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The co-founder of a project that saw a solar-powered aircraft complete the first fuel-free flight around the world this year expects electric passenger planes to operate in just under 10 year
An agile jumping robot that was inspired by some of the animal world's best leapers could one day help in rescue efforts after earthquakes or building collapses, US scientists said Tuesday.
Earth's days are getting longer but you're not likely to notice any time soon -- it would take about 3.3 million years to gain just one minute, according to a study published on Wednesday.
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $399 million penalty imposed on Samsung for copying Apple's iPhone design, in a case watched closely for patent infringement in the digital era.
Former US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, expects to be discharged from a New Zealand hospital soon, thanks to the Starman's namesake David Bowie.
Between the heaviest planets and the lightest stars there exists a class of celestial bodies known as brown dwarfs – and‚ according to new research, these bodies may be capable of holding
A Johannesburg startup is set to become the first company ever to manufacture smartphones in Africa, taking advantage of low costs and growing local demand to build handsets, tablets and othe
Moonwalker and space exploration advocate Buzz Aldrin is recovering in hospital with fluid in his lungs after being hastily evacuated by air from the South Pole.
The world's big cities must collectively cut their carbon footprint nearly in half within a decade if global climate goals are to be met, according to an analysis unveiled Thursday.
Retired US astronaut Buzz Aldrin‚ who is being medically evacuated from the South Pole‚ spent a few days in Cape Town before his departure for Antarctica on Tuesday.
A South African company specialising in trips to the earth’s coldest and most remote continent has requested an emergency medical evacuation flight to Antarctica to rescue one of its client
South Africa already has the Cradle of Humankind‚ and now it can boast of being the cradle of some of the earliest life on Earth.
“Heroes”. That’s the word a researcher used to describe the 5200 volunteers who will take part in the world’s first HIV vaccine efficacy study to launch in seven years.
A video that captures the terrifying moment a hippo charged a bakkie in the Kruger National Park has gone viral.
An auction of 11 surfboards adorned with artwork sold for a total of R300 000 on Tuesday night at the annual Wavescape festival “artboard” auction in Cape Town.
Fourteen Western Cape schoolgirls are reaching for the stars by designing and building a satellite.
South African learners are improving incrementally in mathematics and science‚ but their tests scores are still are among the worst in the world.
A new website allowing Gmail users to unsubscribe from most websites and online services linked to their email address is currently buzzing online.
Global social media giant Facebook and a South African non-profit organisation are collaborating with government and civil society on a digital parenting initiative to combat cyber threats fo
An Indian engineer has invented a way of creating ice pyramids that slowly release water to irrigate the desert of the Himalayas.
South African pilots participating in the VintageAirRally are making their way home in old-world style‚ as they prepare to fly over the Tanzania National Park this week.
For millions of workers across the country, Monday morning means nothing more than the start of another week at the office.
On sale in SA: Sex, drugs, hitmen and your bank details.
Barely a month after its expensive test lander crashed into Mars, the European Space Agency asked member nations Friday to cough up an extra 400 million euros ($425 million) to complete the E
In a corner of the British Museum's new South African exhibition, near an ancient golden rhino and a collection of apartheid-era campaign badges, sits a glass case holding a pitted, reddish-b
Abalone worth an estimated R6.5-million were seized in a police raid on a farm in the Overberg region of the Western Cape on Friday.
A lion who won global fame when he went on a three-week escapade after escaping from a reserve has now earned the right to partial freedom‚ after being moved to a less restricted enclosure
A team of scientists at the University of Central Florida (UCF) may have found the right formula for making long-lasting, super-powerful supercapacitors that work with existing battery materi
Czech scientists have developed a model of a functioning human lung that can be used to simulate problems like asthma or other chronic diseases and their treatments.
The massive underwater crater left by the asteroid that exterminated the dinosaurs has provided new evidence that sea levels were much lower during the last Ice Age, researchers said Wednesda
A tiny lander that crashed on Mars last month flew into the Red Planet at 540 kilometres (335 miles) per hour instead of gently gliding to a stop, after a computer misjudged its altitude, sci
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa has called for more renewable energy to be added to the mix in the government’s integrated resource plan.
Huge bank queues have become an ubiquitous sight across India after the government suddenly withdrew the two highest denomination notes from circulation two weeks ago -- but now you can hire-
South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday raided offices of the Samsung Group and the state pension fund as the electronics giant is dragged further into a snowballing influence-peddling scandal
The Cabinet has approved a draft base case energy plan for SA‚ which paves the way for gas and renewables to provide the biggest chunk of new installed capacity by 2050.
How does fire act in space? Researchers will soon find out, by igniting nine different materials aboard an unmanned spaceship on its way to a fiery re-entry to Earth's atmosphere, NASA said M
Eight-year-old Sejal Yadav was pulled from the wreckage of a derailed train in northern India and rushed alone to hospital. Hours later she was reunited with her brother -- thanks to WhatsApp
Researchers can now activate individual neurons in mice’s brains to change their behaviour.
Beijing will next year ban highly polluting old cars from being driven whenever air quality alerts are issued in the city or neighbouring regions, the city's environmental protection bureau s
Doctors have performed Africa's first orthopaedic surgery using a robotic arm.
Africa's giant rats have been trained to sniff out landmines and detect tuberculosis in humans, and soon they could turn their superior noses to protecting other animals by finding illegal wi
China's Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to earth Friday, bringing home two astronauts from the rising power's longest-ever orbital mission in a milestone for its vaulting ambitions.
Twitter accounts of white supremacy advocates who cheered Donald Trump's election victory were mute on Wednesday, suspended as the social network battles hateful vitriol spewed by "trolls."
The 2016/17 west coast rock lobster (WCRL) recreational fishing season will run from November 26 until April 17 next year‚ the Department of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries has announ
Skygazers took to high-rise buildings, tourist landmarks and beaches worldwide on Monday to catch a glimpse of the closest "supermoon" to Earth in almost seven decades.
Internet access reached 52% of South Africa's 55-million population in 2015‚ up from 49% in 2014.
The year 2016 will "very likely" be the hottest on record, the UN said Monday, warning of calamitous consequences if the march of global warming cannot be halted.
Skygazers were heading to high-rise buildings, ancient forts and beaches Monday to witness the closest "supermoon" to Earth in almost seven decades, hoping for dramatic photos and spectacular
On November 19, 2006, the Nintendo Wii made its international retail debut with a North American premiere.
Facebook accidentally declared its founder Mark Zuckerberg and many other users dead on Friday, acknowledging after fixing the problem that it had committed a "terrible error."
With the amount of data storage required for our daily lives growing and growing, and currently available technology being almost saturated, we’re in desparate need of a new method of data
After a week of hectic politics and news of flooding in Gauteng.. These pictures posted to the SANParks - Kruger National Park facebook page is rather welcoming!!
What do you do when a lion decides to take a sniff at your foot? See what happened when a tracker had a close encounter with the king of the animals.
Climate change is having a profound effect on every aspect of life on Earth‚ from genes to entire ecosystems‚ with worrying consequences for humans.
Most life on Earth is already being changed by the warming climate, even though the rise in global temperature since pre-industrial times has been rather slight, researchers warned on Thursda
Nintendo on Thursday launched a palm-sized version of its eighties era games console, setting up an old versus new showdown with rival Sony as it released a new PlayStation 4.
An unusually large and bright Moon will adorn the night sky next Monday -- the closest "supermoon" to Earth in 68 years and a chance for dramatic photos and spectacular surf.
Take a look at this clip that was posted by Beauty of Planet Earth, showing a brave mama rat giving chase after a snake who caught her baby. This mother relentlessly battles the serpent until
ANC Women’s League national executive committee member and Eastern Cape transport MEC Weziwe Tikana is at the centre of a controversy involving the purchasing of digital 'smartpens' to the
First class passengers on a recent Aeromexico flight were confronted by a slithery stowaway, in a jaw-dropping scene reminiscent of the tongue-in-cheek action film "Snakes in a Plane."
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