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New planet discovered in Earth’s back yard

Astronomers have found a new planet, the closest yet outside our solar system and just an astronomical stone's throw away at four light years.

SpaceX Dragon completes test flight with splashdown

The unmanned Dragon has splashed down near California, completing a pioneering mission for commercial firms seeking a major role in space travel.

SpaceX Dragon heading back to Earth

Space Exploration Technologies' Dragon spaceship has begun its journey back to Earth nearly a week after docking at the International Space Station.

Astronauts snare SpaceX Dragon capsule

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured the Dragon cargo ship, the first privately owned vehicle to reach the orbital outpost.

Space shuttle Discovery makes final flight to museum

The space shuttle <em>Discovery</em> has made its final voyage a piggyback jet ride to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Virginia.

Nasa rover scours Mars for life

A nuclear-powered rover is set to begin a nine-month journey to Mars this weekend to learn if the planet is or ever was suitable for life.

Where on earth did Nasa satellite land?

A six-tonne Nasa science satellite crashed to Earth on Saturday, leaving a mystery about where a tonne of space debris may have landed.

Nasa satellite breaks up in plunge to Earth

A six-tonne Nasa science satellite plunged through the atmosphere early on Saturday, breaking up and possibly scattering debris in Canada.

Nasa unveils new plan to buy rides for astronauts

Nasa plans to spend $1.6-billion over the next two years bolstering industry efforts to develop space taxis, officials said on Monday.

Nasa ponders Plan B for International Space Station

Nasa is making plans to leave the International Space Station unmanned for a few days in case the Russian rocket can't be fixed before mid-November.

Set the controls for the heart of Jupiter

A Nasa satellite was hoisted aboard an Atlas 5 rocket on Wednesday in preparation for launch on a mission to the heart of Jupiter

With space shuttle era over, Nasa prepares for Mars mission

Nasa announced details of plans on Friday to determine if Mars has or ever had the ingredients for life.

Astronauts pack up for the last train out of town

<em>Atlantis</em> astronauts finished packing more than two tonnes of old equipment and trash on Sunday for the last shuttle ride back to Earth.

Space shuttle starts trip home

Space shuttle Endeavour departed the International Space Station late on Sunday, clearing the way for a final cargo run to the outpost.

Shuttle Discovery soars into space one last time

<i>Discovery</i> blasted off for the last time on Thursday, carrying six astronauts and carting a load of supplies and a robot for the space station.

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Fake trafficking news targets migrants

Exaggerated reports on social media of human trafficking syndicates snatching people in broad daylight legitimate xenophobia while deflecting from the real problems in society

Signing a path to freedom for the deaf

If South African Sign Language is recognised as one of the country’s official languages, it will considerably ease many of the deaf community’s problems of access, education and equality.

Female cops sent for rape counselling

Brigadier Sifiso Cele denies the rape allegations, saying that they are part of a smear campaign and that criminal charges should have been opened if the accusations were true

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Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

Mental Health

During the pandemic there's been a dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and suicides, according to some of the surveys done

Expert financial advice still recommended – especially in uncertain times

A financial advisor is an expert who will help you to protect your wealth and make a realistic plan when unexpected events threaten your wellbeing

What is a virtual card, and how does it work?

A virtual card lets you pay online without ever having to take your card from your wallet or exposing your actual account information

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