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Can you get reinfected with Covid-19? SA has ‘4 000 potential reinfections’

Although the new strain 501Y.V2 of the virus has spread 50% more rapidly, current evidence shows that it is not more severe than the one experienced in the first wave

Extract from ‘The Journey’: Responses to the archive

This sequence of texts was written in response to various photographs of Nigeria made between 1920 and 1929 that form part of the Colonial Office photographic collection

Maaza Mengiste: ‘We are now catching up with the past’

As war drums beat again in Ethiopia, author Maaza Mengiste finds new language to memorialise the Second Italo-Ethiopian War

South Africa’s southern right whale population is falling, research finds

Researcher Els Vermeulen has a whale of a time conducting an annual aerial survey of the country’s southern right whales. But decreasing numbers reveal the depressing nature of this work

Testing sewage: The Covid canary in our wastewater

Local scientists are using wastewater-based epidemiology to trace the SARS-CoV-2 virus in South Africa’s sewage system, which could act as an early warning system for outbreaks of Covid-19, as well as other diseases

Investing in innovation will reduce unemployment and poverty

South African inventions that have changed the world are all underpinned by research, development and significant financial backing — to lose this would be tragic

Excess deaths increase but we are ‘still in the dark’

The data shows 17 000 more people have died than usual since May, but only 6 000 deaths have officially been attributed to Covid-19

Nattrass’s article should be retracted rather than debated

The relationship between science and ethics is inextricable and a study that does not consider the latter in its design cannot be supported

Perverse incentives for universities are wasting the skills and work of postdoctoral fellows

Decision-makers appear to be outsourcing core work to an insecure academic workforce who don’t necessarily receive recognition or permanent employment

Tawana Kupe: It takes a continent to raise the Africa we want

Collaborating with other universities will assist in dealing with diseases and other social issues that know no borders

What universities are doing in the fight against Covid-19

While teaching students during lockdown, institutions of higher learning are also using their expertise to make masks, develop vaccines and research labour abuses

Chair boosters fuel SA’s research engine

Is the government's research chairs initiative helping to meet SA's demand for highly skilled graduates?

HIV research on monkeys makes breakthrough

A single shot of antiretroviral drugs has protected lab monkeys from HIV for weeks, according to two US trials.

Beauty in ‘eh?’ of beholder

New research shows that attractive people are easy on the eye while looking at them, but you probably won't remember them once you look away.

Plans to snub a silent killer

North-West University gets a unique clinic.

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