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There is no assault on academic excellence – Professor Bozzoli got it wrong

Writes Dr Molapo Qhobela 

 

Professor Belinda Bozzoli got it wrong in her opinion piece, misleadingly titled New assault on academic excellence – research grants cut amid funding shortage. The piece disingenuously focused only on one funding instrument that is aimed at incentivising researchers and ignored the main instruments for funding research and human capacity development used by the National Research Foundation, says DR MOLAPO QHOBELA.

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SALT helps study new nova 200 000 light years from Earth

A multinational group of astronomers has discovered what might be the brightest nova (a luminous stellar eruption) ever observed. This mighty eruption was first detected on 14 October 2016 by the MASTER-instrument in Argentina. Since then it has attracted the interests of astronomers around the world, who have pointed their ground-based and space telescopes in an attempt to understand the different aspects of the eruption.

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iThemba LABS Celebrates 30 years of Operating a Nuclear Physics Accelerator (Separated Sector Cyclotron)

iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS), a national research facility managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF), will be celebrating 30 years of operations with the Separated Sector Cyclotron (SSC), an accelerator which produces particle beams for nuclear physics research, particle therapy research as well as for the production of radioisotopes. The event will take place on Friday, 13 October 2017 in Cape Town.

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