Snake fang study brings new insights
In a study recently published in The Royal Society Biology Letters, scientists show that the structural changes associated with the formation of the venom-conducting canal in snake fangs do not appear to be associated with an increase in stress under load. The authors conducted computer simulations directly on 3D-scans obtained using high-resolution... Read more
New shrimp species has unique association with octopus
A tiny 5.5 km stretch of coastline along Miller’s Point in False Bay is yielding a rich trove of previously undescribed shrimp species, one of which (Heteromysis octopodis) enjoys a unique coexistence with an octopus (Octopus vulgaris) − the first known symbiotic relationship between a shrimp and a cephalopod.... Read more
Summit to counter quackery, pseudoscience and fake news in healthcare
The dangers of pseudoscience and quackery in healthcare will come under scrutiny later this year at a ground-breaking international summit in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Numerous high-profile health and science communication experts will gather at the International Summit on Quackery and Pseudoscience to explore how science communication efforts by the... Read more
Habitat destruction, poaching is threatening the Sungazer
Novel genetic techniques might be used to understand the effects of habitat transformation as well as to combat illegal trade of the animals. The Sungazer (Smaug giganteus), a dragon-like lizard species endemic to the Highveld regions of South Africa, is facing an assault on two fronts as farming and... Read more
UKZN produces new medicines to fight antibiotic resistance
UKZN’s Novel Drug Delivery Unit is designing and manufacturing several novel medicines to fight antibiotic resistance under the leadership of Professor Thirumala Govender with her Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Rahul Kalhapure. The team’s recent achievements also include, the successful filing of a patent application in the UK, winning a national... Read more
Major grant for research on infectious diseases in Africa
Stellenbosch University is among five African institutions to benefit from a grant of nearly R102 million (£6 million) from the United Kingdom’s Global Challenges Research Fund to tackle infectious diseases in their home countries in collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute in London. Called the Crick African Network, this is one... Read more
Corridors of freedom and transformation through transit
Researchers have confirmed that transport-orientated development is a good choice to ensure a spatially transformed Johannesburg in 2057. The South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning (SA&CP) at Wits University, the Agence Française de Développement, and the City of Johannesburg launched the Spatial Transformation Through Transit-Orientated Development in Johannesburg... Read more
Human sciences celebrate diverse research
On 28 July the Faculty of Human Sciences marked a decade of diverse research when the annual research seminar was held at Vaal University of Technology Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park. This year’s Human Sciences Faculty Seminar was held under the theme Decade of Discourse: celebrating diverse research... Read more
YRU study shows aggressive numbers of bullying in Gauteng
Unisa’s Youth Research Unit (YRU), which operates under the Communication and Behavioural Research Division of the Bureau of Market Research (BMR), conducted a survey on the prevalence rates of bullying among a representative learners sample of 17 secondary schools in Gauteng. Using descriptive analysis, key findings were revealed. In... Read more
Elderly suffer from malnutrition
Old age is supposed to be a worry-free time when you can sit back and enjoy your twilight years. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for many elderly South Africans above 60 who are more likely to suffer from, amongst others, disease, trauma, poverty and malnutrition. “Malnutrition, in particular, is... Read more