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.

Teen's HIV in check for 12 years without drugs

2015-07-20 20:30

A French teenager born with HIV and treated until age 6, is still free from infection 12 years after stopping the treatments, suggesting the first case of long-term remission in a child infected from birth, researchers say.

Aiyeeeee! Screams jolt brain's fear response centre

2015-07-16 20:01

If you feel like a human scream jolts the deep recesses of your brain, there's a good reason for it. That is precisely what is happening, scientists say.

Bear necessities: Low metabolism lets pandas survive on bamboo

2015-07-10 11:53

Giant pandas eat vegetables even though their bodies are better equipped to eat meat. So how do these black-and-white bears from the remote, misty mountains of central China survive on a diet almost exclusively of a low-nutrient food like bamboo?

Baits, underwater cameras to help count world's sharks

2015-07-08 08:06

Using bait attached to underwater cameras at 400 reefs worldwide, scientists are embarking on their first-ever attempt to count the world’s sharks, researchers say.


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.

Hawking launches massive search for aliens

2015-07-20 16:48

British cosmologist Steven Hawking has launched the biggest-ever search for alien life called Breakthrough Listen.

Global warming may fuel terrorism - report

2015-07-13 22:02

Global warming-induced food and water shortages may cause mass migration, competition for resources and state failure, providing fertile ground for conflict and terrorism, analysts have warned.

'Vampires' keep doctors in the dark

2015-07-08 21:57

It is not easy being a vampire, and even harder to come out of the coffin to a physician or therapist for fear they will misinterpret the habit of ingesting blood.

Signs of aging appear in our mid-20s

2015-07-07 07:51

Aging is typically studied in the elderly, but a new study says different rates of aging can be detected as early as the mid-20s.

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