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Biggest and smallest creatures at top risk of extinction - study

2017-09-22 10:09

Animals on both the large and small side of the spectrum face the most risk of extinction - but for very different reasons, each with vast consequences for the planet, researchers say.

Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn

2017-09-07 08:35

People may be ingesting between 3 000 and 4 000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, said a study based on samples from 14 countries.

Violence creating 'lost generation' of Middle East men - study

2017-08-08 17:36

Suicide and murder are rising fast in the Middle East and nearby regions that are already grappling with war and conflict, creating a "lost generation", particularly among men, researchers say.

'Human Project' study will ask 10 000 to share life's data

2017-06-19 20:04

Researchers are gearing up to start recruiting 10 000 New Yorkers early next year for a study so sweeping it's called "The Human Project".

'Catastrophic failure': why shoelaces come undone

2017-04-12 14:13

A mystery as old as laced shoes has been unravelled by experiments that reveal how shoestrings come undone when we are on the move.

Biologists find weird 'super life' in cave

2017-02-18 11:00

Scientists examining deep and hot caves in Mexico have found microbes trapped in crystals that could be 50 000 years old.

Antarctic station moved to escape breaking ice shelf

2017-01-17 16:09

The British research station located on a floating ice shelf in Antarctica is being relocated and shut down over the winter because of fears it could float off if a crack in the ice causes an iceberg to break off.

Research trip around the Antarctic sets sail from Cape Town

2016-12-21 10:15

The Russian research vessel Akademik Treshnikov has set sail from Cape Town to take a group of international scientists around the Antarctic.

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.

 

Policy uncertainty is killing investment in what matters

2017-09-14 09:30

South Africa’s government must implement policies that attract private sector investment into research and development in order to grow the economy.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? - No, it's a Jurassic mammal!

2017-08-10 20:09

Not all prehistoric mammals needed to scurry to avoid dinosaurs with whom they shared the planet in the Jurassic age. Some just glided, according to research.

Young blood makes old mice smarter, says study

2017-04-19 20:55

Lab tests in which elderly mice were injected with a protein found in human umbilical cord blood, have thrown up an intriguing target for keeping the brain healthy into older age, scientists say.

When galaxies crash, black holes devour stars

2017-02-27 21:30

Supermassive black holes rip up and devour hapless stars a hundred times more frequently than thought, according to researchers.

African 'fairy circles' explained

2017-01-18 22:31

Scientists may have solved the mystery of those odd 'fairy circles' that dot the Namib desert in simple geometric beauty, and it's more natural than supernatural.

105-year-old orca missing, likely dead

2017-01-03 21:55

Researchers says the oldest member of the small population of endangered Puget Sound orcas has been missing for months and is likely dead.

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.

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