Thailand has 'ninja robots' monitoring Covid-19 patients — take a look

2020-03-24 12:01

Hospitals in Thailand have modified robots that can monitor patients and take some of the burden off of health professionals.

These robots are fighting the coronavirus in China by disinfecting hospitals and making meals

2020-03-08 12:29

Robots are being used to spray disinfectant all over the city, but they've also been used to cook rice in hospitals and dispense hand sanitizer.

Early Earth may have been a ‘waterworld’, according to scientists

2020-03-06 09:42

New research shows that more than 3 billion years ago, early Earth may have been a real-life “waterworld”, without a continent in sight.

Legendary mathematician and physicist Freeman Dyson has died at the age of 96

2020-02-28 20:54

Dyson worked on a diverse range of physics and mathematical problems. One of his ideas, the Dyson Sphere, was even featured in a "Star Trek" episode.

A baby boy is the first person born using 'in vitro maturation'

2020-02-21 14:14

The French woman's success with IVM (in vitro maturation) could lead to more ways for cancer patients to preserve their fertility, a new study says.

Smartphone addiction may shrink key areas of your brain in a similar way to drugs

2020-02-20 14:37

The new study suggests smartphone addiction doesn't just play out in people's behaviors, it's also reflected in their brains.

Swarms of locusts forced Somalia to declare a national emergency.

2020-02-09 08:59

Africa's worst locust plague in decades is threatening the continent, and there's no telling just how far the ravenous creatures will travel.

Kenya is being menaced by swarms of billions of locusts, and only has 5 small planes spraying pesticide to fight back

2020-02-04 05:42

A single swarm can have as a many as 150 million locust, regional authorities told the AP.

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.


OPINION: Press Council’s appeal decision a victory for accurate science reporting and for countering quackery around Covid-19

2020-03-24 11:59

It strengthens the hand of the media to counter often dangerous quackery, as the many sudden "cures" and "solutions" by quacks and charlatans to prevent Covid-19 or to heal those who are ill, testify, writes George Claassen.

FEEL GOOD | Young scientist bags international award for 'mind-controlled' prosthetic hand

2020-03-08 07:00

18-year-old Farida Cajee has invented a 'mind-controlled 3D-printed prosthetic hand' made from recycled materials, which aims to be a cheaper prosthetic alternative.

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

2020-03-04 15:27

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.

Rare 'auto-brewery syndrome' causes woman's bladder to produce alcohol

2020-02-25 11:44

In the first known case of this type of auto-brewery syndrome, doctors found a diabetic patient's bladder produced alcohol in her urine.

Scented house-cleaning products may raise the risk of asthma in toddlers

2020-02-20 15:39

New research from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development study shows exposure to cleaning products can raise asthma risk.

Scientists discover repeated 'mysterious signals' in outer space and they don't know where they're coming from

2020-02-12 19:26

Although astrophysicists do not know the source of the radio signals, it's almost definitely not aliens.

Passengers on the cruise ship quarantined off Japan over coronavirus are 'stir crazy' in cramped rooms, and say they're being fed stale bread

2020-02-06 10:07

"We're basically being treated like we're prisoners and criminals at the moment; that's how we feel," one told The Washington Post.

23 fascinating things you never knew about penguins

2020-01-25 19:06

From blue penguins, the world's smallest species, to gentoo penguins, the world's fastest, these avians are as interesting as they are adorable.

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.

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