Bill Nye explains evolution - with emojis

2014-12-15 14:00

Science educator Bill Nye in an online YouTube video has taken to the internet to teach evolution - with emojis.

Joburg facility moves SKA project forward

2014-11-07 11:25

Construction of the Square Kilometre Array project is boosted by a new manufacturing facility.

SA discovers triple black hole system

2014-06-26 07:20

A team of South African astronomers have discovered a triple super-massive black hole system, the Square Kilometre Array SA has said.

Alien signal likely interference, says top astronomer

2014-04-22 13:29

The controversial and unexplained Wow! Signal from decades ago may have been interference, says a top radio astronomer.

'We will find ET'

2014-03-24 10:00

The fact that new technologies are helping astronomers find more extrasolar planets means that it's just a matter of time before extraterrestrial life is found, a top astronomer has said.

Hanekom welcomes UK SKA donation

2014-03-11 20:48

Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom has welcomed a UK contribution of R1.7bn to the Square Kilometre Array project.

Rural communities embrace big science - and God

2014-01-22 08:30

Poor and generally conservative communities are accepting of cutting edge science projects that may contradict their beliefs, the science and technology minister has said.

SA to manage IP carefully for SKA project

2013-11-14 07:25

Intellectual Property rights will have to be carefully managed in order to ensure that scientists and engineers working on the SKA (Square Kilometre Array) can collaborate effectively, a government minister has said.

High-powered visitors to land at SA SKA site

2013-09-10 12:02

The site of the MeerKAT (Karoo Array Telescope) will be visited by a high-powered UK delegation.

MeerKAT foundations take shape

2013-08-15 12:45

The MeerKAT project is moving ahead swiftly with the construction of the foundations of the radio telescopes near Carnarvon in the Karoo.

SKA to spur science, maths interest

2013-05-27 12:05

The Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope is South Africa's biggest science and engineering project and will contribute greatly to science in general.

SKA opens UK headquarters

2013-05-08 11:00

The Square Kilometre Array Organisation has opened its international headquarters in the UK as it pushes to complete the construction of the giant scientific instrument.

SKA science 'revolutionary'

2013-03-19 14:02

The Square Kilometre Array radio telescope is one of the most exciting science projects of the century, project director Bernie Fanaroff has said.

SKA joins IBM to build computer systems

2013-03-11 14:56

The Square Kilometre Array is joining Astron and IBM in a four-year collaboration to research extremely fast, but low-power exascale computer systems.

SKA science building SA skills

2012-11-13 12:34

South Africa is building local capacity to tackle its share of the massive Square Kilometre Array project in the Northern Cape province.

SKA calls for skills strategies

2012-10-24 07:25

South Africa will have to find many different strategies to find technical skills as the country prepares to deliver the MeerKAT and SKA.


Understanding the SKA

2012-10-12 10:29

Watch this animation to understand the Square Kilometre Array telescope and SA's importance of hosting the largest science experiment in human history.

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SKA funding, hosting talks continue

2012-10-10 09:15

Intense negotiations on funding and hosting the massive Square Kilometre Array telescope are ongoing, the organisation has revealed.

SKA a boost for the Karoo - Zuma

2012-10-09 15:33

The Square Kilometre Array's location in the Northern Cape will be a boost for the Karoo region, President Jacob Zuma says.

Hard work ahead to build SKA - director

2012-10-09 07:24

SA's successful bid for the Square Kilometre Array doesn't mean that the work is done, and the implementation is the difficult part, the project director says.

Dark energy is real, researchers argue

2012-09-12 11:27

Dark energy, the mysterious cosmic force thought to be the fuel behind the accelerating expansion of the universe, is real, according to astronomers.

SKA breathes life into Carnarvon

2012-07-24 14:12

The town of Carnarvon has more churches than ATMs, but the SKA is breathing new life into the far-flung farming centre.

Funding critical to SA science - NRF

2012-07-11 08:20

Funding remains a stumbling block as South Africa races to rollout massive science projects like the Square Kilometre Array telescope.

Africa needs skills for SKA

2012-07-09 16:05

African countries need more scientists for research on the Square Kilometre Array telescope to succeed.

Massive telescope gets green light

2012-06-12 09:32

A plan to build the biggest land-based optical telescope in the world has cleared an important hurdle, the European Southern Observatory has announced.


MeerKAT telescope gets R150m German investment

2014-12-02 17:10

The South African MeerKAT radio telescope, which is part of the SKA project, has received a R150m investment from Germany's Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy.

SKA builders warn on fracking interference

2014-09-03 15:54

The builders of the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope in the Northern Cape hope to co-exist with shale gas prospectors, but if needs be, will invoke astronomy laws to protect their interests.

Germany dumps SKA

2014-06-06 22:23

Germany has announced it will withdraw from the Square Kilometre Array organisation (SKA) in June next year.

SA unveils MeerKAT technology, broadband

2014-03-27 13:13

Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom has officially launched the first telescope that will make up the MeerKAT instrument in the Northern Cape province.

First MeerKAT dish to be unveiled soon

2014-03-18 12:30

South Africa is pushing ahead with the country's most ambitious science project as the first MeerKAT instrument is unveiled.

UK makes funding donation for SKA

2014-03-11 14:15

The UK has announced what is expected to be one of the first in a series of funding initiatives for the Square Kilometre Array telescope.

SA matric results hide 'problems'

2014-01-09 10:02

Despite the increase in the pass rate for South African matrics, the results hide a disturbing revelation when the subject data is analysed.

Hanekom spells out SKA benefits

2013-10-28 14:56

The first phase of the SKA telescope in the Karoo could see an inflow of R18bn, says Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom.

SKA countries haggling over costs

2013-08-21 18:53

Lengthy talks are under way to establish how much each country will pay for the first phase of the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, MPs have heard.

SA astronomy alliance launched

2013-08-02 12:44

The National Research Foundation's (NRF) three astronomical facilities have formed the South African Astroinformatics Alliance.

KAT-7 observation scores publication

2013-05-16 12:01

The first scientific paper based on observations from the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7) has been accepted for publication in a scientific journal.

SKA looking for extra terrestrials

2013-03-19 15:07

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope will be looking for signs of life on other planets, project director Bernie Fanaroff said.

SKA calls for proposals

2013-03-18 14:30

The Square Kilometre Array organisation has called for design proposals on the giant science endeavour, as the project gets off the ground.

SA firm to build antennas for SKA

2013-02-08 11:27

A South African company has been awarded the contract to build 64 antennas for the new MeerKAT radio telescope, the Cape Argus reported.

Community warms to SKA science

2012-10-31 14:40

Conservative beliefs have not yet had an impact on the community's attitude toward the massive SKA science project, a senior researcher has said.

SKA door open to Chinese companies

2012-10-15 08:35

The door is open to Chinese companies that might bid for tenders in the construction process of the Square Kilometre Array, local officials have said.

SA unlikely to partner with Aus over SKA

2012-10-12 08:30

Despite South Africa and Australia having to share the massive Square Kilometre Array telescope, it is unlikely that there will be much co-operation in the construction phase.

Total political support for SKA - Zuma

2012-10-10 08:54

President Jacob Zuma says the government has thrown its full support behind the project to construct the Square Kilometre Array telescope in the Northern Cape.

SA eyes cash for SKA

2012-10-09 13:07

Negotiations with foreign partners to help fund the construction of the world's next generation radio telescope have started, officials say.

Australia switches on radio telescope

2012-10-05 10:32

Australia has switched on its biggest radio telescope, preparing the way for the mammoth Square Kilometre Array that will be shared with SA and New Zealand.

Pandor: SKA changes Africa character

2012-08-31 09:33

South Africa as the major location for the Square Kilometre Array telescope changes the character of Africa, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor has said.

SKA makes Karoo town starry-eyed

2012-07-22 16:00

The biggest part of the SKA telescope is being built 80km outside the town of Carnarvon, which is having a ripple effect on its economy.

Education 'key' to SKA rollout

2012-07-10 11:20

Education standards remain critical to the rollout of science programmes and South African schools are not generally delivering the skills needed for high level fields of study an expert has said.

Astronomers plan next SKA move

2012-07-09 10:35

Astronomers have gathered to map the way forward in the first collective meeting after South Africa was granted the majority share of the Square Kilometre Array.

SKA success may threaten fracking plans

2012-05-30 08:11

SA's hosting of the bulk of the world's biggest radio telescope looks set to clash with plans to use hydraulic fracturing to extract gas from its vast shale deposits.

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