Dinosaurs- How we know what we know

The Pint of Science festival brings interesting, fun, relevant talks on the latest science research to the public – all in the pub!

The first Pint of Science festival in Africa took place in May 2016 and we are excited to announce the second event will take place in May 2018

Our events will fall into the following topics: Beautiful Mind, Atoms to Galaxies, Our Body, Planet Earth, Tech Me Out, Our Society and Special Events.

NRF Scarce Skills Development Fund Call for 2012


Dear Designated Authorities dealing with NRF Scholarships and Fellowships

The NRF is pleased to announce the call for applications for master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships and fellowships for the Scarce Skills Development Fund for 2012.  No 2013 applications will be considered for this call.

Potential applicants that are currently registered for a master’s, doctoral or post-doctoral degree/study in the following specific fields of study are encouraged to apply:

·         Management: Financial Management

Bone regeneration

In the past few years, the Bone Research Laboratory, a Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, has made great strides to further understand the mechanisms of bone repair and regeneration.

Headaches for HIV-positive travellers

China recently became the latest country to lift travel restrictions on people living with HIV, following in the footsteps of the United States. "Every individual should have equal access to freedom of movement, regardless of HIV status," UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé commented on China's decision. According to UNAIDS, 51 countries, territories and areas still impose restrictions on the entry, stay and residence of HIV-positive people. IRIN/PlusNews has listed some of the countries with particularly harsh restrictions:

Purple Pokeberries could take us closer to affordable solar power

Pokeberries – the weeds that children smash to stain their cheeks purple- could be the key to spreading solar power across the globe, according to researchers at Wake Forest University's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. Nanotech Center scientists have used the red dye made from pokeberries to coat their efficient and inexpensive fiber-based solar cells. The dye acts as an absorber, helping the cell's tiny fibers trap more sunlight to convert into power.

From asteroid to hero - the makings of a scientist

A South African scholar who sighted a new asteroid has become something of a hero for young science boffins in the country. Ernie Halberg, a 12th grade student in South Africa, and member of The Astronomical Society of South Africa [ASSA] / Space School Africa, sighted a new asteroid known as 2010 DC2 for the first time earlier this year in February.

Spitting cobras track first, predict later

Most venomous snakes are legendary for their lethal bites, but not all. Some spit defensively. Bruce Young, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, explains that some cobras defend themselves by spraying debilitating venom into the eyes of an aggressor. Getting the chance to work with spitting cobras in South Africa, Young took the opportunity to record the venom spray tracks aimed at his eyes. Protected by a sheet of Perspex, Young caught the trails of venom and two things struck him: how accurately the snakes aimed and that each track was unique.


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