Science Voices 2015

 
Scientists unearth how to manage the Karoo
Scientists unearth how to manage the Karoo
Beneath the dry plains of the Eastern Cape's Karoo, various layers of rock lie on top of each other in hues from olive-green to black to red, like...
Dung: a solution to load-shedding
Dung: a solution to load-shedding
Cow dung could help us power South Africa. Many countries, such as Germany and the United States, have begun generating electricity from cow dung...
Algae ponds can clean our dirty water
Algae ponds can clean our dirty water
A beautiful glistening pond catches the warm Eastern Cape sun, surrounded by green hills and a dairy farm in the distance. Water runs from this...
Magic and mysteries in the kidneys
Magic and mysteries in the kidneys
With great magic tricks, we can pay special attention to every part of a magician's performance and try to recreate it at home, but fail. In the...
Is working with 3D printers a dangerous occupation?
Is working with 3D printers a dangerous occupation?
When Ozzie the goose had his leg amputated after it broke, it seemed very unlikely that he would ever walk again. But Ozzie's rescuer, Sue Burger,...
Showering and focusing on hygiene can save your baby’s life
Showering and focusing on hygiene can save your baby’s life
Pregnant moms from poor areas, who shower, rather than bath or wash by hand, have a lower chance of going into labour early, new research indicates. It seems to be because showerers reduce their chances of fecal bacteria entering their vaginas during ablutions, which reduces their...
Spice up and reduce inflammation
Spice up and reduce inflammation
Thousands of years ago, before the time of antibiotics and antiseptics, Indian men and women discovered that the roots of a white-flowered plant...
Standards give doctors the info they need
Standards give doctors the info they need
Mandla*, a 22-year-old undergraduate student, was travelling home from Pretoria to rural KwaZulu-Natal for Christmas, when his taxi collided with...
Cellphone 'fingerprints' can stop criminals
Cellphone 'fingerprints' can stop criminals
While cellphones have made our world smaller, they have expanded the criminal underworld. There are roughly 60 million cellphones being used in...
Do we inherit or develop anxiety disorders?
Do we inherit or develop anxiety disorders?
Sweaty palms grip a slightly moistened leather wallet, clenching tighter and tighter with every step towards the counter. Noises bombard your ear...
What can we learn from buffalo?
What can we learn from buffalo?
In 2013, R40-million was paid for an African buffalo stud bull at a Vleissentraal Bosveld auction. This shattered the previous record of R26-million for a buffalo bull set in 2012....
Rotten tomatoes and feverish weeds – how plants battle disease
Rotten tomatoes and feverish weeds – how plants battle disease
Every plant has an immune system, and if you look at the black mould that grows on your onions, or the disgusting slime that coats those marrows...

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