Scientists formulate bird family tree

2015-10-07 22:36

They come in many shapes, sizes and hues, from Cuba's tiny bee hummingbird to the flightless ostrich of Africa's plains, Antarctica's emperor penguin and the Southern Ocean's majestic wandering albatross...

Biotech AI for UK genome study

2015-09-30 21:13

Berg, a private company that uses artificial intelligence to discover new drugs and diagnostics, will help England's national genomics project mine DNA.

Wine's darkest secret revealed - it's all in the fungi

2015-09-24 22:32

The distinctive bouquet and flavour of a Chablis or chardonnay can not be achieved without the input of a brainless, single-celled organism, a study says.

African scientists funded to seek cures

2015-09-11 05:33

An African research fund launched in Kenya aims to raise the quality of Africa's scientific output and tackle diseases such as HIV/Aids, malaria and Ebola.

SA researchers honoured

2015-08-30 23:02

GROUND-BREAKING research, excellence and innovation were rewarded when three University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) professors received awards for their work in various fields this week.

Liberians look for help to care for research chimps

2015-08-24 21:49

Liberians are looking for help to care for chimpanzees used for research by a US organisation.

Extreme diving, crucial to Arctic research

2015-08-16 19:28

How do algae react to the warming of the Arctic Ocean? How is it affecting wildlife in the fjords? To find answers, researchers rely heavily on divers who brave the icy waters to gather samples.

Bioengineered yeast used to make opioids

2015-08-14 07:58

Scientists have invented a speedy method to make potent painkilling opioids using bioengineered baker's yeast instead of poppies.

Bad things happen to good robots

2015-08-03 20:29

HitchBOT, the adorable hitch-hiking robot cobbled together from household odds-and-ends, has prematurely ended its summer travels across America.

Top cock: Roosters crow in pecking order

2015-07-23 18:01

Roosters crow in order of seniority - the top cock announcing daybreak while juniors patiently wait their turn, says a study which has revealed a long-guarded secret of chickendom.


Sneezing monkey, 'walking' fish found in Himalayas: WWF

2015-10-06 08:08

A monkey that sneezes when it rains and a 'walking" fish are among more than 200 species discovered in the fragile eastern Himalayas in recent years, according to conservation group WWF.

Springboks, Heritage Day dominate SA news

2015-09-27 16:04

The Rugby World Cup dominated news coverage this week as the Springboks managed to redeem themselves by beating Samoa.

Text messages good for your heart

2015-09-23 05:43

Just four monthly text messages might spur health improvements for heart patients.

Male seahorses, pregnant women share characteristics

2015-09-02 18:58

Pregnant women and male seahorses share some of the ways they nourish and protect their embryos, an Australian university study has found.

Study reveals male circumcision abuse

2015-08-26 19:54

Circumcision is supposed to be a rite of passage, but a new study by World Vision has confirmed the fears of many that some boys are subjected to abusive and bullying practices.

5 facts about what's possibly the world's first flower

2015-08-19 09:17

The ancient aquatic plant, called the Montsechia vidalii, has overtaken the Archaefructus sinensis, an aquatic plant found in China, as one of the possible first flowers on the planet.

SA vet treats mutilated rhino with elephant skin - A first

2015-08-14 14:09

Veterinarians in South Africa have treated an injured rhino whose face was mutilated by poachers by fitting it with a bandage made of elephant skin.

Unusual octopus likes rough sex

2015-08-13 09:51

Scientists are learning more about a mysterious octopus which taps its prey before stunning the unwitting victim into its arms, according to a study.

Earth's 'magnetic personality' much older than previously thought

2015-07-31 18:00

Earth's magnetic field has been a life preserver, protecting against relentless solar winds, streams of charged particles rushing from the Sun, that otherwise could strip away the planet's atmosphere and water.

Scientist warns against replying to ET signals

2015-07-21 19:59

A leading Australian scientist using the world-famous Parkes telescope describes his role in the biggest-ever project to find intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

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