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Drug tricks cancer cells by impersonating a virus Drug tricks cancer cells by impersonating a virusDate: 16/10/2020

The drug, called BO-112, is in human trials and mimics the structure of a double-stranded RNA molecule, a type of genetic mate ...

Starlink already threatens optical astronomy. Now, radio astronomers are worried Starlink already threatens optical astronomy. Now, radio astronomers are worriedDate: 13/10/2020

The 197 radio astronomy dishes of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in South Africa will sit within a radio-quiet zone the size ...

'The tip of the iceberg': England bans plastic straws, cotton buds, and stirrersDate: 01/10/2020

Starting October 1, it’s now illegal for businesses to supply customers with plastic straws and stirrers, or to sell plastic-s ...

Neanderthal genes linked to severe COVID-19; Mosquitoes cannot transmit the coronavirus Neanderthal genes linked to severe COVID-19; Mosquitoes cannot transmit the coronavirusDate: 01/10/2020

A group of genes passed down from extinct human cousins is linked with a higher risk for severe COVID-19, researchers say. Whe ...

How Neanderthals lost their Y chromosome How Neanderthals lost their Y chromosomeDate: 25/09/2020

Neanderthals have long been seen as uber-masculine hunks, at least compared with their lightweight human cousins, with whom th ...

Northern Hemisphere just had its hottest summer on record Northern Hemisphere just had its hottest summer on recordDate: 16/09/2020

Not only was August 2020 the 2nd-warmest August on record, but the Northern Hemisphere had its warmest summer on record, and t ...

Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below Water Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below WaterDate: 15/09/2020

New studies show fractures on surface ice and warm seawater melting the ice from underneath. That’s a harbinger of a coming co ...

The launch and landing of China’s reusable spacecraft The launch and landing of China’s reusable spacecraftDate: 14/09/2020

Although few details are known, and no images have been released, the Chinese did apparently launch a reusable spacecraft on S ...

The Moon is mysteriously rusting The Moon is mysteriously rustingDate: 03/09/2020

Ahead of a slew of new missions to Earth’s natural satellite, researchers have detected a bizarre and unexpected anomaly on th ...

Night sky ‘no longer the norm’ Night sky ‘no longer the norm’Date: 27/08/2020

Musk launched his Starlink project last year with a lofty goal: to bring high-speed internet access to the remotest corners of ...

COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource PortalDate: 18/08/2020

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. ‘Severe A ...

Whence Came Stonehenge’s Stones? Now We Know Whence Came Stonehenge’s Stones? Now We KnowDate: 31/07/2020

Last year archaeologists pinpointed the origin of many of the ancient monument’s massive stones. A new study identifies the so ...

Human-linked Earth vibrations dropped 50% during Covid-19 lockdown Human-linked Earth vibrations dropped 50% during Covid-19 lockdownDate: 27/07/2020

Between March and May 2020, many people across Earth went into lockdown. During those months, seismographs recorded a drop in ...

After British report says polar bears could be completely wiped out by 2100, Russian expert warns it could take ONLY 20 years After British report says polar bears could be completely wiped out by 2100, Russian expert warns it could take ONLY 20 yearsDate: 22/07/2020

A shocking new study has found that polar bears could be made extinct by the end of the century unless decisive steps are take ...

Are the Earth’s magnetic poles about to swap places? Are the Earth’s magnetic poles about to swap places?Date: 22/07/2020

Earth’s previous polar reversal happened 780,000 years ago. Are we facing another one soon? Hear from the authors of a new stu ...

The African continent is very slowly peeling apart. The African continent is very slowly peeling apart.Date: 22/07/2020

In one of the hottest places on Earth, along an arid stretch of East Africa’s Afar region, it’s possible to stand on the exact ...

‘Astonishing discovery’ of massive prehistoric circle near Stonehenge ‘Astonishing discovery’ of massive prehistoric circle near StonehengeDate: 06/07/2020

An ancient circle of deep trenches has been found near Stonehenge. Scientists say the newly discovery site offers insights int ...

Watch - ESA shares incredible, never-before-seen view of icy Martian canyon Watch - ESA shares incredible, never-before-seen view of icy Martian canyonDate: 03/07/2020

The ESA has shared an incredible piece of footage, painstakingly reconstructed, showcasing Mars’ mighty Korolev crater, a like ...

What does 5G mean for SA? What does 5G mean for SA?Date: 01/07/2020

5G has certainly been a hot topic during the Covid Pandemic. Network Configurations (Netconfig) Technical Director, Wayne Erra ...

NWU engineers obtain an international award for ‘TjopTjop’ screening app NWU engineers obtain an international award for ‘TjopTjop’ screening appDate: 01/07/2020

North-West University’s engineers were recently awarded an international award for tackling Coronavirus (Covid-19), during the ...

Hidden pattern discovered in repeating radio signal from space Hidden pattern discovered in repeating radio signal from spaceDate: 10/06/2020

New clues have been uncovered in the mystery of fast radio bursts (FRBs) from space. One of these strange signals has been rep ...

New study says dinosaur-dooming asteroid struck Earth at ‘deadliest possible’ angle New study says dinosaur-dooming asteroid struck Earth at ‘deadliest possible’ angleDate: 05/06/2020

“For the dinosaurs, the worst-case scenario is exactly what happened … because it put more hazardous debris into the upper atm ...

Why these astronomers now doubt there’s a Planet Nine Why these astronomers now doubt there’s a Planet NineDate: 29/05/2020

In the search for the hypothetical 9th planet in our solar system, these scientists may have uncovered another explanation for ...

Unexplained anomaly weakening Earth’s magnetic field is EVOLVING and SPLITTING in two, warn scientists Unexplained anomaly weakening Earth’s magnetic field is EVOLVING and SPLITTING in two, warn scientistsDate: 26/05/2020

The ESA has deployed its constellation of satellites to investigate unusual weaknesses in Earth’s magnetic field. It appears t ...

How Venus flytraps evolved their taste for meat How Venus flytraps evolved their taste for meatDate: 15/05/2020

How does a plant develop a taste for flesh? In the play Little Shop of Horrors, all it takes is a drop of human blood. But in ...

These are the Decade’s Biggest Discoveries in Human Evolution These are the Decade’s Biggest Discoveries in Human EvolutionDate: 30/04/2020

Human evolution is one of the most vibrant areas of scientific investigation. In the past decade we’ve seen many discoveries t ...

Level 4 Lockdown - What is not allowed? Level 4 Lockdown - What is not allowed?Date: 30/04/2020

Level 4 lockdown rules ..

Achilles’ heel of ALL viruses? Scientists discover holy grail which could lead to UNIVERSAL vaccine Achilles’ heel of ALL viruses? Scientists discover holy grail which could lead to UNIVERSAL vaccineDate: 12/02/2020

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the US have uncovered the ‘Achilles’ heel’ of most viruses which pl ...

Empty half the Earth of its humans. It Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planetDate: 31/10/2019

There are now twice as many people as 50 years ago. But, as EO Wilson has argued, they can all survive – in cities ...

Scientists Think They Scientists Think They've Found 'Mitochondrial Eve's' First HomelandDate: 30/10/2019

Today it's a desert. Two hundred thousand years ago, perhaps it was home ...



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