MAIL & GUARDIAN: Sci-tech

Nokia and Nasa to install 4G on the Moon

Installing a wireless network on the Moon is just one step toward establishing a long-term human presence there

Epic fail: Africa’s Fortnite battle

Forced onto the backfoot by poor ping and overseas servers, African gamers are getting creative in an attempt to play one of the biggest competitive games. In the second instalment of our gaming corner, we chat to some of the innovators

Why AI needs a physical body to reach its full potential

Robots will have to learn from scratch, like babies, if they are to have a sense of self and proper social interactions

No ‘I’ in team – but there is an ‘EA’

With internet lag keeping them from global competition, local gamers have settled on a format for EA’s FIFA 2020 allows 11 people to play as a team. And the prize money in local leagues is growing. Eyaaz Matwadia boots up for the first instalment of Gaming Corner

TikTok chief Kevin Mayer quits company

Mayer's resignation comes days after TikTok filed a lawsuit challenging a crackdown by the US government over claims the wildly popular social media app can be used to spy on Americans.

Beyond batteries: Beetle bots

A tiny robot is vaping methanol to power up its artificial muscles and punch above its weight

Universities rally to fight pandemic

These institutions are a crucial part of the research and development process that underpins South Africa’s life-and-death fight against the Covid-19 outbreak

Easter eggs from the most South African dinosaur

After years of data processing at the Wits laboratory, one evolutionary scientist has constructed a 3D model of a baby Massospondylus

France won’t bar but may restrict Huawei in 5G network

There has been intense debate in Europe about whether or not to exclude Huawei from supplying equipment for 5G mobile networks

Jurassic parkour in SA lava fields

After stumbling on mention of tracks in a dissertation from the 1960s, scientists are shedding new light on the dinosaurs that hotfooted it through SA’s prehistoric past

American teen ‘Bugha’ becomes solo Fortnite champ, winning $3-million

At just 16 years of age, Kyle Giersdorf became the video game's first champion, and a millionaire

YouTube needs ‘new set of rules and laws’ — executive

Rising public pressure on YouTube and other social media platforms has prodded them to try and limit the negative aspects

The struggle to regulate online giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon

Government regulators are scrambling to collar the online giants

Proud India launches historic bid to put spacecraft on Moon

A week after an initial launch was halted just before blast-off, Chandrayaan-2 took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre

US senator calls for investigation into FaceApp

FaceApp, which was launched by Russian publisher Wireless Lab in 2017, uses artificial intelligence to modify users' photos

‘One giant leap’: US marks Apollo mission 50 years on

President Trump has relaunched the race to re-conquer the Moon — this time with the first woman — and to journey onwards to Mars

India scrubs Moon mission launch one hour before liftoff

The Chandrayaan-2 — or Moon Chariot 2 — mission is part of India's ambitious space programme

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