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RSSAf Announces Medal winners for 2015

Oct 08, 2014 No Comments by

The Royal Society of SA is delighted to announce the winners of its prestigious Medals for 2015 : John F. W. Herschel Medal : in recognition of Highly Distinguished Multidisciplinary Contributions to the furtherance of Science, to : Professor Michael William Feast FRSSAf, Astronomer and Honorary Professor, University of Cape Town and Senior Research Associate at […]

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RSSAf Member Prof Alan Morris assembles profile of St Helena skeleton

Oct 08, 2014 No Comments by

A STRANDLOPER hunter-gather, who lived on the West Coast more than 2 000 years ago, had “surfer’s ear” from diving in the cold sea for kreef and alikreukel.  This is one of the secrets researchers have uncovered from examining a skeleton unearthed in St Helena Bay in 2010 by workers digging a trench for a […]

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RSSAf Member Prof Nithaya Chetty appointed as NRF Deputy CEO: Astronomy

Oct 08, 2014 No Comments by

Prof Nithaya Chetty, a physicist at the University of Pretoria, and has been appointed by the National Research Foundation to manage astronomy in South Africa with effect from 1st October 2014 while he continues to maintain his research programme in the field of Theoretical and Computational Solid State Physics at the University of Pretoria. NRF […]

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Talks coming up in Cape Town in 2014

Aug 19, 2014 No Comments by

19th November : Prof. Jeanine Marnewick, Head: Oxidative Stress Research Centre and Co-chair: Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, CPUT will present a talk on “Rooibos and Heart Health” All talks will be held at the SAAO Auditorium (SA Astronomical Observatory)

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Satellite linked time depth recorder on

Aug 13, 2014 No Comments by

Southern elephant seal bull known to Marion Island sealers as ‘Sakkie’.  Photo Nico de Bruyn

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RSSAf Fellow in discovery of new predatory dinosaur

Jul 16, 2014 No Comments

125-million-year-old Changyuraptor sheds light on dinosaur flight An international team of experts, including Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan from the University of Cape Town (UCT), has discovered a new predatory dinosaur with very long feathers that sheds light on how dinosaurs flew. The animal has a long-feathered tail that is believed to have been useful in decreasing […]

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First Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) facility in Africa

Jul 08, 2014 No Comments

The first Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) facility in Africa was officially launched by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on 7 July. The facility is located at the iThemba Laboratory on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. AMS is mainly used for the radiocarbon dating of biological, geological and hydrological material, […]

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A touch of RSSAf history……

Mar 17, 2014 Comments Off

HENRY SELBY HELE-SHAW (1854-1941) – see sequel from Canada The name of Henry Selby Hele-Shaw, LL.D., D.Sc., D. Eng., F.R.S., Wh.Sch., is not well known to South Africans or even to Fellows and Members of the Royal Society of South Africa although he was one of the founders of the Society in the early 1900s.  […]

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Queuing to look up……

Sep 13, 2013 No Comments

Submitted by SA Astronomical Observatory

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Igneous layering in the Peninsula pluton

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

of the Cape Granite Suite at Llandudno, submitted by John Clemens

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