Cape-born scientist Dr S. George Philander has scooped a coveted award for an achievement in the earth sciences by winning the 2017 Vetslesen prize together with Mark A Cane from Columbia University. The two untangled the complex forces that drive the El Niño weather cycle.
The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is running a telescope naming competition for its new 1 metre telescope which is a recent addition to the collection of many national and international telescopes on our observing plateau near Sutherland in the Northern Cape.
Persistent drought conditions in South Africa and the southern African region continue to have a negative impact on food security. But data-science-driven solutions developed by the country’s young people could hold the key to how government address challenges like these.
Roads in Africa have often been challenging to travel on because of the different types of pavement failures. With the help of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) world-class bituminous binders laboratory, US-based science company,DuPont, is changing how roads are built in Africa with its DuPont™ Elvaloy® Reactive Elastomeric Terpolymers (RET) bitumen modifier technology. The tests conducted by the CSIR set the scene for the uptake of Elvaloy® RET and the advancement of bitumen specifications in Africa.
Young South Africans are in poll position to take advantage of new opportunities in the country’s science and technology space but will lose out if they don’t excel in Mathematics and Science.
Economic growth and job creation are among the top priorities for the Department of Science and Technology (DST) as it continues to support Government in achieving a better life for all South Africans.
The new year has begun in earnest at the DST, with staff looking forward to achieving the goals the Department has set for this year.
Organisers of this year’s National Science Festival, Scifest Africa, have confirmed that visitors will have the unique opportunity to be taken on an exhilarating tour by scientists from the South African National Space Agency (SANSA).