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Disposable plastics; is this the last straw?

Consider this; it takes 200 years for a plastic straw to break down completely. This means that every time we purchase and consume a beverage (most of which don’t actually require a straw), we are inadvertently creating a demand for a plastic product that will most likely only be used once, for a very short [...]

By |October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hartebeespoort Hyacinth Crisis Continues

Eichhornia crassipes (E. crassipes), more commonly known as water hyacinth, is often considered to be the world’s worst aquatic weed. According to the Agricultural Research Council (ARC): it has gained its reputation as such due to its “invasive potential, negative impact on aquatic ecosystems, and the cost it necessitates to control it.” The water hyacinth [...]

By |October 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the Fabric of Time and Space.

On the 3rd of October, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the recipients of the Nobel Prize for physics. The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2017 was divided among three recipients: one half was awarded to Rainer Weiss, and the other half was split between Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne for "for [...]

By |October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

World Car-Free Day 2017: Taking Back The Streets

The 22nd of September has become a day largely internationally recognised as World Car-Free Day. The first ‘car-free-days’ were held in Reykjavik, in Iceland, Bath in the United Kingdom and La Rochelle in France. However, the first national car free campaign was initiated and inaugurated by Britain in 1997, followed by France in 1998. It [...]

By |September 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Major Hurricane Irma responsible for massive damage

Hurricane Irma, as the storm system is now known came into existence on the 30th of August 2017 off the coast of the Cape Verde Islands. Within 24 hours of hurricane Irma’s development, the storm was characterised as a Category 2 hurricane according to the Saffir-Simpson Scale. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale has a one [...]

By |September 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Winds of change: The renewable energy programme that may not be renewed

Although South Africa has been playing catch-up to the rest of the ‘first-world’ with regard to its renewable energy endeavours, it seems as if the country may have just caught up. With a renewable energy programme in place that focuses largely on harnessing and converting wind to electrical power being “lauded as one of the [...]

By |September 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

LinkedIn – The Millennial Matchmaker

LinkedIn, the online networking giant is looking to evolve yet again. The site has undergone several updates since being bought-out by Microsoft last year. The latest addition to the site’s services has been defined as LinkedIn ‘matchmaking’ and has also been likened to social media-based dating App; Tinder. This new feature will allow its members [...]

By |August 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Senamile Masango: A First in South African Science

In August of this year and serendipitously a month in which South Africa celebrates women – Senamile Masango has been dubbed the ‘First African Woman Nuclear Scientist’.  Masango, along with a team of fellow student researchers from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) are currently investigating isotope selenium-70 so as to ascertain how its [...]

By |August 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Grow Your Garments

The fashion industry’s influence extends far beyond the realm of its social and economic impact. With fast-fashion producers and retailers such as Zara and H&M on the rise, the mass-consumption of widely produced garments calls into question the environmental sustainability of the apparel industry, and reveals the darker side of retail. As population growth stretches [...]

By |August 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The International Conference on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

The Vaal University of Technology is hosting The International Conference on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (ICTERM) this week. The conference will cover areas such as recent advances, challenges and breakthroughs in the field of tissue engineering.  Simply put, Tissue Engineering is the creation of spare human parts. Scientifically, it is the science of design [...]

By |July 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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