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Make the most of your brain

Make the most of your brain

Make the most of your brain

By Caroline Williams The human mind is the most complex information processing system we know. It has all sorts of useful design features, but also...

Renewables Boost for SA Power Crisis

It would be nice to think of 2014 only as the year that South Africa finally felt the power of wind, in the words of...

Breakthrough drug renews hope for spinal cord injury victims

Injections of a new drug may partially relieve paralysing spinal cord injuries, based on indications from a study in rats, researchers have found. “We’re very...

Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet

On 12 November, history was made when ESA’s Rosetta mission soft-landed its Philae probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko...

Scientists develop sensor to identify disease-causing bacteria in minutes

Stellenbosch scientists achieve nanochip in a capsule breakthrough that identifies disease-causing bacteria such as Escherichia coli within 10 to 15 minutes...

Cancer wars: another breakthrough offers new hope

Scientists have identified a gene responsible for stopping the movement of cancer from the lungs to other parts of the body, indicating a new way...

Do we really need all those vitamin and mineral supplements?

Doubts have emerged over whether vitamin and mineral supplements actually work. PM looks at the latest evidence for and against the 20 most popular...

Discovery expands search for Earth-like planets

A newly discovered planet in a binary star system located 3 000 light-years from Earth is expanding astronomers’ notions of where Earth-like......

How it happened: Stowaway science

Turns out it’s the stable climb of an aircraft that gives stowaways a chance at survival....

Bigelow Aerospace’s inflatable space habitat

Bigelow Aerospace has unveiled a mock-up of the BA 330 inflatable space habitat. Learn more about expandable habitats and watch the BA 330 undergo testing...

How stunt planes fly

How stunt planes fly

Joshua Krisch's day with stunt pilot Jeff Boerboon revealed the limits of what stunt planes – and a person – can withstand. Go along for...

New tech lets you play DJ on a paper turntable

Kate Stone of Novalia has created a paper turntable by incorporating programmed printed electronics on paper, which when touched, makes cool, scratchy DJ sounds...

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