Lunar Eclipse, 28 September, 4.39am

Sep 28, 2015 No Comments by

Submitted by Maciej Soltynski, Cape Town. From WIKI A full moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated as seen from the Earth. This occurs when the moon is inopposition to the Sun (when it is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun; more precisely, when the […]

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RSSAf School Essay Competition Prize Presentations

Sep 23, 2015 No Comments by

School goers nationally rose to the challenge of some very difficult topics this year from the Large Hadron Collider to the Ebola Contagion – well done to all participants.   The full winners list is on ‘Essay Results’.   Prize presentations were held at Diocesan College (Bishops) in Cape Town, St Mary’s DSG in Kloof […]

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Talk in Cape Town on Exploring the outer Solar System

Sep 22, 2015 No Comments by

Dr Amanda Sickafoose of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), will present a talk entitled ‘Our astronomical backyard: exploring the outer Solar System’ on Wednesday 21st October at the venue below Abstract: The icy objects that exist in the distant reaches of our Solar System are not easy to study: there is a significant amount of space […]

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Talks coming up in Cape Town in 2015

Sep 21, 2015 No Comments by

November 18th – Professor Mike Bruton FRSSAf entitled ‘When I was a Fish. Tales of an Ichthyologist’Abstract: Mike Bruton has had an adventurous career as an ichthyologist and science educator in Africa and beyond. Although he is best known for his research on the coelacanth, he has also worked extensively on the life-history strategies of freshwater […]

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New President of SA Institute of Mining & Metallurgy

Aug 27, 2015 No Comments by

RSSAf Member Rodney Trevor Jones was recently appointed President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).  SAIMM is one of the oldest learned societies in South Africa, having been established in 1894 (originally known as the Chemical and Metallurgical Society of South Africa) More info on SAIMM

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RSSAf Member Marla Trindade wins prestigious science award

Aug 18, 2015 No Comments

Professor Marla Trindade, SARChI Research Chair in Microbial Genomics and Director of the Institute of Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics received the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman Scientist (Life Sciences) Award from the Department of Science and Technology  in recognition of the achievements of woman scientists and their profile as role models for woman in science.  Details

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Leon Dicks FRSSAf spearheads development of biological nanochip

Jul 27, 2015 No Comments

The groundbreaking development of a biological nanochip that is able to identify bacterial infections within minutes of being swallowed was spearheaded by Professor Leon Dicks FRSSAf at the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Microbiology and Willie Perold of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  For more information see Page 3 of the Cape Times […]

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