SA scientist using 'resurrection plants' to battle drought

2015-11-22 12:31

As the race to adapt to climate change quickens, a South African scientist is leading global research into developing crops that mimic the extraordinary survival skills of "resurrection plants".

Scientist stripped of doctorate

2015-11-03 18:07

A Japanese university has revoked the PhD awarded to Haruko Obokata in the latest twist in a row that has rocked the scientific world.

Scientists appeal for ambitious microbiome study

2015-10-29 16:37

A group of 48 scientists from 50 US institutions have called for more ambitious research into the tiny microorganisms that play a huge role in health, energy and farming.

'Out of this world' experience for Cape Flats rocket enthusiast who jetted off to Jerusalem

2015-10-20 09:16

A Cape Town man is living his dream after being one of a select few invited to present his rocket prototype at the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem.

Scientists find genes that protect African children from malaria

2015-10-01 15:46

Scientists have identified specific genetic variations that protect some African children from developing severe malaria and say their discovery will boost the fight against a disease that kills around half a million children a year.

US scientists make tiny invisibility cloak

2015-09-18 07:40

A tiny invisibility cloak has been invented by US scientists who are edging ever-closer to a real version of what has until now been a staple of science fiction.

I am no grandchild of any ape, monkey or baboon - Vavi on Homo naledi

2015-09-12 22:08

“No one will dig old monkey bones to back up a theory that I was once a baboon,” former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi tweeted on Saturday.

Slow-melting ice cream is here

2015-08-31 21:10

The summer scourge of sticky hands could become a thing of the past as British researchers announced the discovery of an ingredient to make slow-melting ice cream.

Four astronomical things about new telescope at North West University

2015-08-20 21:13

The mysteries and awe surrounding our universe have just been brought a step closer with a new state-of-the-art telescope at the North West University's Mafikeng campus.

During mass extinction, no species safe

2015-08-12 08:01

Dominant species spread across the globe are just as vulnerable during a mass extinction event as more fragile ones confined to a single locale.


Stephen Hawking cancels due to ill health

2015-11-11 15:56

Physicist Stephen Hawking is unwell forcing him to cancel several public events.

Dung beetles: This is the way they roll

2015-11-02 21:14

New research, by the same scientists who proved that dung beetles use the Milky Way to navigate, now shows that the insect's brain is a lot more flexible than initially thought.

Tractor beams becoming reality

2015-10-27 22:49

The tractor beam, a staple of science fiction including Star Wars and Star Trek that is employed to grab spaceships and other things remotely, is entering the realm of reality.

Oldest-known fetal horse fossil is 48-million-years old

2015-10-08 10:24

A 48-million-year-old fossil of a pregnant horse and fetus is the oldest of its kind known to science and contains unusually well-preserved evidence of tissue from the womb, researchers say.

Meteorite bashing changed Earth's chemistry

2015-09-23 21:16

In its early life, Earth suffered a meteorite pummelling that lasted 100 million years and may have changed its chemical make-up forever.

'Science and religion can learn from one another' on Homo naledi

2015-09-14 20:59

Science and religion can learn a lot from one another, rather than trying to prove the other wrong, a lay preacher has told News24.

New era for Iran science

2015-09-04 14:05

The Iran nuclear deal will usher in a new era in science by lifting sanctions and encouraging research in the Islamic republic.

'Rain Lizard' dinosaur makes its debut

2015-08-24 22:15

A new species of dinosaur, the Rain Lizard, has made its debut in the growing catalogue of exciting fossil finds in the Free State.

Scientists find how obesity gene works, a clue to treatment

2015-08-20 08:29

Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise.

Five things we learnt as children about our bodies that are wrong

2015-08-04 21:06

We have been taught a lot of different things about our bodies by our schools, our parents and our friends - some of which are just wrong.

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