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Getting to grips with .... supercomputing
Supercomputing or high performance computing is the Formula 1 of the computing world. It lies in the specialist domain where cutting-edge computing equipment and associated software components – predominantly open source in nature – come together to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in terms of processing, networking, storage and visualisation.
Getting to grips with… green buildings
The concept of ‘green buildings’ is increasingly a topic of conversation, in line with the move to more environmentally-sustainable practices in our daily lives. A direct link exists between buildings, carbon emissions and the ability of the natural environment to absorb carbon dioxide. Globally, the built environment uses a substantial percentage of resources: 40% of energy, 17% of fresh water, 25% of wood harvested and 40% of material.
Getting to grips with... lasers
Back to the future The first laser was demonstrated on 16 May 1960 - almost 50 years ago! Today, whether you're shopping at the local grocery store or listening to music on your CD player at home, lasers form an integral part of our daily lives. But do we truly understand lasers and how they work? What are they used for? Let's answer these questions and also meet a laser scientist.
Getting to grips with... Election night forecasting
On 22 April 2009, after the voting population has used its right to cast its individual votes in the fourth democratic elections of South Africa, a team of seven CSIR researchers will get to work to do election night forecasting of the results.
Exploring the lesser-known world of natural fibres in SA
Mention the words ‘natural fibre’ and most people immediately think of a tasteless cereal that they spoon down during breakfast time. That, however, is not the kind of natural fibres that researchers at the CSIR are focusing on. Instead you should think of wild silk, cashmere, sewing yarn, seat covers and textile with which roads can be stabilised.







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