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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...

The Science Inside – Maths Genius

Young maths whizz Sbahle Zwane, has become popular on social media with his incredible skills. We speak to him and his mother as well as Professor Kate Cockcroft from Wits University about the origins of intelligence. In Unscience we find out about fainting goats....

The Science Inside – Alternative Cars

With increasing fuel prices and the United Nations calling for more radical restrictions on fossil fuels, we explore alternative vehicles. In our science news, Senegal struggles with containing trachoma and we discover that bees are affected by the solar eclipse....

The Science Inside – Dinosaur Fossil Discovery

Find out about the recent discovery of the first dinosaur graveyard in the Eastern Cape with Dr Jonah Choiniere from Wits University and James Rhalane from the community of Qhemerha . In our science news we discuss an unusual HIV organ transplant and a new kind of...

The Science Inside: Feature Scientist – Vivey Phasha

On our monthly Feature Scientist, we talk to Vivey Phasha, a product development technician at CSIR (The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) on the science behind beauty and cosmetic products. In our science news we discover a polymer coating that can make...