Mining Safety Robots

The interest in mining automation and robotics in South Africa has been up and down over the past few years, but according to Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group leader, Peter Bosscha, the interest is now “ramping up again”. The return of the active interest in mining [...]

By | 2018-02-28T13:39:21+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Love is often defined as an emotive sensory experience and feeling. It is one that is frequently sensationalised by the media, television, movies and even science. It is an emotion that takes many shapes and forms. Love can be romantic, companionate, maternal and paternal. It can be ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’, logical and sensible, or entirely [...]

By | 2018-02-20T13:46:32+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Elon Musk: Electrical Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

Elon Musk is a South African-born Canadian American businessman, investor, and entrepreneur. He is better known as the Tesla tycoon, as well as the founder, CEO and product architect of SpaceX.  Musk is also the co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc. a company that was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers [...]

By | 2018-02-15T12:24:06+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Racing Against Day Zero

With taps predicted to run dry on 11 May 2018 due to the water shortages caused by Cape Town’s drought, Day Zero is fast approaching. With uncertain rainfall predictions for winter and the risk of over capacitating the system (at a significant cost to the ratepayer), the City of Cape Town had to start investigating [...]

By | 2018-02-28T13:39:14+00:00 January 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Hysteria around Listeria Bacteria

In January 2018, it was estimated that South Africa had approximately 750 confirmed cases of Listeria, which according to the World Health Organisation is “believed to be the largest ever outbreak of the bacterial disease Listeriosis”. By comparison, the second largest known outbreak of the disease occurred in the United States in 2011, with a [...]

By | 2018-02-20T13:39:46+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Artificial Intelligence – an existential threat to South Africa

While technological advances like Artificial Intelligence (AI) are likely to give rise to a number of opportunities for both economic and social development, they come with some risks - even more so for developing countries such as South Africa. AI involves the theory and development of computer systems that are able to perform tasks that [...]

By | 2018-02-28T13:39:11+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Big Bang Of Bitcoin

Bitcoin, defined as the ‘internet of money’ is a cryptocurrency and worldwide payment system created by Satoshi Nakamoto. Unlike other established institutionalised currencies, Bitcoin is the first of its kind as a decentralised digital currency. It is a decentralised currency in that the Bitcoin system functions without a single administrator or a central bank. The [...]

By | 2017-12-14T09:24:05+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Shot In The Shark

  Shark attacks and the publicised subsequent statistics are often sensationalised by the media thanks to the likes of cinematographic and literary productions such as Jaws, Deep Blue Sea and Into the Blue. However in reality, shark attacks occur relatively infrequently considering the human populations’ inadvertent everyday proximity to sharks. As the development and popularity [...]

By | 2017-12-14T09:15:12+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

‘Globesity’ – A Big Global Epidemic

Globesity, a term coined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), refers to the escalating worldwide obesity epidemic. The classifications of being overweight or obese can be defined as “abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health” (WHO 2017).  Being overweight versus being obese is largely determined by a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) which [...]

By | 2017-12-14T09:12:13+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Real Scoop On Poop

The first thought when recycling comes to mind generally involves the re-appropriation and reuse of conventional materials such as plastic and paper based products. The necessity and desire to recycle these materials is founded on the excessive general daily demand, consumption and production of all these products. However, the city of Durban, South Africa, is [...]

By | 2017-11-28T08:28:06+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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