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Microsoft learns R95 billion math lesson in its Nokia blunder

Let’s call it the $7.5 billion (R95 billion) lesson.

American disease threatens South African bees

Until recently, sub-Saharan Africa was thought to be free from the American foulbrood disease, which afflicts its honeybee population.

Japanese firm to make whisky in space

Japanese whisky will be sent into space next month to test how time in a zero-gravity environment affects its flavour, one of the country's biggest drinks makers said Friday.

Philae the little lost lander finds organic molecules on comet

The European Space Agency's probe Philae may be struggling to stay in touch, but its first finds on its new home are pretty special.

SA Sci-Tech

Hunters fight back after Cecil killing

Bucking against international outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, professional hunters argue that their industry follows strict rules aimed at preserving wildlife and supporting local people.

How Sea Shepherd hunted the Thunder for over 16,000 kms

As the Thunder, a trawler considered the world’s most notorious fish poacher, began sliding under the sea a couple of hundred miles south of Nigeria, three men scrambled aboard to gather evidence of its crimes.

WWF SA honours iSimangaliso Wetland Park CEO

Andrew Zaloumis, the CEO of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, has been named the winner of the WWF SA Living Planet 2015 Award.

Green

Rhino horn not being used for sexual potency‚ but as a hangover cure

Nearly half of Vietnamese have tried rhino horn to “cure” ailments‚ primarily alcohol-induced hangovers‚ with men over 40 being the primary customers – despite there being no proof that this works.

Foreign hunter accused of killing much-loved Zimbabwe lion

A Zimbabwean conservation charity said Monday that a foreign tourist could face criminal charges after allegedly using a bow and arrow to kill a much-loved lion called Cecil.

Four-legged snake fossil found in Brazil - with video

A fossil of a four-legged snake uncovered in Brazil has shed new light on the origins of snakes as land burrowers, not sea creatures, a study said Thursday.

Gadgets

Open letter: we must stop killer robots before they are built

More than 1,000 of the leading researchers in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics have today signed and published an open letter calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons, also known colloquially as “killer robots”.

Gaming

File photo of Iwata attending an interview in Tokyo

Nintendo CEO who broadened video game appeal dies of cancer

Nintendo Co Ltd Chief Executive Satoru Iwata died of cancer on Saturday, months after he led the Japanese video-game maker's belated entry into mobile gaming following years of declining sales. He was 55.

Research and researchers

Lithium find in exploding star could help solve astronomy puzzle

Astronomers have discovered lithium in a type of stellar explosion known as a nova for the first time, a find that helps clear up a longstanding mystery in astrophysics about the quantity of the element that has been observed in stars.