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Sarah Wild

Sarah Wild

Sarah Wild is a multiaward-winning science journalist. She studied physics, electronics and English literature at Rhodes University in an effort to make herself unemployable. It didn't work and she now writes about particle physics, cosmology and everything in between.In 2012, she published her first full-length non-fiction book Searching African Skies: The Square Kilometre Array and South Africa's Quest to Hear the Songs of the Stars, and in 2013 she was named the best science journalist in Africa by Siemens in their 2013 Pan-African Profiles Awards.
Why have a science forum?
Why have a science forum?
Most of South African research is unrecognised and unknown, particularly by the general public. Yes, there are the headline grabbers — the...
At the heart of Eskom’s vast network is a strategic hub that keeps things running
At the heart of Eskom’s vast network is a strategic hub that keeps things running
From the outside, Eskom’s research, testing and development (RT&D) centre bears the tell-tale characteristics of archaic apartheid architecture:...
MeerKAT's astounding hearing is already eavesdropping on the universe
MeerKAT's astounding hearing is already eavesdropping on the universe
A focal point of South Africa’s scientific ambition, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA),...
New app for small-scale fishing industry
New app for small-scale fishing industry
A free app – co-developed by academics, government, civil society and fishing communities – will be the lynchpin in the government’s efforts...
New telescope MeerLicht to observe transients
New telescope MeerLicht to observe transients
It can happen in the blink of an eye: millions of light years away a star collapses in on itself. From Earth, that cataclysmic event is only a...
Citizens called on to monitor dams and rivers
Citizens called on to monitor dams and rivers
With the ever-worsening water shortages, South Africans are being roped in to help monitor rivers and dams.
How dead pigs can help nail killers
How dead pigs can help nail killers
It is surprisingly difficult to find a place in Cape Town to leave a 60kg pig to rot. It cannot be close to water, in a residential area or...
Scientists caution against dangers of genetic modification
Scientists caution against dangers of genetic modification
After the United Kingdom gave scientists the green light to genetically modify human embryos, it is likely that other countries will follow suit,...
How 'planety' is Planet Nine?
How 'planety' is Planet Nine?
It is freezing in our solar system’s far reaches. Bodies of frozen methane, ammonia and water – and a few dwarf planets, such as demoted Pluto...
University libraries hard-hit by depreciating rand
University libraries hard-hit by depreciating rand
University libraries are being “crippled” as budgets struggle to keep pace with the plummeting rand.
Iceman's stomach bacteria casts doubt on migratory patterns
Iceman's stomach bacteria casts doubt on migratory patterns
It was a quick death: an arrow severed a major artery as it entered the Iceman’s chest. If it hadn’t been for his location in the Italian Alps,...
What to expect from the world of science in 2016
What to expect from the world of science in 2016
This year, white dishes will mushroom on the Northern Cape’s dusty plains as South Africa’s 64-dish MeerKAT starts to take shape. The MeerKAT is...