First year fatties may be oversold

2014-09-29 21:04

College students may not become the much-dreaded "First Year Fatties" but they do gain weight during their years in school.

Warning over hoodia 'diets'

2014-09-28 22:05

Consuming extracts of the succulent plant Hoodia gordonii is often punted as a safe way to lose weight, but a new study suggests it may not just shed fat but muscle tissue too.

Solar system's water older than the sun - study

2014-09-26 06:38

Water found in Earth's oceans, in meteorites and frozen in lunar craters predates the birth of the solar system, a study has shown, a finding with implications for the search for life on other planets.

Sex bias in biomedical research to end

2014-09-24 07:00

The US National Institutes of Health has begun putting in place its new policy aimed at ending long-standing sex bias in biomedical research favouring male lab animals and cells.

Scientists go ga-ga for baby-talk gene

2014-09-17 05:00

Scientists say they have identified a gene that appears to play an important part in babies' language development.

Japan to devise new Antarctic whaling programme

2014-09-16 17:24

The Japanese government will devise a new plan to resume whale hunts in Antarctic waters after it was banned earlier this year from pursuing its research whaling programme in the Southern Ocean.

Cuba turns down Hemingway fishing log request

2014-09-12 19:23

US scientists won't get immediate access to invaluable fishing logs kept by Ernest Hemingway but authorities will work to let researchers see them eventually, Cuban officials say.

Squirrel critters shed light on mammal origins

2014-09-11 09:16

Scientists have announced the discovery of fossils belonging to three squirrel mammals that indicate as a group, they appeared earlier than some experts thought.

Something fishy: Trout and eels co-operate in hunt

2014-09-09 12:59

Scientists have described how a colourful fish called the coral trout recruits moray eels to help hunt for prey, with both ending up well fed.

Jack the Ripper finally identified - reports

2014-09-08 08:04

Jack the Ripper, one of the most notorious serial killers in history, has been identified through DNA traces found on a shawl, claims a sleuth in a new book.

Bon Voyage: SA Agulhas II leaves for research

2014-09-04 16:29

The South African research vessel SA Agulhas II has embarked on her annual voyage to Gough Island, where an over-wintering team will spend 14 months.

Japan seeks to resume Antarctic whaling

2014-09-04 13:46

Japan is seeking international support for its plans to hunt minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean by scaling down the whaling research programme the UN top court rejected.

Sex geckos chill in space

2014-09-02 07:48

Five geckos sent into orbit to test the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives have all frozen.

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

2014-08-29 20:56

For years scientists have theorised about how large rocks, some weighing hundreds of pounds zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

Just like us wolves yawn contagiously too

2014-08-28 10:01

Contagious yawning is a behaviour shared by chimpanzees, baboons, dogs and humans, and researchers say that wolves can do it too, suggesting that empathy among animals is a common trait.

Worms, flies and humans... how we are related

2014-08-27 21:58

Biologists say the genetic machinery of humans, fruit flies and roundworms is similar in many surprising ways, a discovery that could help basic research into disease.

'Sheepdog mystery' solved at last

2014-08-27 08:23

The sheepdog mystery has niggled mathematical minds for years. How does a single dog get so many sheep to move so efficiently in the same direction? Finally the answer has been revealed.

3-million-year-old SA child skull had no soft spot

2014-08-26 12:59

A three-million-year-old child's skull uncovered in SA has no signs of the kind of soft spot that would be seen in human children with larger brains, a study says.

Octopus inspires new camouflage material

2014-08-19 22:49

The octopus's ability to camouflage itself has inspired a new kind of thin, flexible fabric that can automatically match patterns, US researchers said Tuesday.

Researchers sniff out secret to elephants’ smelling

2014-08-18 13:11

Elephants have the best sense of smell on Earth, according to a new study.The scientists have found that elephant trunks contain more olfactory receptors genes than other single species.

Antarctic minke whales have a feeding 'frenzy'

2014-08-15 10:24

Antarctic minke whales engage in an underwater feeding frenzy, filling their huge mouths up to 100 times an hour as they gorge on prawn-like krill during the summer.

Stash of bones reveals new flying dinosaur

2014-08-14 15:09

A stash of buried bones in Brazil has allowed scientists to identify a new species of flying dinosaur that soared in the skies 66 to 100 million years ago, a study says.

Dolphins squeal with delight like children: study

2014-08-14 07:48

Dolphins often squeal when they get a treat, sounding much like children. US researchers say they believe these calls are expressions of pure delight.

First woman wins maths 'Nobel' prize

2014-08-13 07:41

Iranian-born mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has became the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal, mathematics' equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

2m penguin fossil found in Antarctica

2014-08-11 11:01

Argentine palaeontologists have uncovered the largest penguin fossils ever found. Discovered on the Antarctic Peninsula, the bird, dubbed 'Colossus', would have stood two metres tall.


New aquaponics facility to feed Stellenbosch hungry

2014-09-26 14:39

A new aquaponic research facility launched at the Stellenbosch University will further understanding of the technology as well as combat hunger in the Stellenbosch community.

New monkey moths found in KZN

2014-09-25 09:53

Two new species of colourful furry monkey moths have been recorded in KwaZulu-Natal.

Baby clownfish embark on epic journeys

2014-09-18 10:32

In their first days of life, clownfish larvae can swim up to 400km in order to find a home, according to a new study.

Drones fly into Hurricane Edouard

2014-09-16 21:36

NOAA has launched drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect storm data.

Science to the rescue of art

2014-09-14 21:11

Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers are losing their yellow cheer and the unsettling apricot horizon in Edvard Munch's The Scream is turning a dull ivory.

US teens see alcohol, dagga differently

2014-09-12 09:47

Using alcohol leads to unsafe driving and compromised relationships with peers, while using marijuana harms relationships with authority figures, US teens say in a survey.

Ancient pits reveal origin of peach domestication

2014-09-09 12:59

Scientists say an analysis of well-preserved ancient peach pits traces the domestication of this sweet fruit back at least 7 500 years to China's lower Yangtze River Valley in the vicinity of Shanghai.

Japan starts Pacific 'research' whaling

2014-09-08 08:06

A fleet of four Japanese ships have left the northern main island of Hokkaido to start the seasonal "research" whaling hunt in Pacific coastal waters, local media says.

Coffee genome could lead to better brew

2014-09-05 06:22

An international team of researchers have released the sequenced genome of coffee, saying it could help improve the flavor of one of the world's most popular beverages.


The South African research vessel SA Agulhas II has embarked on her annual voyage to Gough Island.

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E. coli bacteria used to create fossil fuel

2014-09-02 21:41

British and Finnish scientists have found a way of generating renewable propane using a bacterium widely found in the human intestine.

Renowned rock art in US, younger than believed

2014-09-01 12:16

Life-sized figures sketched into red rock cliffs in Canyonlands National Park were drawn 1 000 years more recently than what had long been believed, scientists say.

Walking African fish reveals how our ancestors evolved

2014-08-28 11:53

Experiments on an African fish have shown what might have happened when the first fish ‘walked’ out of water, an evolutionary step that gave rise to today’s tetrapods – amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. [VIDEO]

Underground lab glimpses 'soul' of the Sun

2014-08-28 05:00

A lab sited under 1.4km of rock has detected particles from the Sun that help to measure activity at the very heart of our star, scientists say.

Singapore producing futuristic farms

2014-08-27 14:02

Scientists at an indoor produce farm in Singapore are using cutting edge technology to reduce growing times and costs.

Cooking linked to high blood pressure in China

2014-08-26 16:07

Women in China who are exposed to pollution from cookstoves and highways face a greater risk of high blood pressure, researchers say.

CGS identifying SA quake hotspots

2014-08-25 14:43

The Council for Geoscience is busy identifying earthquake hotspots in South Africa's urban areas, it says.

Magpies myth busted

2014-08-19 21:07

Magpies, black-and-white birds which for generations have been known as jewellery thieves, are in fact wary of shiny objects, a myth-busting study has claimed.

Another Ebola problem: Finding its natural source

2014-08-18 01:33

A scary problem lurks beyond the frenzied efforts to keep people from spreading Ebola: No one knows exactly where the virus comes from or how to stop it from seeding new outbreaks.

Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants

2014-08-15 09:27

It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.

Mummies began long before Age of Pharaohs

2014-08-14 11:24

The earliest evidence of mummification in Egypt suggests that the practice of wrapping bodies to preserve them after death began around 1 000 years earlier than thought.

Injecting bacteria shrinks tumors in dogs

2014-08-13 21:26

Common soil bacteria injected into solid cancers in pet dogs and one human patient shrank many of the tumours, scientists report.

US cave unearths a treasure trove of animals

2014-08-11 13:45

Scientists excavating a sinkhole containing a trove of fossils of Ice Age mammals have unearthed hundreds of bones, including prehistoric animals such as the American cheetah.

Pollution from Keystone more than expected

2014-08-11 09:50

The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the state department calculated earlier this year, a new study says.

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