Mind-controlled robotic hand developed

2016-12-07 16:52

Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup.

China's Arctic ambitions take shape in remote Iceland valley

2016-11-17 16:03

The growing relationship between China and Iceland is taking concrete form in a remote valley near the Arctic Circle, where a Chinese-funded, Icelandic-built observatory will study the Northern Lights

When is a coffee mug a doughnut?

2016-10-05 21:09

A topologist is a person who cannot tell the difference between a coffee mug and a doughnut - so goes a joke about a little-known scientific field crowned with a Nobel Physics Prize.

World's first baby born from 3-parent technique - report

2016-09-27 20:25

The world's first baby has been born thanks to a controversial new technique employed by US scientists to include DNA from three parents in the embryo, a report says.

Who says you need an egg to create an embryo?

2016-09-13 19:05

We all grow up to accept certain unassailable facts: water is wet, the Earth is round, and to produce a baby you need an egg and sperm. However, the latter might not be true.

Scientists closer to understanding 'dark matter'

2016-09-07 22:23

Wits University scientists are excited about getting closer to understanding “dark matter”, the institution has said.

Italy's 100 club village reveals its secret

2016-09-05 20:55

Scientists have revealed part of the secret to why a small village in southern Italy has an unusual number of centenarians - low levels of a particular hormone that affects circulation.

US university defends study that led to beagles' deaths

2016-09-04 21:33

The University of Missouri is defending its research practices after a national pet-adoption group decried an experiment that led to euthanising six female beagles

The simple thing you could be doing for your health

2016-08-22 08:48

If you’re smart, you probably already think about what you eat. Now focus on how you eat it and you’ll soon feel the positive effects.

Eskom research project to tackle nuclear fears

2016-07-20 18:58

Eskom has signed the second phase of a research project which involves six South African universities and aims to improve Africa's electrification.


How experts arrived at SA's R3 500 minimum wage figure

2016-11-21 20:08

The panel of experts tasked to determine the proposed minimum wage chose a figure that would not lead to job loss.

SA scientists join Antarctic circumnavigation

2016-10-17 22:25

More than 50 researchers from 30 countries are to carry out the first scientific circumnavigation of Antarctica in an attempt to measure pollution and climate change.

Man's best friend? It may be genetic

2016-09-29 22:20

If you think dogs are drawn to your winning personality then think again - the attraction may be genetic, according to a study that pinpoints genes linked to inter-species amity.

'Infant eyes are like gold,' mom hears after organ donation

2016-09-25 17:52

Critical medical research depends on scientists' ability to work with human cells and organs, but families who donate a loved one's tissue for science seldom learn much about what happens next.

US scientists test tiny water purifier powered by light

2016-09-08 22:25

US scientists say they have invented a tiny water purifying device, which is about the size of a person's fingertip and harnesses light to kill harmful bacteria.

Life-altering science moves fast, sparking debate

2016-09-06 18:25

Scientific techniques that can wipe out invasive species or alter mosquitoes' ability to carry disease are pushing ahead, raising concerns about the ethics of permanently changing the natural world.

SA scientist, engineer pioneer tech in TB research

2016-09-05 07:47

A simple tag pioneered in South Africa could soon be used to curb the spread of tuberculosis in Africa.

IBM launches Africa's second lab in Joburg

2016-08-26 06:00

Computer engineering giant IBM has launched its second research location in Africa at the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Dolly's 'twins' alive and kicking - clone study

2016-07-26 21:38

Four genetically-identical copies of Dolly the famous cloned sheep, which suffered ill health and died prematurely in 2003, are going strong at the advanced age of nine, a study says.

Chimp uses touch screen to learn to walk

2016-07-07 22:14

A chimpanzee has learned to walk again using a touch screen. VIDEO

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