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The Seven SPIs of Plastic

2018-12-01T08:58:11+00:00

The Seven SPIs of Plastic A good place to start when it comes to knowing your plastics, is understanding that there are seven different kinds of plastic. Being able to differentiate between the seven plastic compounds is also key in being able to utilise them responsibly so that you know which kinds can be recycled and how. This is imperative given that plastic is used daily in most items including water bottles, take-away coffee cups, stationery, food containers and more. The plastic family comprises of the following: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or PET), High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Low-Density Polyethylene [...]

The Seven SPIs of Plastic 2018-12-01T08:58:11+00:00

The price of a popular pooch

2018-10-30T13:10:34+00:00

The price of a popular pooch If you’ve ever aspired to own one of the ‘Insta-worthy’ pooches or puppies that saturate social media feeds, then you should probably know that besides some of the most popular breeds’ characteristic high maintenance traits, they are also likely to set you back more than a pretty penny, or two. Instagram and Facebook alike have thousands of pages and profiles dedicated to dog breeds of all shapes, sizes, pedigrees and of course the inherent price tag based on the breed. While many people are happy to adopt dogs of mixed breeds and origins from [...]

The price of a popular pooch 2018-10-30T13:10:34+00:00

Vegan Vino

2018-10-30T12:27:08+00:00

Vegan Vino Vegetarianism as a diet and as a lifestyle has risen in popularity over the years as an alternative to meat and fish based diets. A vegetarian typically subsists on a diet of non-meat based proteins and vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. The vegetarian diet is not entirely without its animal by-products as most often also consume eggs and dairy-based products. Being vegetarian and vegetarianism first made its appearance in 1839 and fruitarian i.e. someone who lives on a diet sustained by fruit in 1893 (Merriam-Webster). There are also pescatarians, a term which was first acknowledged in 1993 and [...]

Vegan Vino 2018-10-30T12:27:08+00:00

Asgardia: More than just Marvel

2018-10-30T12:27:40+00:00

Asgardia: More than just Marvel What comes to mind when you hear the word Asgard or Asgardia? For most, it will undoubtedly be the central kingdom based in outer space that is portrayed in Marvel’s The Avengers series of movies. The kingdom of Asgard plays a prominent role as the home of origin for the God of Thunder: Thor, and his brother – the God of Mischief, Loki. The kingdom portrayed in the Marvel super-hero series is based on Norse religion and mythology. Asgard or Asgardia is one of the Nine Worlds of Norse mythologies and is home to the [...]

Asgardia: More than just Marvel 2018-10-30T12:27:40+00:00

Monkeying around with cloning

2018-06-25T14:32:38+00:00

Monkeying around with cloning When it comes to successful cloning, the first and therefore most infamous example to come to mind is Dolly the sheep, who made headlines in 1997. Dolly was born on the 5th of July at the Roslin Institute in Scotland. She was a genetic copy or clone, of a six-year old Finn Dorset ewe. Dolly’s existence was kept a secret for almost a year until February 1997 due to the restrictions put in place because of the patent application process behind her cloning. The cloning process that resulted in Dolly sparked a mass ethical debate across all sectors [...]

Monkeying around with cloning 2018-06-25T14:32:38+00:00

Got Milk?

2018-06-25T14:24:25+00:00

Got Milk? With an ever growing demand for dairy-free milk alternatives and substitutes, scientists have widened their net of sources for such a substance. These include the popular nut, legume and plant based alternatives such as soy and almond milk as well as rice, flax, oatmeal, peanut, pea, quinoa, cashew and coconut milk to name a few. As of 2017, almond milk has gained the title of “America’s favourite plant based milk” (Huffington Post, 2017). It is estimated to be a $738 million business, with it far superseding the previously popular soy milk alternative. Although vegan and vegetarian consumers make up a [...]

Got Milk? 2018-06-25T14:24:25+00:00

Superb South African Inventions

2018-06-25T14:16:46+00:00

Superb South African Inventions South Africa is known for many things such as its wildlife, diverse and scenic landscapes, its eleven official languages, and its diverse cuisines and cultures. However, it’s also home to the little-known inventors of some of the most innovative inventions that are utilised and recognised internationally. One of the most famous examples is, of course, the world’s first ever heart transplant which was performed by Dr. Christian Barnard in Cape Town in 1967, a revolutionary surgical procedure that transformed the cardio-thoracic landscape. He later went on to perform another 10 heart transplants, drastically improving the quality [...]

Superb South African Inventions 2018-06-25T14:16:46+00:00

Neurocinematics: The emerging science behind the scare-factor

2018-06-25T13:56:12+00:00

Neurocinematics: The emerging science behind the scare-factor With a rise in the popularity of the horror movie genre, and scores of scary movies making a comeback and flooding the screens – it’s time to take a look into the science behind the scare, and why some people love it and others hate it. For some people, the adrenaline rush experienced from watching a tension filled thriller or nail-biting horror is a highly sought after sensation. Whereas for others, the very idea of watching a horror movie and waiting for that scare factor to kick in is a nightmare in itself. [...]

Neurocinematics: The emerging science behind the scare-factor 2018-06-25T13:56:12+00:00

The Axolotls’ Amazing Regenerative Capabilities

2018-06-25T12:56:19+00:00

The Axolotls’ Amazing Regenerative Capabilities The axolotl (pronounced “ACK-suh-LAH-tuhl”) salamander is a carnivorous amphibian that is found exclusively in the lake complex of Xochimilco outside of Mexico City. At the moment it is classified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a critically endangered species with a decreasing population trend despite its popularity as a pet, particularly in Japan. The fact that the axolotl is a common pet and is also widely distributed in laboratories worldwide is still problematic with regard to assisting its rapidly decreasing population. This is due to the fact that the gene [...]

The Axolotls’ Amazing Regenerative Capabilities 2018-06-25T12:56:19+00:00

The suns going down on harmful sunscreens in Hawaii

2018-06-25T12:53:38+00:00

The suns going down on harmful sunscreens in Hawaii On the first of May 2018, Hawaii became the first state to officially pass a bill the prohibits the sale or distribution of sunscreens and sun protection products that scientists have determined contain chemicals that have been identified as damaging to the oceans’ coral ecosystems. This new legislation is aimed specifically at prohibiting the distribution of products that contain octinoxate (an organic compound that filters UVB rays) and oxybenzone (a soluble chemical compound that is used to filter UV/A rays) which have been associated with coral bleaching when it is washed [...]

The suns going down on harmful sunscreens in Hawaii 2018-06-25T12:53:38+00:00

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