Ian Sample

Probe to sniff Martian methane mystery

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter will circle the planet and measure minute levels of atmospheric gases.

Microbe to be in two places at once

Physicists have drawn up plans to put a living organism in two places at once in a radical demonstration of quantum theory.

Scientists genetically modify human embryos in controversial world first

Scientists in China have genetically modified human embryos that has re-ignited the debate over the ethics and safety of genetic therapies.

DNA that sets your body clock

Scientists are finding that various parts of the human body wind down at different rates, writes Ian Sample.

Damascus: Chemical weapons blamed in massacre

An apparent gas attack in Damascus is thought to be the most significant use of chemical weapons since the gassing of Kurds 25 years ago.

Apes may have midlife crises too

There comes a time in some men's lives when the days seem darker and the only sensible response is to blow their life savings on a sports car.

Space commander Sunita Williams breaks records

The first time Sunita Williams climbed aboard the international space station, she had with her a bib from the Boston Athletic Association.

Placebos more than just faith

A new study has found that cues are picked up at a subconscious level and trigger a neurological response associated with past learning.

‘I had a nightmare … ‘

The search for the arcane, theoretical particle known as the Higgs boson has occupied thousands of researchers for more than two decades.

Oldest known Mayan charts found in Gautemala jungle

Ancient inscriptions on the walls of a looted house in the Guatemalan jungle are the oldest astronomical charts known from the Mayan civilisation.

Virus research triggers fear

Scientists are at odds over tests that some say could be used to make a biological weapon.

Croc fossil named after Kipling

<em>Jungle Book</em> author Rudyard Kipling has had his name bestowed upon the skull of the forerunner of the saltwater crocodile in England.


Democracy will flounder sans Stats SA

As the government bails out state-owned entities, it is leaving a hole in the budget of the agency tasked with telling us what South Africa looks like — one that is crucial to government decisions

The Facebook group taking on South Africa’s white right

Online battle over the ‘white genocide’ narrative on social media has dangerous real-world consequences

Trolley tender causes Acsa eruption

Stolen contract exposes rift in the senior ranks at the state airport’s management companies

Press Releases

Scatec Solar begins another Upington project

SPONSORED Scatec Solar and partners have once again grid connected in the ZF Mcgawu District, and started early commercial...

Over R400-m given to businesses since launch of three-minute overdraft

The 3-minute overdraft radically reduces the time it takes for businesses to have their working capital needs met

Tourism can push Africa onto a new path – minister

The continent is fast becoming a dynamic sought-after tourist destination

South Africa’s education system is broken and unequal, and must be fixed without further delay

The Amnesty International report found that the South African government continues to miss its own education upgrading targets

Business travel industry generates billions

Meetings Africa is ready to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity

Conferences connect people to ideas

The World Expo and Meetings Africa are all about stimulating innovation – and income