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Talks coming up in Cape Town in 2014

Aug 19, 2014 No Comments by

Tuesday, 2nd September : Prof Janine Adams on ‘Linking science, policy and management for the protection of South Africa’s estuaries’ Monday, 22nd September : Dr AbhijitSaha (National Optical Astronomy Observatory, USA) on “Deep Cinematography of the Whole Sky with  the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)“ 1st October : Special Lecture : Prof Tony Cheetham, Royal […]

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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 by

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 by

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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RSSAf Fellow Bob Scholes elected foreign associate to the US National Academy of Sciences

May 21, 2014 No Comments by

RSSAf Fellow, South African environmental scientist Bob Scholes has been elected a foreign associate to the US National Academy of Sciences – one of the highest honours a scientist can achieve. He joins a small group of elite scientists who have been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences, an independent, non-profit society, established […]

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RSSAf Fellow and Member Finalists for 2013/14 NTSF/BHP Awards

May 21, 2014 No Comments

The Royal Society of SA is delighted that the following Fellows and Members have made the list of Finalists for the NSTF/BHP Awards for 2013/14.  These prestigious annual awards recognize, celebrate and reward excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation.  We wish all finalists good luck. To an individual for an outstanding contribution to science, […]

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RSSAf Fellow investigates ‘fairy circles’ in Nambia

Apr 30, 2014 No Comments

Professor Don Cowan, director of the Genomics Research Institute at the University of Pretoria and a group of scientists spent time in Namibia recently investigating the mysterious patches in the desert where nothing grows. They are circles of sandy soil varying diameters which are completely barren.   Many theories have been put forward since their discovery […]

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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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