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KZN wildlife auction nets more than R8-million

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife auctioned more than 1‚000 wild animals on Monday‚ injecting just over R8 million into the cash-strapped conservation agency’s depleted coffers.

Zuckerberg: not running for office, but wants 'to learn'

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg says he is not running for public office but is making a series of public appearances "to learn about people's hopes and challenges."

SA's second - and world's third - penis transplant recipient is one 'happy patient'

The University of Stellenbosch has performed its second penis transplant operation after doing the world's first at Tygerberg Hospital in December 2014.

FILE PHOTO: Journalists gather near the entrance to the Global Seed Vault in Longyearbyen

"Doomsday" seed vault entrance repaired after thaw of Arctic ice

Norway is repairing the entrance of a "doomsday" seed vault on an Arctic island after an unexpected thaw of permafrost let water into a building meant as a deep freeze to safeguard the world's food supplies.

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Scientist finds new water source - mining asteroids

The solution to South Africa’s water crisis could be out of this world‚ thanks to an award winning idea from local scientist Jonathan Lun.

Are South Africans dying too often from treatable illnesses?

The number of people dying from curable illnesses is “disturbing”‚ a new global study has found.

UCT leads UKZN on global research ranking

With a score of 393‚ the University of Cape Town has won recognition from an influential Dutch ranking for its academic research output.
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Four women arrested with lion body parts

Police in Limpopo have arrested four women for possession of lion body parts‚ including paws and a head.

Limpopo pupil’s research to save marula tree earns her a trip to US

A thirteen-year-old budding scientist from Phalaborwa in Limpopo is currently participating in a programme for rising stars in maths‚ applied science‚ technology and engineering in the US.

Green

This timelapse video of Earth from space will take your breath away

Thomas Pesquet, a European Space Agency astronaut, has posted a stunning view of Earth from the International Space Station.

Hopes for climate pact shift to diplomatic sphere

After frustrating talks in Bonn with an American delegation in limbo, UN climate negotiators are pinning their hopes for the Paris Agreement's future on diplomatic arm-twisting at the highest level.
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Kruger National Park warns of Malaria after heavy rains

Kruger National Park has warned visitors that malaria seems to be on the brink of an outbreak despite the winter season.

From Rio to Trump, it's always been 'America first' in climate talks

The shadow of Donald Trump looms large over the climate-rescue Paris Agreement, thrashed out by nearly 200 countries over years of painstaking, often belligerent, bartering in which the United States has a chequered history.

2017 is just a dry run for a desiccated future‚ disaster chief warns Cape

Drought-hit Western Cape residents can expect 30% less average rainfall by the middle of the century.

Gadgets

Zomato introduces bounty programme after hackers steal data

Restaurant data base Zomato is set to introduce a bug bounty programme after a hacker stole 17 million users' data.

Italy adopts anti-trolling law to protect minors

Italy on Wednesday adopted a law to combat cyber harassment, allowing young people who are bullied online to have the "trolling" comments speedily removed in a bid to stop teenage suicides and self-harm.

BlackBerry working with automakers on anti-hack tool: analyst

BlackBerry Ltd is working with at least two automakers to develop a security service that would remotely scan vehicles for computer viruses and tell drivers to pull over if they were in critical danger, according to a financial analyst.

Seoul cyber experts warn of more attacks as North blamed

More cyberattacks could be in the pipeline after the global havoc caused by the Wannacry ransomware, South Korean cybersecurity experts warned Tuesday as fingers pointed at the North.

How to protect yourself from weeping over a 'WannaCry' attack

If you thought your family photographs were unlikely to find their way into the grubby paws of computer hackers and be held for ransom‚ you may want to reconsider.

Gaming

Nintendo Switch game console is displayed at an electronics store in Tokyo

Nintendo Switch hits the shelves

Nintendo's Switch console went on sale Friday in a global launch seen as key to the Japanese videogame giant reversing flagging sales and moving past the failure of its last console, the Wii U.

'Father of Pac-Man' Masaya Nakamura dies at 91

Masaya Nakamura, the Japanese video game pioneer known as the "father of Pac-Man", has died aged 91, his company said Monday.

Super Mario Runs into a pricey paywall

Nintendo Co Ltd's first Mario smartphone title has set a download record but gamers baulked at the one-time cost of unlocking content, prompting investors to push the Japanese game makers' stock to a one-month low.

Android deal puts Africa on cusp of first-ever smartphone plant

A Johannesburg startup is set to become the first company ever to manufacture smartphones in Africa, taking advantage of low costs and growing local demand to build handsets, tablets and other devices based on Google Inc.’s Android system.

Nintendo to release Super Mario Run in mobile game test

Nintendo will on Thursday release Super Mario Run, its first iPhone game and a key test of its foray into mobile gaming, hot on the heels of the Pokemon Go craze.
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