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Inspired by a hostile ocean and its role in the global climate

The Southern Ocean is a hostile and remote region, but when travelling there as a young oceanography student, the CSIR’s Dr Sebastiaan Swart was immediately fascinated by its ‘moodiness’ and its importance for climate science.

Construction of new wharf on St Helena Island underway after completion of CSIR coastal model tests

The island of Saint Helena will enjoy a boost to tourism upon completion of its first airport and a new permanent wharf. The CSIR did docked ship motion tests and breakwater stability tests for the design of the wharf.

Innovative SMS coastal early warning system proving popular among False Bay fishermen

An idea to use environmental and oceanographic numerical models and data to create an early-warning system that could help prevent drownings along the Western Cape coast has resulted in a tool that is proving popular among False Bay fishermen.

CSIR flutter expert tests world-class competition glider

The CSIR tested a locally designed and built glider – the JS1 Revelation – of the Potchefstroom-based Jonkers Sailplanes Company, to determine whether the craft is safe to fly with regard to flutter.

CSIR energy expert appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy

The Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, on 19 May 2015 announced that renowned energy expert Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz of the CSIR has been appointed to the newly-established Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy (MACE).

Innovation to unlock high-value products at Tshivase tea estates

For years, the tea plant Camellia sinensis has been growing on the Tshivhase Tea Estates near Sibasa in Limpopo. In efforts to boost the local economy, the CSIR became part of a collaboration to produce botanical extracts from this tea crop and to test the viability of value-added products based on these extracts.

Collecting climate change data

CSIR scientists are using state-of-the-art equipment to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) exchange and related factors on land and sea. This information helps researchers to more accurately predict the rate of (CO2) build-up that could lead to high risk and costly climate change.

Paper-based sensors for diagnostics

The CSIR is working to develop paper-based diagnostic sensors that are affordable, sensitive, specific, user friendly, rapid and robust, equipment free and deliverable to end users - ideal for low-resource areas.

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Researching the interaction between the human mind and technology in the workplace
Leading expert on South Africa’s radar landscape passionate about border safeguarding
The CSIR shares milestone payments with two Lephalale communities
Science partnership to improve the quality of indigenous food products in the SADC region
CSIR scoops award for business incubation and information at international enterprise development event
Launch of strategic environmental assessment of shale gas development
CSIR signs partnership agreement with Roads Agency Limpopo

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