The South African supercomputing team that participated in the International Student Cluster Competition in Frankfurt, Germany, scooped third prize.
Strong bergwind conditions coupled with very dry vegetation most probably resulted in the flare-up of a lightning-induced smouldering fire on the morning of 7 June 2017 in the Elandskraal region, northwest of Knysna, resulting in one of the worst fire disasters in South Africa’s history.
This is according to a scientific report which the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently concluded.
Six South African students will be looking to win bragging rights in an annual global supercomputer competition in Germany.
South Africans are sharing too much of their personal information on social media, allowing cybercriminals to exploit them for their personal gain.
Recycling only 4% of the waste it generates, Africa has become a dumping ground for waste, particularly hazardous waste, often from developed countries. A far cry from the African Union’s vision that “African cities will be recycling at least 50% of the waste they generate by 2023”.
This and other findings are outlined in the report released by the United Nations Environment and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on 5 June 2018, World Environment Day, at the Sustainability Week in Pretoria.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is currently developing a 5G testbed, to prepare for the advent of 5G technologies and to ensure that Africa is able to adapt to the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
South African, Malagasy and French researchers have discovered the existence of a coastal current off Madagascar. The newly-described current, the South-west Madagascar Coastal Current, flows poleward off the south-west coast of Madagascar. Knowledge about and a thorough understanding of it will help scientists understand ocean circulation in the region and have direct implications for the management of local fisheries south of Madagascar.
The South African government has launched a R37.5 million biorefinery facility in Durban, which is set to extract maximum value from biomass waste. The facility, which is a first for South Africa, will support innovation in a range of industries, including forestry, agro processing and other biomass-based industries.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, launched the Biorefinery Industry Development Facility (BIDF) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) campus in Durban today, 20 March 2018.
Young scientists are using 3D printing technologies to enthuse the next generation of engineers at the National Science Festival, also known as Scifest, currently underway in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Scifest is an annual science festival aimed at stimulating the public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation. This year the theme of the festival is “Innovation 4.0”, which alludes to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which speaks to technological advancement and transformation.