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File photo of a steel factory seen in smog in Anshan

US, China can tip balance in climate quest: study

The United States and China, the biggest greenhouse gas polluters, could reduce by a quarter the envisaged 2020 shortfall in emissions cuts required to curtail global warming, researchers said.

Twitter is the 'source of all evil and devastation': top Saudi mufti

The microblogging site Twitter popular among both men and women in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia is nothing more than "a source of lies" and evil, the kingdom's top Muslim cleric said.

Big screens and big profits as Apple rides iPhone to $42.1 billion revenues

New big-screen iPhones helped propel Apple's profit and revenue in the last quarter, as the California tech giant smashed earnings expectations.

Polish university town setting up Wikipedia monument

Poland's smallest university town is setting up a monument for Wikipedia, the world's most extensive online encyclopedia.

SA Sci-Tech

Ebola shows Africa needs science investment: Pandor

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has illustrated the need for investment in scientific research on the continent, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said.

Fight climate change and we can save our country and the world: Zuma

All South Africans should play an active role in the global fight against climate change, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

Researchers turn to Brazilian bugs to fight alien invading plant

Researchers on Friday released several small Brazilian bugs into the wild, marking the start of a campaign to halt the spread of an alien invasive plant infesting large areas of South Africa's north-east coast.


Armoured fish invented sex 385 million years ago: research

It may not have been love as we know it, but around 385 million years ago, our very distant ancestors -- armoured fish called placoderms -- developed the art of intercourse.

Taiwan gives suspended sentence to men who deliberately poisoned water supply

Employees of the world's leading semiconductor packaging and testing provider were found guilty of polluting a public water supply but given suspended sentences by a Taiwanese court.

Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars

A comet the size of a small mountain and about as solid as a pile of talcum powder whizzed past Mars on Sunday, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.


Game Review: Fifa 15 scores big

There is just no anticlimax when it comes to video game series Fifa, and the latest offering from EA Sports – Fifa 15 – has again pushed boundaries.

Research and researchers

Science paper written by 'Total Asshole'

Science writer Vito Tartamella has raised questions about the existence of one Stronzo Bestiale, a name found in a few scientific journals.