South Africa trials ‘high-tech punch on the nose’ to repel sharks

South Africa has started testing a shark repellent electronic cable in Cape Town, in a hi-tech experiment aimed at protecting swimmers without harming the deadly sea predators. Researchers at KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board installed a 100-m-long cable on Friday in a small bay in Cape Town that seeks to exploit the sharks’ super-sensitive nose.
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Boeing strengthening its already significant cooperation with SA

Major US aerospace group Boeing is continuing to strengthen its cooperation with South African companies and institutions. “We already have strong relationships with Aerosud, with Cobham Aviation (wi-fi antennas) and with 43 Air School,” points out Boeing Commercial Airplanes Director: International Sales for Africa Miguel Santos. “We are also re-establishing a strong relationship with Denel.” (Aerosud manufactures aerostructures and internal aircraft fittings, Cobham makes antennas for aircraft 43 Air School is a large flying school and Denel is the State-owned defence and aerospace group.)
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Intl review confirms success of African science initiative

A review by multinational science academy organisation, the InterAcademy Council (IAC), of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (Asadi) has concluded its “significant success” – both in terms of meeting its stated objectives and in its wider positive impacts on the trajectory of the African science academies it supported. The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) had benefited from the Asadi initiative between 2006 and 2011, during which time it aimed to establish a functioning secretariat for the academy and to allow the academy to undertake the tasks expected of it.
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Pandor to open high-tech nanotechnology facility at Rhodes

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is set to officially open the Centre for Nanotechnology Innovation at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, on November 14, placing the institution at the forefront of international nanotechnology research. The centre will house new nanotechnology equipment called time of flight-secondary-ion-mass-spectrometer (TOF-SIMS) bought through a R17-million investment from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation. The DST said in a statement on Monday that the centre would become one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in a university environment in South Africa.
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South Africa’s bold new regional aircraft project

At the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 exhibition in September, State-owned defence industrial group Denel made an announcement that has the potential to dramatically transform the South African aerospace industry. Two of the group’s companies, Denel Aerostructures (DAe) and Denel Aviation (DAv), combined to publicly launch the South African Regional Aircraft (Sara) project.
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