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.

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.


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.

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.

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