Science

Hydrogen sulphide is world’s best superconductor

Hydrogen sulphide, the chemical compound that makes rotten eggs stink, now holds the record as the world’s best superconductor. Hydrogen sulphide is produced when bacteria consumes and...

Ferrofluid clock makes time almost come alive

Sometimes time seems to stand still. At other times, it seems to fly. Masters student Zelf Koelman has created a clock that, using ferrofluid, seems...

Geckos inspire NASA’s gripping systems

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have started developing gripping systems inspired by the microscopic hairs on the bottom of gecko feet. ...

Astronauts eat space-grown lettuce for the first time

Vegetables are one of the many luxuries from earth that space-explorers long for when they leave for the stars. But with the help of a...

PacMan-like net to clean up space debris

To deal with the problem of space debris cluttering up the heavens, the CleanSpace One project has conceived a Pac-Man-like net system. The CleanSpace One...

Toxic secret behind the firefly’s bioluminescence

It has been accepted that the orb of light radiating from the abdomen of a firefly, or lightning bug, is bioluminescent...

Free entry to the Cape Town Science Centre on 8 August

The day will include interactive exhibits, science shows, a robotics workshop, coding and a film workshop...

UWC’s school roadshow punts careers in science

National Science Week a critical initiative to encourage young minds to consider the subject as a potential career path...

Intel, Micron revolutionise memory chips

The explosion of connected devices and digital services is generating massive amounts of new data...

World Brain Day focuses on epilepsy

Epilepsy is the most common chronic serious disease of the brain, affecting 50 million people worldwide...

Immediate CPR boosts survival rate after heart attack

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a major public health issue...

Pre-natal foetus test anomalies could point to maternal cancer

Anomalies thrown up in pre-natal testing of foetuses – which is becoming increasingly popular to help identify fetal genetic abnormalities – could in fact a pointer to...

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