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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.

The impact of climate change in Southern Africa

Significant climate change has already occurred globally. Over the Southern African region temperatures are increasing at about twice the global rate. CSIR researchers project that this might impact many different local sectors, for example agriculture and industries.

The Atlantis Water Supply Scheme – a CSIR-supported artificial groundwater recharge system

The town of Atlantis is located about 50km north of Cape Town on the dry west coast of South Africa. Since the 1970s, it has relied on managed aquifer recharge for the town's water supply, a process supported by the CSIR.

A CSIR-developed text-to-speech system

Qfrency creates human-like voices from written text for the South African market. These synthetic voices can say and read anything in South African languages, on a wide range of devices and platforms, for industry, developers and individuals.

Industry taking up CSIR's mobile laser cladding technology

View this video to see how MAN Diesel and Turbo is using the CSIR-developed mobile laser cladding system to refurbish some of their large, high-value components.

The CSIR and Stellenbosch University renew an agreement on multidisciplinary research collaboration

The CSIR and Stellenbosch University renewed a Memorandum of Understanding following successful collaboration between the two organisations in various areas of research and development.

Water sanitation market to receive home-grown, green solutions
Optimus Bio, a company that develops environmentally friendly products for the treatment of waste water, aquaculture and agriculture, will soon be taking on the market.

Earthquakes – mining or nature?
Establishing whether the recent earthquake in North West was purely mining induced or caused by natural tectonic shifts in the earth’s crust is not simple. It is also possible that stresses caused by mining triggered a natural event deeper down.

Researchers identify algae to treat acid mine drainage
Researchers came one step closer to the development of a successful biological method to treat acid mine drainage during winter time after studying the ability of specific algae species to absorb metals.

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CSIR's biotechnology spin-off company wins prestigious new product award at an international science exhibition
2014 sees financial benefits from renewable energy exceed costs in South Africa
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