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Want to be a citizen Earth scientist? Join GLOBE Observer

Clouds are more than water and a muse. They play an important role in regulating the temperature of the planet. Now NASA's new GLOBE...

A ‘disruptive’ technology: Sandile Ngcobo’s world-first digital laser

Breakthrough experimental work by University of KwaZulu-Natal scientist Sandile Ngcobo as part of his PhD research has led to the development of a world-first digital laser set to open up revolutionary new technologies.

South African research funding fourth-highest in the world

The internet wouldn't exist if it weren't for smart people at universities, but it also wouldn't be what it is today if it weren’t for savvy investors. Researchers and business need a good relationship for society to benefit – and research funding in South Africa is among the highest in the world.

Women cavers on underground fossil hunt

An international team of six scientists – all women, and all recruited on social media – are set to explore a recently discovered cave deep under South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind to recover the fossil remains of an ancient human species that may shed new light on our origins.

Wandile Mabanga, the genius from the townships

His mother dropped out of school when he was born. He went to school in the townships. Today, 22-year-old Wandile Mabanga is writing his master’s dissertation in a field of quantum physics so specialised there are only two people on earth qualified enough to supervise him.

Footsteps into the past

The seven-million year evolution of Homo sapiens is investigated in an inspiring walking tour of Maropeng with scientist Brendon Billings. His job is “like putting together a puzzle”, giving his tour its name – Bone Detectives.
Stargazing in Joburg: it’s possible

South African plant scientist reaps top award

A South African has walked off with the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award, given by the African Union to top scientists on the continent. The high-level accolade recognises Prof Maryke Labuschagne's contribution to science in Africa.
SA academic gets top science award

Forensic kit to help ID rapists

A kit that can help identify male rapists has been developed by researchers under the leadership of Prof Sean Davidson at the forensic DNA laboratory at the University of the Western Cape.
Giant leap for science in Ethiopia

Top award for Rhodes scientist

Rhodes University Professor Tebello Nyokong is one of five recipients of the L’Oreal Unesco Awards for Women in Science, which demonstrate to the world that women are as worthy as men in the field of science.

Unesco fellowship for SA scientist

Dr Hanneline Smit of Stellenbosch University is one of 15 young women scientists from all around the world, and one of three from the African continent, to receive a L'Oréal-Unesco research fellowship.

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