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A new fleet of Moon landers will set sail next year, backed by private companies A new fleet of Moon landers will set sail next year, backed by private companiesDate: 20/09/2021

The Commercial Lunar Payload Services program has tasked a number of companies—including Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic—with deli ...

Oldest livestock genome reveals origin of today’s goats Oldest livestock genome reveals origin of today’s goatsDate: 08/06/2021

Ancient hunters and farmers living in the foothills and valleys of western Iran’s verdant highlands may have been among the fi ...

Amper alle Afrikaners het nie-Europese gene Amper alle Afrikaners het nie-Europese geneDate: 31/05/2021

Dié navorsing is deur die Universiteit van Pretoria se genetikadepartment gedoen.Die bevindings is in die toonaangewende wete ...

What is a Supermoon? What is a Supermoon?Date: 26/04/2021

There are two supermoons in 2021—and the next one is in April 26. What is a supermoon? We agree that it’s a catchy word and an ...

Govt has a new plan to boost SA Govt has a new plan to boost SA's dagga industryDate: 13/04/2021

Government recently released a draft national master plan to commercialise South Africa's cannabis industry, which include bot ...

Rock art rocks: Experts are still trying to fathom ancient engravings found near the Vredefort crater Rock art rocks: Experts are still trying to fathom ancient engravings found near the Vredefort craterDate: 01/04/2021

Why did early hunter-gatherers choose an unusual formation of rocks as the place where they would spend time chiselling out I' ...

New sights and sounds from the Perseverance rover on Mars! New sights and sounds from the Perseverance rover on Mars!Date: 23/02/2021

Check out this amazing new video from NASA’s Perseverance rover, showing its own descent and landing on the surface of Mars la ...

The 1st sign of intelligent life beyond Earth? The 1st sign of intelligent life beyond Earth?Date: 09/02/2021

Physicist Avi Loeb of Harvard believes we should take seriously the idea that ‘Oumuamua – the 1st known object to pass through ...

Watch: Elon Musks SN9 Starship test flight & explosion Watch: Elon Musks SN9 Starship test flight & explosionDate: 05/02/2021

The stainless steel Starship prototype launched from SpaceX's Boca Chica facility near Brownsville, Texas, at 2:35 p.m. local ...

The Terrifying Warning Lurking in the Earth’s Ancient Rock Record The Terrifying Warning Lurking in the Earth’s Ancient Rock RecordDate: 04/02/2021

We live on a wild planet, a wobbly, erupting, ocean-sloshed orb that careens around a giant thermonuclear explosion in the voi ...

Discovery of two new giant radio galaxies offers fresh insights into the universe Discovery of two new giant radio galaxies offers fresh insights into the universeDate: 19/01/2021

Two giant radio galaxies have been discovered with South Africa’s powerful MeerKAT telescope, located in the Karoo region, a s ...

Iceberg due to collide with island splits in 2 Iceberg due to collide with island splits in 2Date: 22/12/2020

Antarctic iceberg A-68A has drifted menacingly close to a remote island in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The giant iceberg coul ...

Covid-19: Here Covid-19: Here's the difference between a variant and a strainDate: 22/12/2020

Professor Ian Sanne, a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19, said there's a big difference between a 'stra ...

Water smart urban design can benefit Emfuleni’s environment Water smart urban design can benefit Emfuleni’s environmentDate: 10/12/2020

Despite the flooding, our stormwater systems had a primary flush. Henceforth, the water will keep cleaning dirt and grime, aft ...

Our solar system will disintegrate sooner than we thought Our solar system will disintegrate sooner than we thoughtDate: 01/12/2020

Although the ground beneath our feet feels solid and reassuring (most of the time), nothing in this Universe lasts forever. O ...

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 ...

'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 ...

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 ...

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 ...



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