Science

Crows brainier than other birds
Crows brainier than other birds
Think of a crow. Your mind inevitably turns to its sharp, black beak pecking at your eyeballs when you die. The scavenger has dominated popular...
Breakthrough Starshot plans to sail to closest star
Breakthrough Starshot plans to sail to closest star
Humanity is doing an increasingly good job of zipping around our solar system to probe things. Data is flowing back. Myriad questions, unanswerable...
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...
Probe to sniff Martian methane mystery
Probe to sniff Martian methane mystery
The search for life on Mars has entered a new phase with the launch of a spacecraft built to sniff out waste gases released by alien organisms.
New research proves society favours tall and skinny people
New research proves society favours tall and skinny people
Life favours the tall and skinny. For anyone going through life with their eyes open, this isn’t the greatest of revelations. But until now it...
Sex-crazed dragonfly on 'suicide mission'
Sex-crazed dragonfly on 'suicide mission'
It’s not the journey that matters, it’s the destination. That’s all fine and well if you’re a human and can jump on a jet-propelled plane....
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...
Can illness be 'all in your head'?
Can illness be 'all in your head'?
There are certain kinds of illnesses that seem to cause great distress to doctors – and there are certain kinds of patients that medicine seems...
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,...
Genetic modification: Nothing wrong with correcting God’s mistakes
Genetic modification: Nothing wrong with correcting God’s mistakes
The announcement that scientists are to be allowed to edit the DNA of human embryos will no doubt provoke an avalanche of warnings from...
How the origins of the Khoisan disprove notions of 'race'
How the origins of the Khoisan disprove notions of 'race'
The ancient origins, anatomical, linguistic and genetic distinctiveness of southern African San and Khoikhoi people are matters of confusion and...
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...
Evidence suggests huge ninth planet exists past Pluto at solar system's edge
Evidence suggests huge ninth planet exists past Pluto at solar system's edge
As science often does, it began with a “huh?” Some distant objects far beyond Pluto were behaving very oddly. The orbits of a handful of space...
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...

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