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South Africa's coal mines to process low-grade coal to produce quality products

South Africa’s best-quality coal, located in the central Highveld basin, is depleting and alternative sources of coal need to be developed to supply the country with coal in the future. Read more...

Research into the psyche of an African soldier

For the last decade the CSIR has been building a behavioural sciences capability geared to assist military and defence related clients in soldier selection and support programmes. The 2014 Defence Review described the African peace climate as 'persistently troubled', making the continent an ideal candidate for behavioural sciences research.

CSIR research on mercury in fish informs consumer choices

Fish is an excellent source of high-quality protein and one of the best sources of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. However, some fish are known to naturally accumulate mercury, a potent neurotoxin, in their tissue. CSIR researchers tested the levels of mercury in fish and used the results to produce a meal advisory table.

Integrating informal waste pickers into the economy

CSIR waste experts are investigating ways in which informal waste pickers – individuals picking through bin bags at kerbside, recovering valuable recyclables – can be integrated into the South African waste and recycling economy. Read more...

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Open call for participation: Nomination of hospital patient information system
Minister Naledi Pandor: Science and Technology’s Dept budget vote NCOP 2016/17
Shaping a smarter tomorrow through the Internet of Things
Unlocking the mysteries of the Southern Ocean for better climate modelling
Annual Report 2014/15

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