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More than just a lab coat‚ Gray not afraid to speak out about issues close to her heart

The "great people are coming" is what Dr Glenda Gray‚ paediatrician and medical research scientist‚ would say jokingly to her late father‚ after she was chosen as one of Time magazine's top 100 most influential people in the world.

WATCH: Hungry caterpillar munches on plastic shopping bags

A moth caterpillar commonly bred to provide fish bait feasts on a notoriously resistant plastic, scientists reported Monday, raising hopes the creature can help manage the global problem of plastic-bag pollution.

Wildlife petting industry under scrutiny in wake of recent attacks

Multiple attacks in March and April have prompted conservation groups and the head of South African Tourism to seriously re-evaluate the “wildlife petting” industry.

Oh sheet - politician's bizarre drought plan gets blown away

An Indian politician who attempted to cover a dam in sheets of polystyrene has been left red-faced after his bizarre water-saving scheme backfired.

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Revealed: how the gold arrived in them thar hills of the Witwatersrand

The mystery of the Witwatersrand basin’s unparalleled gold deposits has been unravelled ... by ocean scientists.

WATCH: 'This is big': Tim Noakes delighted after he is cleared of misconduct

Smothered in hugs and almost in tears‚ Professor Tim Noakes received the news of having his name cleared with huge smile on his face.

Pay up by showing the finger: SA to get world's first biometric credit cards

South Africans will be the first in the world to use biometric credit cards.

As Mother City wilts under drought‚ local company makes water from air

While Cape Town continues to suffer the effects of a ravaging drought‚ a local company is selling machines that make water out of the air - and lots of it.

Full of bright ideas? Now's your chance to prove it

Water security will top the agenda when Cape Town and 21 other cities around the world kick off the Ideas World Cup on Friday.


Scientists find footprint of unknown ancient reptile in Spain

Scientists have discovered a fossilised footprint from about 247 to 248 million years ago in the Pyrenees mountains in Spain which they believe was made by a previously unknown species of reptile.

Addo's male elephants prick up their ears when they get a trunk call from a strange female

Without dating sites‚ what’s a randy male elephant to do? The answer‚ it turns out‚ lies in listening to the nasal rumbles emitted by females.

Donkeys adopted as animal groups fight the skin trade

Five donkeys have been adopted after they were rescued earlier this year in the Sani area in KwaZulu-Natal‚ an animal rescue organisation said on Tuesday.

Free water from thin air? US scientists turn on the tap

To drought-hit areas of South Africa it sounds like the holy grail: a device that extracts water from air using only the power of the sun.
NASA handout image of protoplanet Vesta

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19

An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 18 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.


Twitter creates 'lite' version for data-starved users

Twitter Inc is launching a faster version of its mobile service aimed at people with sporadic connections or little data on their smartphone plans, hoping to pick up users in harder-to-reach emerging markets.

Quadriplegic man regains use of arm in medical first: study

A decade after a bike crash that left an American man paralysed from the shoulders down, he can again feed himself, researchers hailing a medical first reported Wednesday.

Samsung launches Galaxy S8 and dreams of recovery from Note 7

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone as it battles to regain the market leadership it lost to Apple Inc after the embarrassing withdrawal of the fire-prone Note 7s.

Samsung to sell refurbished safety-recalled Note 7 phones

Samsung announced Monday it would sell some Note 7 smartphones that were recalled for safety reasons as refurbished devices, in an effort to manage its stockpile in an "environmentally friendly" manner.

Google ad boycott could aim ire at ad-serving software

Google's money-making foundation is strong enough to endure a current boycott by advertisers, but the movement could rattle the practice of software "programmed" ad placement, analysts said on Thursday.


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.