Ralph Mathekga: We cannot afford for our scientists to be used as a political football

2020-05-26 10:39

If we are going to learn to live with the coronavirus, it is important that government desist from castigating scientists and appreciate the contribution they are making in helping us understand the challenges we are confronted with, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Local science whizz-kid to represent SA

2016-10-19 11:20

A young Pietermaritzburg science boffin will soon be jetting off to Indonesia to represent the country against 300 international competitors in the International Junior Science Olympiad.

Researchers’ tweets move science forward

2013-09-11 08:51

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

Scientists plan controversial lab-made bird flu

2013-08-08 09:13

Scientists plan to create easier-to-spread bird flu in lab, government promises extra scrutiny.

Genome of global deep ocean sequenced

2013-06-13 08:19

Researchers have started to sequence the genome of the global deep ocean.

Scientists create breast cancer survival predictor

2013-04-18 09:24

New model shows which gene signatures are strong signs for survival.

Scientists pinpoint gene coding errors for cancer

2013-03-28 12:20

The biggest-ever trawl of the human genome for cancer-causing DNA errors has netted more than 80 tiny mutations, a finding that could help people at high risk, researchers said Wednesday.


A meteorite spotted before entering the atmosphere has been recovered from a remote area of Botswana - the second time in history this has happened

2018-07-12 17:46

To retrieve the pea-sized fragment, the team was chaperoned by park rangers in the territory of lions and elephants, snakes and scorpions.

Cocaine found in the U.K.'s tap water

2014-05-14 10:08

Brits snort so much cocaine that scientists have found traces of it in the U.K.'s drinking water.

Scientist operates colleague's brain remotely

2013-08-28 08:21

In what they claim is the first human-to-human mind meld, researchers have sent a brain signal via the internet to control a man's hand.

Brain scans 'read' emotions

2013-06-20 08:22

Aided by a computer, researchers say they can identify how people are feeling.

Scientists say humans are causing global climate change

2013-05-17 08:19

A study shows that more than 97% of scientists believe humans are the main drivers of climate change.

Cancer scientists awarded R45.7 million prize

2013-04-17 10:27

US cancer researchers awarded R45.7 million in 1 of richest prizes in medicine.

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