A new SA discovery shows the paleo diet wasn’t all meat – thanks to 170,000-year-old braais

2020-01-07 14:09

While they are edible raw, the rhizomes found are fibrous and tough until cooked.

34 of the most dangerous things science has strongly linked to cancer

2019-12-31 11:20

Cancer is everywhere. Here are 34 of the most potent, carcinogenic things you can breathe in, swallow, or be around. Reader, beware.

New life on Mars? AI levels up and gravity waves: a decade of discoveries

2019-12-30 06:53

From finding the building blocks for life on Mars to breakthroughs in gene editing and the rise of artificial intelligence, here are six major scientific discoveries that shaped the 2010s - and what leading experts say could come next.

This dog in the US will be a puppy for life due to a rare condition

2019-11-26 17:00

Ranger, who will forever be a puppy due to a rare condition that prevents him from growing, has become a social media star.

A Komodo dragon hit the beach wearing a turtle as a hat, and there's video evidence

2019-11-25 19:05

It takes a lot to stand out — but this Komodo dragon seems to have achieved that by deciding to wear a turtle as a hat.

A pair of infant skeletons were found wearing other children's skulls as helmets in a 2,000-year-old grave site

2019-11-21 16:38

At a pair of burial mounds in Ecuador, archaeologists uncovered two infant skeletons that were buried wearing helmets made of older children's skulls.

These rats learnt how to drive tiny little cars so they could eat Froot Loops, and it's so precious

2019-10-23 10:58

If you think you can’t get your driver’s licence, these rats did.

Scientists are working to solve the mysteries of superbolts, the most energetic kind of lightning — here's what we know so far

2019-09-22 17:00

Superbolts unleash 1,000 times more energy than normal lightning. They appear in the winter, over the ocean.

Scientists have found fossilised baby sea turtle tracks for the first time ever off SA's Cape South Coast – and they're 100,000 years old

2019-09-07 09:14

The find was so new to science the researchers had to invent a new scientific term for the tracks, which they have coined “Marineropodidae” meaning “seafarer foot traces”.

Watch: Why mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others

If you've ever felt that mosquitoes specifically target you more than your friends, you could be right.

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We tried out controversial DIY genetic testing to identify health and fitness issues – here’s what we found

2020-01-05 12:28

The tests claim – controversially – the ability to spot a genetic predisposition to conditions such as lactose intolerance, cancer, and diabetes.

'Night mode' smartphone features that shift your screen to warmer colours might actually be worse for your sleep, new study finds

2019-12-30 15:53

Looking at warmer colours late at night might be worse for your sleep than blue light, according to a study from the University of Manchester.

Miss America winner Camille Schrier blew people away by performing a science experiment onstage as her talent

2019-12-20 10:03

The newly crowned Miss America 2020, Camille Schrier, is working to earn a doctor of pharmacy degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The most mind-boggling scientific discoveries of 2019 include the first image of a black hole, a giant squid sighting, and an exoplanet with water vapour

2019-11-25 19:58

This year, scientists rendered the first-ever image of a black hole, glimpsed a giant squid, and identified a possibly habitable exoplanet.

Can dogs sense pregnancy? Research doesn't have a definite answer

2019-11-24 14:59

Dogs can detect everything from bombs to cancer with their sensitive noses. But it's not clear whether dogs can sense when you're pregnant.

A 68-year-old US man became the first black patient to receive a full face transplant ever, and his quick recovery has been astonishing

2019-10-25 21:23

Robert Chelsea suffered burns over 60% of his body and face after his car was struck by a drunk driver in 2013. He received a face transplant in July.

WATCH | Meet 'le blob' Paris zoo's new star attraction

2019-10-17 17:49

The Paris zoo's latest attraction is a brainless, eyeless, single-celled organism with no limbs or stomach but more than 700 genders.

The Epstein-funded MIT lab has an ambitious project that purports to revolutionise agriculture. Insiders say it's mostly smoke and mirrors.

2019-09-08 15:27

MIT Media Lab staff faked key elements of its "personal food computer" project, insiders told Business Insider. In one instance, staff were told to place herbs grown elsewhere into the boxes.

China found a mysterious 'gel-like' substance on the moon's uncharted far side

2019-09-05 14:29

Researchers have suggested the strange substance could be "melt glass," formed from meteorites crashing into the lunar surface.

14 world-changing innovations by women that were originally credited to men

2019-08-31 08:12

Believe it or not, female scientists are responsible for early sketches of the computer and the DNA double helix — but they often weren't given credit for their work originally.

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