Science and technology
The Solar Thermal Research Group at Stellenbosch University has completed a prototype system
to help make generating solar energy more efficient and cheaper. The Helio100 system uses
mirrors to focus the sun's energy on to one central point, turning heat into electricity.
A new telescope installed at North West University is expected to help find answers to some of
the age-old questions humans ask, such as where do we come from. It will also be used in
outreach efforts to inspire an interest among students and others in the sciences.
Following its creation in 1992, the .co.za domain zone has hit the one million mark, says the ZA Central Registry, which manages it and other domains. The first website to use the domain was bksinc.co.za, which looks almost unrecognisable compared to today's websites.
The prolific Perseid meteor shower can be viewed in South African skies tonight, presenting a
galactic display of light and spectacle for astronomy buffs and starry-eyed dreamers alike.
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