The Science Inside

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The Science Inside – SKAO Treaty

South Africa has put its signature on the international treaty establishing the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) as an intergovernmental organisation tasked with building and operating the world’s most powerful radio astronomy telescope. The treaty...

The Science Inside – Featured Scientist – Collins Saguru

Our featured scientist for this month is Collins Saguru – a chemical engineer and research fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand’s department of chemical engineering. He has developed an economical, environmentally sustainable and novel method of...

The Science Inside – WiFi

In light of the challenges currently faced by the South African national power utility Eskom, we look at how scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found alternative ways of harvesting electricity from WIFI signals. In unscience, we discuss how...

The Science Inside – Featured Scientist – Mpho Tshisaphungo

Our very first featured scientist for the year is Mpho Tshisaphungo, who is the first female to head the space weather centre at the South African National Space Agency. She talks about how her career in space weather found her and how being the best keeps her on...

The Science Inside – Feature Scientist – Zamaswazi Tshabalala

It’s our very last show for the year and we close it off with a featured scientist, physicist, Zamaswazi Tshabalala of the CSIR (The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research).She specialises in nanotechnology applications that improve gas-sensing mechanisms. In...

The Science Inside – Tuberculosis

Prof Robin Wood from the University of Cape Town explains how they are testing the air someone with TB breathes out, to see how transmissions can be lowered.

The Science Inside – Desalination

Turning salt water into drinkable water is one of the ways to address droughts like the one to hit Cape Town in recent times. Leslie Petrick from the University of Cape Town explains the worrying health effects of desalinated water. Our Unscience is about...

The Science Inside – Biobricks

This week we spend time with Dr Dyllon Randall from UCT who was part of world first research where human urine was used to make building bricks. In Unscience in gets delicious with a mathematical formula for the perfect pizza. Later in the show we visit Cape...

The Science Inside: Feature Scientist – Natalie Benjamin-Damons

Our feature scientist this month is Natalie Benjamin-Damons, who has worked on improving the lives of children living with HIV through the use of physiotherapy. We speak to her about her work and journey as a scientist. In Unscience we ask ourselves whether lizards...

The Science Inside – Hyperloop

Elon Musk recently announced that the Hyperloop transport system will be unveiled in Los Angeles soon and able to travel at up to 250km/h. We find out how it works with Dr Geoffrey Beck from the Physics Department at Wits University and explore how South...