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This Month's Features
BioEngineering new bone
scientist with a passion for bone formation charts a personal voyage
culminating in ground-breaking research which can deliver hope for
sufferers of bone loss.
Calculate asteroid impact on SA
you have ever wondered what the impact would if a soccer field sized
asteroid hit Johannesburg or Nairobi? Now you can calculate the
Technology revolution hits HIV testing and
test samples and results would have taken weeks to months to be
transported to and from clinics via car, plane and even kayak in
remote parts of Mozambique.
New treatment for TB?
Brazilian and American scientists have demonstrated that a compound
known as P-Mapa is active against Mycobacterium tuberculosis in
Dassies aid climate change study
are exploiting an ages old behavioural pattern by rock dassies
to get insight into climate change.
SA's Cycads going extinct
surviving three mass extinction events in the earth’s history,
cycads, the oldest living seed plants are facing a growing threat of
Insight & Opinion
African success stories
Economists explore technology driven success such as M-Pesa, a mobile
based money transfer system bringing socio-economic change and highlighting a
uniquely African success story.
Conservation: the good; the bad
continued losses in biodiversity, new study presents first clear
evidence of the positive impact of conservation efforts around the
globe with SA's white rhino a case in point.
Can cash help keep HIV at bay?
Giving young women small, regular cash payments can reduce their
dependence on sexual relationships with older men, which also lowers
their HIV risk, according to a new study by the World Bank.
By applying current to the brain, scientists show that they can improve a
person's maths skills for up to six months.
Apparently your mom was right when she threatened to wash your mouth out
with soap if you talked dirty. Lying really does create a desire to clean
the "dirty" body part.
HIV generics under threat. Tighter global intellectual property rights and
trade rules could shut down "the pharmacy of the developing world".
Concern as two strains of the type of mosquito responsible for the
majority of malaria transmission in Africa evolve into new species according
From the web to your ear
‘Spoken Web’: A voice-internet tool for sharing research knowledge with the
unreached may bring the Web to Africa's growing mobile phone community.
More and more geyser timers are being installed, and many of them have no
or little beneficial effect. If applied intelligently, timers could play a
major role in minimising hot water energy cost.
Treating Angola's landmine hangover. In Angola, new demining technologies
are tested for unearthing difficult-to-detect plastic anti-tank mines and
clear the road network.
Flame retardant clay nanoparticles significantly improves the mechanical
and material properties of polymers in building materials.
Conservation & Wildlife
It may be called 'baboon management', but zoologist says that people
management is the most problematic part of the job.
The soils in large areas of the Southern Hemisphere, including major
portions of Australia, Africa and South America, have been drying up in the
Appearances can be deceiving - genetics solves a case of mistaken
identity for sable antelopes.