Science and technology
A researcher at Stellenbosch University has discovered lantibiotics in fynbos soil. They have the same function as strong antibiotics and work to kill disease-causing bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They could be an alternative to traditional treatments.
The Weather Station for Schools project aims to build students' skills in computer networking and databases through a global science experiment. In addition to building a weather station, the students will learn how to write application code that logs a range of weather data.
The hunted has become the hunter off the coast of Cape Town, where shark expert Chris Fallows has witnessed Cape fur seals catch and partially eat small blue sharks. The remarkable discovery has been published in the latest edition of the African Journal of Marine Science.
More than two decades ago, Safari-1 was the first nuclear research reactor in the world to turn its back on weapons grade fuel. Leading the Atoms for Peace charge, South Africa is the only country to give up nuclear weapons in favour of science. Safari-1 turned 50 this month.
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- National Research Foundation
- National Advisory Council on Innovation
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- SA Vanguard of Technology
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- Public Understanding of Biotechnology
- Science in Africa Magazine