Nobel for chemistry goes to two female scientists for CRISPR tool

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna  developed the CRISPR/Cas9 tool to edit the DNA of animals, plants and micro-organisms with precision

2020 may smash all previous heat records, say scientists

Arctic sea ice reached its second-lowest extent for September, continuing a fast decline since satellites started monitoring the ice in 1979

Nobel Prize in physics awarded for black hole breakthroughs

Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez win the 2020 Nobel  for discoveries ‘about the most exotic phenomena in the universe, the black hole’

Nobel prize for medicine goes to Hepatitis C discoverers

Two Americans and a Briton share the award for decades-old work on a pathogen that afflicts 78-million people a year

SA space agency aiming for R4.47bn in infrastructure funding

SA’s new space infrastructure hub will boost local space industry capabilities with Sansa having Africa’s only satellite engineering proficiency

It’s high time for SA to grow its cannabis economy

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Vaccinology at needle edge of science to protect pregnant women

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Wind industry calls for ‘green’ post-Covid-19 recovery plan

The government should consider renewable energy in its post-pandemic stimulus package, says the group

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DA wants tax rebates for household solar PV systems

The DA has also offered to hand the Independent Electricity Management Operator Bill to the ANC if it will facilitate a quicker legislative process

SA to finalise climate change bill soon, Ramaphosa

New framework will help with the identification of new industrial opportunities in the green economy

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Endangered pangolin identified as possible link for coronavirus

A Chinese university says the genome sequence on viruses found on pangolins is 99% identical to those on coronavirus patients

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Xhosa study sheds light on genetic origins of schizophrenia

Research on DNA is a rare study of an African population, which is more useful as they have greater genetic diversity

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Eskom applies for emission exemption at Medupi and Matimba power plants

Already being slammed for rolling power cuts, the utility now seems set to attract more environmental protests

Global lenders under pressure to stop financing fossil fuel projects

Environmental lobby groups urge development banks to align their lending with the Paris Agreement

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Wits researchers interpret brainwaves to give amputees a hand

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