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Talk: ‘Preparing for the use of medical marijuana in South Africa’

Oct 03, 2017 No Comments by

A talk by Dr Vash Mungal-Singh of Lancet Laboratories will be presented at the *S A Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory, Cape Town on 18th October at 5pm.  Abstract: Cannabis, or marijuana, has been legitimately used for medicinal purposes far longer than it has been illegal. It is thought to have originated in the Himalayas or mountains of […]

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Results of the RSSAf National Essay Competition Announced

Jul 14, 2017 No Comments by

Congratulations to all the 2017 Winners and their Teachers as another successful Competition is concluded.   The winning schools will be contacted individually shortly.   To all participants – many thanks to you for supporting this Competition, we do hope that it has been of benefit beyond the prizes. Topic 1 : ‘There is huge […]

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WINNERS 2016/17 NSTF-South 32 Awards

Jul 03, 2017 No Comments by

The NSTF-South32 Awards, was held at a prestigious Gala Dinner in Gauteng on Thursday, 29 June 2017. It is the 19th celebration of this flagship project of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF). ROYAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA congratulates all winners (see full list) and is delighted that those below are counted among RSSAf […]

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Discoveries at the Rising Star Cave System

May 11, 2017 No Comments by

RSSAf Fellow Professor Lee Berger and his team announce new discoveries in Rising Star Cave System The new discovery and research was done by a large team of researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand, James Cook University, the University of Wisconsin and more than 30 additional international institutions have announced two major discoveries related […]

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Upcoming talks in Cape Town for 2017

Mar 18, 2017 No Comments by

Nov 22nd – Dr John Moore, Department of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University on the challenges of grape cultivation and the wine industry. (t.t.b.c)PLEASE NOTE CHANGED DATE

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Satellite linked time depth recorder on

Aug 13, 2014 No Comments

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

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A touch of RSSAf history……

Mar 17, 2014 Comments Off on A touch of RSSAf history……

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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“Kissing Phages”

Jun 28, 2012 Comments Off on “Kissing Phages”

Two very different tailed bacteriophages in the same sample, fortuitously touching one another, environmental water project in Cape Town.  Submitted by Ed Rybicki

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