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Category: Science

Bionic bird takes flight in South Africa

Two bionic innovations were, this week, displayed in South Africa for the first time. The Festo SmartBird, which replicated the wing motion of a Herring Gull in a robotic form, and the BionicOpter, a flying robot based on the dragonfly, took flight at the nineteenth World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) […]

Efforts under way to revitalise tool, die and mouldmaking in SA

The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says Toolmaking Association of South Africa (Tasa) regional secretary and Gauteng Tooling Initiative CEO Henk Snyman. […]

UK seeks to build closer scientific and innovation cooperation with SA

The United Kingdom wants to build long-term relationships with South Africa in the fields of science, technology and engineering, and has assigned funds to support this desire. “The UK is interested in investing in cooperation with South Africa,” reports British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Robin Grimes. “We’ve recently announced the […]

Call for entries for 2015 Innovation Prize for Africa

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has called on African innovators to submit their entries for the fourth edition of the yearly Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), which aims to enable and encourage African pioneers to develop creative ideas and techniques to overcome developmental challenges faced by the continent and support sustainable development. Entries would be […]

New research facility, unique in Africa, opened in Johannesburg

The first Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) facility in Africa was officially launched by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on July 7. The facility is located at the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS) Gauteng unit, on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. “One of the things we need […]