Latest articles on Sarah Wild

​All actions to counter climate change matter

Sipho Kings and Sarah Wild consider the question we all ask: Do our efforts count, or is this just about what big corporations do?

Only dishonest mental gymnastics can hold up the hypothesis of race ‘science’

Although it is totally discredited, its pervasive influence still colours perceptions because of its long association with empirical validity

New telescope MeerLicht to observe transients

The MeerLicht telescope will scour the skies to study transient celestial events. But its link to the MeerKAT radio telescope is what sets it apart.

Scientists caution against dangers of genetic modification

Editing embryos may end up saving lives, but what does it mean for the human gene pool?

Iceman’s stomach bacteria casts doubt on migratory patterns

Researchers who sequenced the genome of gut bacteria in the world's oldest natural mummy have cast doubt on theories about migration out of Africa.

SA scientists reconstruct ancient ecosystems

Using Africa’s national parks, scientists have garnered essential information which will help refine their understanding of Earth's climate.

Outlaws in space: Are Mars colonies illegal?

The only known planet inhabited exclusively by robots, Mars may become the only other planet in our solar system colonised by humans.

Malnutrition rises despite social grants

South Africa's children are bearing the brunt of increasing food prices – and the effects may be permanent.

Researchers plug carbon sink gaps

The Southern Ocean could yield important clues about the effects of climate change.

Jazz and cocktails send SA scientists into Orbit

Presenting science in a more relaxed and informal environment than the usual academic setting.

Science Voices 2015: Editor’s note

Get in on the science debate, says Mail & Guardian's science editor Sarah Wild.

Copyright issues dog academics

Not only are they at the mercy of publishing houses, their rights are also limited by South African law.

Pluto! Long time no see

Pluto is back to being everyone's favourite planet that's not a planet.

Tweeting Tumelo Komape puts himself in your shoes

Empathy from the council? The City of Johannesburg's social media man gives service delivery gripes a human touch.

What’s it like to surf at 10 gigabits a second?

Ever wondered what it's like to use the internet at speeds of up to 10 gigabits a second? You may have to go back to university to find out.

vital information

The Mail & Guardian’s essential coverage of the ongoing coronavirus crisis is free to read for everyone.

If you would like to support us, please consider taking out a subscription.


SA justice delays extradition of paedophile to UK

Efforts to bring Lee Nigel Tucker to justice have spanned 16 years and his alleged victims have waited for 30 years

Johannesburg cannot police its future

South Africa’s biggest city is ground zero for debates about the long-term effectiveness and constitutionality of militarised urban policing and how we imagine the post-Covid city

Ithala backs its embattled chairperson

Roshan Morar is being investigated in connection with KwaZulu-Natal education department backpack sanitiser tender worth R4-million and a batch of face masks that vanished

Press Releases

Itec serves up high-tech integrated surveillance system for family food company

The system includes facial recognition software and a thermal screening solution that will provide instant temperature screening of all employees

Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

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'

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday