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Ebola outbreak – the largest in recorded history

It has been almost eight months since the first reported case of Ebola virus and the disease continues to devastate parts of West Africa. According the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) latest report, this is the largest outbreak of Ebola since the virus was discovered over 38 years ago. According to the WHO, a total of […]

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South Africa’s Investment in Research and Development

Research and development (R&D) plays a significant role in SA society and economy. However, since 2006 the country has seen investment in this specific area in a steady decline. The, recently released, results of  the 2011/12 National Survey of Research and Experimental Development (R&D Survey) have revealed that this trend seems to have come to […]

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Storing the Sun’s Heat

A group of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in the US have a novel material that possesses the ability to absorb the suns heat and store it in its chemical form. In so doing, this material is capable of storing solar energy for use at a later stage. Solar energy is […]

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Under the microscope

  Ground breaking Discovery For HIV Research South Africa is currently ranked as one of the countries with the highest number of HIV infections in the world. According to data from the 2012 Household Survey released by the Human Sciences Research Council, there are approximately 6.4 million people currently living with HIV in SA. As […]

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Looking Back to the Future

  Looking Back… 2013 may have drawn to a close, but it certainly left its mark on the scientific community. Unfortunately, we are not any closer to the future that Marty Mcfly visited in the 1989 classic movie, Back to the Future II. No, there are no self-drying clothes and we are still many years […]

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South African Breakthrough in Laser Technology

  Scientists at SA’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently made a breakthrough in laser technology. The CSIR team who form part of the National Laser Centre of the council have successfully engineered – what they believe to be – the world’s first ‘digital laser’. This scientific innovation, which allows the shape of […]

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Exploring a New Dimension of Printing

In the past few months, three-dimensional (3D) printing and its endless possibilities has dominated news headlines. This relatively new form of production has not only piqued the interest of the art industry but also the medical and scientific communities, where it could prove to be a most valuable asset. The art of 3D printing has […]

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Safety First

One of the preliminary conclusions of the international Laboratory Safety Culture Survey was that researchers seem to feel a great deal safer in their laboratory environments than they actually are. The initial results from this joint research project, between BioRAFT, the University of California Center for Laboratory Safety and the Nature Publishing Group, was published […]

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Cryo-Save’s Totipotent New Stem Cell Lab

Cryo-Save, Europe’s leading stem cell bank, has recently opened the doors to its newest state-of-the-art stem cell storage laboratory in Gauteng. This R10m facility replaces the company’s interim laboratory in Cape Town as Cryo-Save’s centre of operations for stem cell storage in Africa. This new lab will continue extend the opportunity of neonatal stem cell […]

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