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Social media pointed to the Brexit vote

While most polls predicted that Britain would remain in the European Union‚ there was one indicator that pointed to Brexit - social media.

SA scientists take catch-and-burn approach to space junk

Researchers at Stellenbosch University are working with their European counterparts to demonstrate new technology to remove space debris in orbit around the earth.

Scientists‚ locals collide over SKA in Northern Cape: report

Farmers in the Northern Cape are at loggerheads with the international Square Kilometre Array‚ according to a report in a respected science journal.

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Spain after 70-hour transatlantic flight

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Spain on Thursday morning after completing a 70-hour flight from New York in the first solo transatlantic crossing in a solar-powered airplane.

SA Sci-Tech

Did our ancestors survive the dinosaur era by a whisker?

T-Rex may have been king‚ but a very mammal-like adaption allowed our ancestors to outlive this beast and that was hair.

Europe's robots to become "electronic persons" under draft plan

Europe's growing army of robot workers could be classed as "electronic persons" and their owners liable to paying social security for them if the European Union adopts a draft plan to address the realities of a new industrial revolution.
Stranded migrants charge their phones on a field with electricity provided by a generator at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni

Sun-powered phone charger gives migrants in Greece free electricity

For refugees and migrants stuck in Greece, a smartphone is a lifeline -- as long as its battery lasts.

Green

The future is here with machines that reward you for recycling

The future of recycling is looking ever more attractive with machines soon to grace the country that swallow up recyclable plastic bottles and aluminium cans and then spew out financial rewards.

Critically endangered Sumatran elephant gives birth

A critically endangered Sumatran elephant has given birth to her third calf in Indonesia, an official said Thursday.

'Baby dragons' in Slovenia poised for rare hatching

The strange, slithery creatures inside Slovenia's Postojna cave were once considered living proof that dragons existed, prompting locals to give it a wide berth.

Gadgets

Apple turns to Siri to boost iPhone sales

Apple was expected to show off new abilities for its Siri digital assistant later yesterday by debuting tools to let developers work with the company's artificial intelligence.

Gaming

An attendee tries on the Oculus VR Inc. Rift Development Kit 2 headset at E3 in Los Angeles

Virtual reality girds for test in marketplace

A middle-aged white man sees himself as a young black woman being taunted by a racist.

Research and researchers

Ancient Chinese pottery reveals 5,000-year-old beer brew

Residue on pottery from an archeological site has revealed the earliest evidence of beer brewing in China left from a 5,000-year-old recipe, researchers said Monday.