Latest articles on Science Voices 2015

Power answer in black holes?

Scientists are looking for ways to harness the energy in galaxies to solve energy problems on Earth.

All hail the humble banana

Research indicates that unripe bananas have the potential to become a staple food, being mostly starch at this stage.

Is working with 3D printers a dangerous occupation?

It is possible that growth in this apparently miraculous technology could hurt those working with it.

Cellphone ‘fingerprints’ can stop criminals

Old military technology may make life more difficult for cellphone-using criminals.

Cheetahs in captivity need a better diet

A lack of high-energy fat in the big cats' diets may cause depression.

Science Voices 2015: Editor’s note

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

Unravelling the skeletons in SA’s cupboard

Physical anthropologists are developing a database of the country's unique bones.

Creating a contact lens that suits the African eye

A local solution could help more people on the African continent see better.

Spice up and reduce inflammation

Could turmeric, a common household spice, hold the key to a cure for neurological disorders?

Standards give doctors the info they need

It is important that e-health systems are able to share patients' information.

Do we inherit or develop anxiety disorders?

Childhood trauma is firmly linked to phenomena such as panic attacks; the role of genetics is less clear.

What can we learn from buffalo?

It is vital to preserve genetic diversity and private game farms can play an important role in this.

Rotten tomatoes and feverish weeds – how plants battle disease

Scientists are keen to figure out how exactly plants are able to defend themselves and why some are better at it than others.

Hunting down cancer-contributing genes

We need more research to understand breast cancer among black women in South Africa.

Dung: a solution to load-shedding

The ultimate goal is to have biogas solutions that will supply a university with clean energy.

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Sekhukhune’s five-year battle for water back in court

The residents of five villages are calling for the district municipal manager to be arrested

Special Investigating Unit probes Covid-19 tenderpreneurs

The SIU is investigating 102 companies doing business with the provincial government in Gauteng alone

Vaccine trial results due in December

If successful, it will then have to be manufactured and distributed

Press Releases

WiMSA shines a light on the future of women in mining

Men in mining must begin to take it upon themselves to support the development of women in the industry

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure reveals second gender-based violence advocacy artwork

The men and boys of South Africa are important role players in this mission to ensure that women are respected, protected and treated equally

Empowering the voice of women in leadership to enable full participation in their roles in leadership and decision making

Sibanye-Stillwater has 13% female representation in its workforce and is actively working to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Surviving the tobacco ban

Nicotine is given as the ‘likely’ reason for lower Covid-19 infection rates but authorities still stress the health risk of smoking

Smokers hold thumbs for cigarette ban to be lifted

SATTA is worried about the impact of the ban on its own members activities and how the ban is helping black marketeers to make millions of rands illegally

Covid-19: Outlook on the economy, politics and labour

Old Mutual had experts unpack the effects of the pandemic and provide practical tips on how to deal with the financial impact of job losses and salary cuts

Opt-in to Popia

All business owners should take note: there is a lot of work ahead to ensure compliance with the POPI Act that has just come into effect

Capital Legacy talks life

The Covid-19 pandemic is revealing how few people actually sort their affairs to the benefit of their loved ones they leave behind when they pass on

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