was designed using four different shades of greens and browns to resemble natural lawns found in South Africa. The turf... 

Extruder offers higher casting speed

18th October 2019 A new model of extruder for hollow-core slab production, has been introduced. The new machine will offer high casting speed, second generation automatic compaction control and bouncing prevention. In addition to the standard hollow-core slab production, the new design of the machine will also... 

Another step towards fully autonomous mining

4th October 2019 A fifth generation Rig Control System (RCS) has been introduced. The RCS is a hardware and software interface between a drill rig and the operator. Features such as machine-to-machine communication, sharing real-time drill plan updates between drills, auto tower angle and integrated camera view... 

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