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1705, 2019

1 Million Species Facing Extinction

May 17th, 2019|Categories: News|

1 Million Species Facing Extinction The world is currently facing the largest possible extinction across species to date. According to a new United Nations report on ecosystems and biodiversity, the rate at which these species are likely to become extinct is ‘unprecedented’ and is accelerating rapidly. The latest extinction statistics were recently released in a “landmark” new report compiled by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services [...]

1705, 2019

The Cash in Cannabis

May 17th, 2019|Categories: News|

The Cash in Cannabis Cannabis, once one of the most “cultivated, trafficked and widely abused illicit drug[s]” (WHO) in the world, is now no longer viewed as just that, but rather as a potentially lucrative and high-yielding agricultural industry on its own. The expected worldwide trajectory of legal marijuana and cannabis growth could be worth approximately $194 billion in seven years according to 2018’s BMO report. The projected industry [...]

1705, 2019

Militant Mammals

May 17th, 2019|Categories: News|

Militant MammalsThe use of animals in service based industries such as the military, the navy, police forces, airport security and many more is a relatively common practice. However the animals employed in the militia are a far cry from the furry compatriots we associate with the police force or airport security – both of which predominantly use dogs.  The military in particular has an interesting history of animal use and [...]

1104, 2019

Sharks and the ‘Big C’

April 11th, 2019|Categories: News|

Sharks and the ‘Big C’ Sharks and cancer are not two words that would generally ever be associated with one another, or thought to have any significant links. Recently however, scientists have done just that and have taken their exploration of the ‘big C’ (aka cancer to you and me) to new levels, or should we say new depths rather. The chosen shark for the study was the great [...]

1104, 2019

What do eggs have to do with Easter?

April 11th, 2019|Categories: News|

What do eggs have to do with Easter? Easter Sunday takes place on the 21st of April this year. Depending on the hemisphere, Easter either occurs towards the beginning of spring in the Northern hemisphere, or the beginning of autumn for those who reside in the Southern hemisphere. Easter, as most know it, is a Christian holiday which celebrates the ‘belief’ that Jesus Christ was resurrected on that day. [...]

1104, 2019

The Stages of Darkness (According to Eskom)

April 11th, 2019|Categories: News|

The Stages of Darkness (According to Eskom) ‘Load shedding’ has become a term that sends shivers down most South African’s spines as it inevitably entails hours of darkness, unproductivity – economic and other, unprecedented traffic and an endless domino effect of more far reaching and negative repercussions for us all.  Load shedding is a term that is continuously thrown around by the media – for good reason, however what [...]

1203, 2019

Celebrating and reflecting on 30 years of the World Wide Web

March 12th, 2019|Categories: News|

Celebrating and reflecting on 30 years of the World Wide Web March 2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist. The invention of the World Wide Web revolutionised the way in which we access, process and utilise the information available worldwide. The World Wide Web is deemed the ultimate global ‘information medium’ through which users are [...]

1203, 2019

How Shrove Tuesday became Pancake Day

March 12th, 2019|Categories: News|

How Shrove Tuesday became Pancake Day Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day, is a day that features prominently in the Christian calendar and Western churches. It directly precedes Ash Wednesday, which generally occurs between the 2nd of February and the 9th of March depending on the day that Easter falls on. The term ‘Shrove’ is derived from the word ‘shrive’ or ‘shriven’, which refers to [...]

1203, 2019

The deal with data

March 12th, 2019|Categories: News|

The deal with data South Africa, unlike a vast percentage of the world that has extensive WIFI capabilities, is a country that still relies heavily on prepaid data, especially for mobile App use and internet access. In 2017, it was estimated that South Africa had over 21 million internet users, most of which were mobile internet users. According to Arthur Goldstuck, the managing directors of researchers for World Wide [...]

1103, 2019

Copycat or creative license?

March 11th, 2019|Categories: News|

Copycat or creative license? In academia, and in life for that matter, we are constantly exposed to an overwhelming amount of information. This information is distributed via various channels and we often absorb it without even realising it. This constant exposure influences us in more ways than we know and we often subconsciously adopt things, whether its phrases we pick up from friends, or the latest celebrity slang or [...]

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