ARTICLES RELATING TO SCIENCE

How babies prepare to cuddle

2014-07-19 19:00

It may seem like a simple action, but your baby preparing to cuddle could be very important.

How babies prepare to cuddle

2014-06-25 20:59

It may seem like a simple action, but your baby preparing to cuddle could be very important.

Ancient parasite highlights humans' role in spread of disease

2014-06-20 12:51

The discovery of a schistosomiasis parasite egg in a 6,200-year-old grave in Syria may be the earliest evidence that agricultural irrigation systems in the Middle East contributed to a vast spread of disease.

Panel backs potential 'three-parent' IVF babies

2014-06-03 20:56

A British expert scientific panel has given its backing to potential new three-way fertility treatments that would allow genetically modified embryos to be implanted into women.

Scientists add new letters to alphabet of life

2014-05-08 09:48

Scientists, in a world first, has announced that they had added two letters to the genetic code that forms the chemical blueprint for life.

Reiki: Superstitious hogwash or reliable healing method?

2014-05-05 11:11

Reiki is the new "spiritual healing" trend that has taken the world by storm, but does it work?

SKA puts Africa on the map - Hanekom

2014-03-26 22:06

The Square Kilometre Array radio telescope will put South Africa and the continent on the map in a different way, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom says.

Conservatives 'hurt' science progress

2014-03-14 10:29
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Conservative political beliefs threaten to undermine the progress made in science, particular in the US where the debate has shifted to the right, a top astronomer has warned.

It's a solid... it's a liquid... it's a dropleton

2014-02-26 22:29

Scientists have discovered a new type of microscopic particle cluster that is found in solid materials but strangely behaves like a liquid.

Brain scans help predict learning problems - study

2014-01-30 05:30

Brain scans may help identify children with learning difficulties much earlier by measuring their short-term memory capacity, according to a Swedish study.

Study says faulty brain wiring the cause of dyslexia

2013-12-06 14:46

A roadblock in the brain makes reading hard for people with dyslexia, a new study suggested on Thursday, contradicting long-held opinion.

'Lost world' discovered in Australia

2013-10-28 12:05

An expedition to a remote part of northern Australia has uncovered three new vertebrate species isolated for millions of years, with scientists calling the area a "lost world".

Jury member: Nobel physics decision wrong

2013-10-09 11:36

The Nobel Prize in Physics should also have gone to the Cern laboratory in Switzerland, a member of the awarding committee has said.

Tear and saliva glands made in lab dish

2013-10-01 20:34

Researchers say they have created saliva glands and tear glands using stem cells from mice, marking a further advance in the quest to grow replacement bio-engineered organs.

Hanekom praises new CSIR laser

2013-09-17 23:18

The development of the world’s first digital laser in South Africa presents limitless opportunities, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom says

Researchers’ tweets move science forward

2013-09-12 05:00

Researchers are using Twitter to increase the impact of their research.

Super spider nano silk opens way

2013-09-10 23:31

Scientists in the United States have coated spider silk with carbon nanotubes, creating a fibre that is not only super-strong but also conducts electricity.

SKA costs - countries haggle

2013-08-21 20:11

Lengthy negotiations are underway to establish how much each country involved will pay for the first phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.

Evolution of monogamy explained

2013-07-30 09:06

Scientists are coming closer to understanding the evolutionary reason behind monogamy, with two new studies exploring different advantages of the practice.

New microchips mimic the brain

2013-07-23 17:32

Researchers in Switzerland say they have made microchips that imitate the way our brains process information, unlocking some of the mystery around how the world's most efficient computer functions.

Higgs evidence mounts one year on

2013-07-02 13:32

A year since the discovery of a subatomic particle set the science world aflutter, evidence is mounting it may be the elusive Higgs boson.

Snake's ultra-black spots aids high-tech

2013-05-16 22:05

Scientists have identified nanostructures in the ultra-black skin markings of an African viper which could inspire the quest to create the ultimate light-absorbing material.

Earth core much hotter than thought

2013-04-25 22:32

European scientists say that a new laboratory experiment shows the Earth's core is probably much hotter than last reported 20 years ago.

Work by female scientists gets judged more harshly

2013-04-22 12:56

Research conducted by men viewed as higher quality than identical studies listing female authors.

Spending cuts hit US science, research

2013-04-08 08:48

Automatic spending cuts have hit America's science and research sectors especially hard, according to experts, who warn of potentially dire implications.

 

Compressed diamond sheds light on mega-planets

2014-07-16 22:37

Physicists in the US reported they had compressed diamond to a density greater than that of lead, a technical feat that yields insights into the secrets of giant planets.

Atom smasher gets double the power

2014-06-24 07:36

The Large Hadron Collider is gearing up for its second three-year run with double the power.

Scientists create 'mini-retina' in lab dish

2014-06-11 11:01

In another step towards reversing degenerative vision loss, scientists say they have coaxed stem cells into growing into a tiny, light-sensing retina in a lab dish.

UK launches £10m science prize

2014-05-20 09:22

Britain is offering £10m to whoever can solve one of humanity's biggest scientific challenges - once the public has decided what it is.

Reiki: Superstitious hogwash or reliable healing method?

2014-05-06 12:30

Reiki is the new "spiritual healing" trend that has taken the world by storm, but does it work?

Lab-grown vagina, nostrils working well

2014-04-11 08:30

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.

Science communication should be better, expert says

2014-03-20 09:40

More effective communication from scientists is key to help dispel the negative perception of the scientific method, a top science educator has said.

'Tribo-electric', the buzzword of the future?

2014-03-04 21:07

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology say they have built a simple prototype device that converts stop-start movement into power.

Science guy Bill Nye and Ken Ham face off

2014-02-07 12:03

Renowned science expert Bill Nye has had a lengthy debate with creationist Ken Ham on evolution and the origin of man.

Scientist: This is how to survive a nuclear blast

2014-01-15 09:32

A scientist has published a guide to help authorities limit deaths from fallout after a city is hit by a nuclear bomb.

Black holes spit out high-speed jets of matter

2013-11-14 10:40

Black holes spit out mighty high-speed jets of matter that include heavy atoms, a study published in Nature says.

Karplus, Levitt, Warshel win Nobel chemistry prize

2013-10-09 13:30

Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for laying the foundation for the computer models used to understand and predict chemical processes.

Englert and Higgs win Nobel physics prize

2013-10-08 13:25

Physicists Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for their theoretical discoveries on how subatomic particles acquire mass.

Denel space unit inducted into the IAF

2013-09-23 11:01

Denel's new space engineering unit Spaceteq has been inducted into the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

Ig Nobel awards to honour weird, funny

2013-09-12 19:37

The annual Ig Nobel awards honour weird or funny discoveries in science.

Researchers’ tweets move science forward

2013-09-11 08:51

Researchers are using Twitter to increase the impact of their research.

Toasted cheese scientifically proven

2013-08-22 11:29

Scientists at the British Royal Society of Chemistry have revealed the scientific formula for creating the perfect grilled cheese on toast.

The science behind growing a hamburger

2013-08-06 08:04

There have been many questions around the public tasting of a single hamburger made from cow stem cells. The scientists explain how it was done.

'False memories' take life in the lab

2013-07-25 22:25

Stressful events can often coincide with the creation of false memories, when people recall things that never happened, scientists say.

Animal studies often biased - scientists

2013-07-17 09:02

Medical research that uses animals to test therapies for human brain disorders is often biased, claiming positive results and then failing in human trials.

Conspiracy theories debunked

2013-06-21 10:50

A group of local experts has answered a numbered of the conspiracy theories that are growing in popularity mainly on the internet.

Life-giving elements in ancient water

2013-05-15 22:11

Scientists have found life-giving chemicals in water at least 1.5 billion years old, which they are now combing for signs of microscopic organisms surviving from a prehistoric age.

DNA double trouble for Nobels

2013-04-24 22:19

The discovery of the DNA double helix 60 years ago proved to be a headache for the Nobel organisation as the feat became nominated for prizes in different categories.

Nobel prize-winning biologist dies

2013-04-22 09:30

French biologist Francois Jacob, who won the 1965 Nobel prize for medicine for his research into enzymes, has died at the age of 92.

Scientists 'find' cosmic dark matter

2013-04-03 19:14

A $2bn experiment on the International Space Station is on the verge of explaining one of the more mysterious building blocks of the universe.

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