SETI – Special Lecture by Paul Davies

May 29, 2016 No Comments by

Professor Paul Davies, physicist, cosmologist and best-selling author from Arizona State University, USA will deliver a free public talk titled “Are we alone – the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence” on 1st June (see details below)  Paul Davies’ research focuses on the “big questions” of existence, ranging from the origin of the universe to the origin […]

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Cancer: SA’s latest treatment breakthrough

May 24, 2016 No Comments by

Researchers at the University of Cape Town have identified genetic patterns that can assist in the early diagnosis of six types of cancer.   For an interview with RSSAf Fellow Professor Kevin Naidoo SA Research Chair in Scientific Computing in the Department of Chemistry on the subject see Daily Maverick  

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Strategic Environmental Assessment : Shale Gas Development

May 24, 2016 No Comments by

In May 2015, the SA Government commissioned a strategic environmental team using the best local and international experts to weigh what the consequences of fracking in South Africa are likely to be. In May 2016  the Shale Gas Development Scenarios and Activities Summary Document was published : Link For comments by Project Leader, RSSAf Fellow […]

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RSSAf Fellow chairs Great Barrier Reef Taskforce

May 24, 2016 No Comments by

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, made up of around 3000 individual coral reefs covering an area of 344,000 square kilometres. Unlike South Africa’s reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is dominated by hard corals, however, it too is threatened by land-based sources of pollution such as fertiliser run-off and soil erosion […]

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2015/2016 NSTF Awards – Finalists

May 24, 2016 No Comments by

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards, hosted in partnership with South 32;  recognising, celebrating and rewarding excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa.  Finalists ROYAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA congratulates all finalists and is delighted that those below are counted among its Fellowship/Membership : Lifetime Award (for an outstanding contribution to […]

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Upcoming talks in Cape Town in 2016

Apr 26, 2016 No Comments

The following free public talks are scheduled for 2016: 1st June – SPECIAL LECTURE: see separate notice. June 22nd – Prof. Priscilla Baker, Department of Chemistry at UWC and Dept of Science and Technology (DST) Women in Science Award (WISA) for 2014, on Electro-chemistry (t.t.b.c) August 17th – John Gribble, Manager of the Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage […]

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RSSAf Fellow helps in discovery of hidden galaxies behind Milky Way

Feb 23, 2016 No Comments

An international team of scientists that includes a leading astronomy researcher from the University of Cape Town and one from the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) have helped to make a groundbreaking discovery by peering through the stars and dust of the Milky Way with a radio telescope to discover hidden galaxies beyond. Both are […]

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