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Academic libraries help combat COVID-19 related fake news
Academic libraries in South Africa have provided high-quality information to offset the negative effects of COVID-19 related fake news. This is one of the key findings of a recent study at Stellenbosch University (SU). “Academic libraries have played an important role as sources of trustworthy information against fake news... Read more
Detailed analysis by African scientists of SARS-CoV-2 published in Science
Science will publish a detailed analysis of SARS-CoV-2 variants produced by hundreds of African scientists and public health officials across the continent. This is the first major output of Africa’s top scientists to increase the continent’s capacity to produce and analyse genomic data. Genomic surveillance has been crucial to... Read more
HIRAX Correlator to Enable New Cosmological Discoveries
The development of the Hydrogen Intensity Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX) Correlator, a new component to the HIRAX radio interferometer is set to bring cosmologists one step closer to conducting ground-breaking science experiments in the field of dark energy and Fast Radio Bursts (FRB’s). The HIRAX radio interferometer of closely... Read more
All-women team of UP scientists sets sail for South Atlantic
Four postgraduate students from the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology are about to set sail for the South Atlantic. The all-female team of scientists will spend 36 days aboard the RV SA Agulhas II, which will be operated by the national Department of Environmental... Read more
SA high schools take an average of 10 years to produce one matriculant
Ten years. That’s how long it takes high schools in South Africa to produce one matriculant, according to a new report by education economists at Stellenbosch University’s Research on Socioeconomic Policy (RESEP) group. Compiled by Prof Servaas van der Berg, Dr Chris van Wyk, Rebecca Selkirk, and Dr Heleen... Read more
Beating the heat: opening the climate change forecasting toolbox
It is not easy to predict how animals – from insects to fish – are going to respond to climate change and especially extremes of temperature. This lack of understanding hinders our ability to predict the vulnerability of these animals to climate change. “We need to continuously improve our... Read more
Hundreds of Cape Fur seals are entangled each year – mainly in fishing lines and nets
Fishing line and nets are having a major impact on Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus), the most common marine mammal observed around the coastline of South Africa and Namibia, where they are endemic. While their population numbers are considered healthy, plastic pollution, and particularly fishing line and nets,... Read more
Research and development for a better tomorrow
Whilst headlines globally are sounding more and more like the Doomsday Reckoning, with dire warnings of worse to come and graphic images depicting the suffering from droughts to floods, earthquakes to rampant wildfires, questions are being asked of what should we be doing? It’s not just government who need... Read more
Science alone won’t save humpback dolphins
There are fewer than 500 Indian Ocean humpback dolphins (Sousa plumbea) remaining in South African waters. Science alone will not bring them back from the brink of extinction  ̶  we also need a multi-stakeholder Conservation Management Plan to boost their numbers. This is according to the SouSA Consortium, a... Read more
Stellenbosch University’s living laboratory is paving the way for becoming a smart sustainable campus
In using their division as a living laboratory, Stellenbosch University’s Facilities Management (SUFM) has since 2015 been implementing systems and processes to start paving the way for the Institution to become a smart campus where data-led decision-making will result in solving problems and providing solutions for the future. Nicolette... Read more

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