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3010, 2018

The price of a popular pooch

October 30th, 2018|Categories: Faculty of Applied & Computer Sciences|

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 [...]

2010, 2018

Vegan Vino

October 20th, 2018|Categories: Faculty of Applied & Computer Sciences|

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 [...]

1010, 2018

Asgardia: More than just Marvel

October 10th, 2018|Categories: Faculty of Applied & Computer Sciences, Faculty of Engineering & Technology|

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 [...]

2509, 2018

FMT, what’s the big stink about?

September 25th, 2018|Categories: News|

FMT, what’s the big stink about? Faecal Microbial Transplantations, a term which will have many scratching their heads thinking that this cannot possibly mean what it sounds like, let alone be a legitimate transplantation procedure – or even more surprising, is that it is a very successful one. Faecal Microbial Transplantations (FMT) or bacteriotherapy as it is sometimes known; is the process of transferring “stool from a healthy donor [...]

1809, 2018

It’s called adulteration, honey

September 18th, 2018|Categories: News|

It’s called adulteration, honey Adulterated honey, also known as fake honey is ‘honey’ which has been diluted with, or sometimes even created by using the following components: glucose, dextrose, molasses, sugar syrup, invert sugar, flour, corn syrup and starch, essentially anything other than the natural floral nectar that it is supposed to be comprised of. Adulterated honey is a substance that has more of an artificial influence then a [...]

1009, 2018

Manic cow: how biltong affects the brain

September 10th, 2018|Categories: News|

Manic cow: how biltong affects the brain Biltong is a firm South African family favourite consisting of dried, cured meat. It is preserved using sodium nitrite or potassium nitrate – also known as saltpetre as well as other flavourants such as pepper, coriander and spices such as cloves. Biltong’s origins can be traced back to the Khoisan people, as well as the European settlers of the 17th century. Each [...]

3008, 2018

The problematic poaching of Pangolins

August 30th, 2018|Categories: News|

The problematic poaching of Pangolins The practice of poaching is abhorrently prevalent across the world and across animal species and has been successful in endangering, if not obliterating entire species. South Africa’s national reserves have become home to poachers on the hunt for popular and pricey illegal exports: namely rhino horns, elephant tusks, big cat body parts and bones as well as pangolin scales. Although South Africa’s poaching is [...]

1708, 2018

‘Snow White’ syndrome: far from a fairy-tale

August 17th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

‘Snow White’ syndrome: far from a fairy-tale Resignation syndrome is an interesting and unique, relatively little-known dissociative syndrome that eventually “induces a catatonic state” in the sufferer. The syndrome is prevalent amongst young people; particularly those who have suffered a psychological trauma- the patients affected by the disorder predominantly live in Sweden and come from refugee or immigrant–based families, often those who have been faced with deportation or family [...]

308, 2018

What’s up with wasabi?

August 3rd, 2018|Categories: News|

What’s up with wasabi? Wasabi, also known officially as wasabia japonica, Japanese horseradish, or more traditionally ワサビ, is a plant that shares common traits with horseradish, cabbage and mustard, as they come from the same plant family, namely the Brassicaceae family. Wasabi has its origin in Japan and usually grows alongside rocky, water-rich areas such as mountain river valleys as well as streams. Wasabi has long been a part of [...]

2307, 2018

Maddening Misophonia

July 23rd, 2018|Categories: News|

Maddening Misophonia Crunching, slurping, chewing, coughing, chomping, gulping and even breathing loudly are just some of a plethora of onomatopoeia that can trigger a feeling of anger and intense annoyance at the source of the maddening sound. These sounds can be enough to make your blood boil, but you can take comfort in the fact that you are far from alone in these sentiments. However, what it does mean [...]

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