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Some blind individuals see using echoes: study

As scientists discover ways to transfer sensory elements such as sight and sound across bone, converting one to the other in the central nervous system, a new study says this could occur naturally in certain blind individuals in a process called echolocation.

Study: E-cigarettes good as short-term quitting aid

A new study into how e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking long-term suggests that the biggest effects are felt over the first month.

Domestic Noir: Riding the dark tracks to fame

''I like the darker edge of things," Paula Hawkins admits.

African Identity: An exhibition of continental proportions

Some art has the ability to "paint a thousand words" in a single frame. Towards Intersections: Negotiating Subjects, Objects and Contexts is a portrait of our place on this continent.

Spray Painted: Bang goes the president

Mxolisi Vusimuzi Beauchamp, whose new solo exhibition Paradyse of the Damned is on at the Pretoria Art Museum, has painted many unflattering portraits of President Jacob Zuma.

Mozart gets some tuft love

Who is the greater composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Ludwig van Beethoven? Should we really split hairs?

BMW, Nissan to expand green cars plug-in network in SA

The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid for electric and hybrid cars to expand sales of vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market.

Watch: Cat cheekily shuts baby in cupboard

A cat closed the cupboard door when a baby crawled in to explore. The sneaky feline waited until the child was fully in before quickly shutting the door.

Walking tall and falling short: high-heeled shoe injuries on the rise

High-heeled-shoe-related injuries doubled between 2002 and 2012, according to a new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the US.

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African Inspiration: Re-inventing what's ours

May is Africa Month, a month of cultural exchange across the continent that includes activities centred on music, literature, theatre, visual arts, film, cuisine and fashion. Africa Day is on Monday.

Changing perceptions of tattooing for Africans

Below the bustling street of Thabo Sehume in central Pretoria an unlikely den of inked entrepreneurs plans to change perceptions and develop better tattooing practices for Africans.

Sick in winter but healthy in summer? Blame your genes

Nearly a quarter of our genes change how active they are according to the season, which may explain why people are more prone to illness in winter rather than summer, scientists said.

Tommy Hilfiger to publish memoir

Tommy Hilfiger will publish a memoir with Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House.

BMW, Nissan to expand green cars plug-in network in SA

The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid for electric and hybrid cars to expand sales of vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market.

Audi makes a clean fuel breakthrough

German carmaker Audi has started producing its first quantities of e-benzin, a synthetic fuel that can be used like traditional petrol but without the harmful sulphur or hydrocarbon emissions.

The BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition, a special edition that is truly special

BMW has announced a new special edition based on the 4 Series coupe which offers interior, exterior and under-the-hood upgrades and will be limited to just 100 examples when the order books open in July for US buyers.

Lamborghini joins the sub-seven minute Nürburgring club

The company has published a video purportedly showing its latest hypercar, the Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce as only the third production car in history to complete a lap of the ‘Green Hell' in under seven minutes.

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Ford offering a smarter way to avoid a speeding ticket

Ford is launching a new technology called Intelligent Speed Limiter that will ensure that whatever the road and whatever the country, you'll never accidentally pick up a speeding fine.

From hats to legs to music, Joburgers party it up

Joburgers are never afraid of a ‘Phuza Thursday’. This week their diaries were packed with everything from pretty pins to punchy paintings. Oh, and there was a pathetic music party in there too

Nando's new look gives SA design a boost

Next time you sit down to eat a lemon-and-herb pita and peri-peri wedges at Nando's, you could be doing so on a designer Vogel riempie chair or at a table specially created by Durban firm Egg Designs.

Highveld ponies steal Cape show

THE Joburg brigade invaded the Cape's second-biggest horsey social gathering - after the Met - last Saturday for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo at Val de Vie Estate in Paarl.