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South African scientists open new doors for studying defects in diamonds

Dr Jaco Olivier and Prof Jan Neethling from the Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth are celebrating their recent publication in the prestigious Nature Materials*. The paper has caused quite a stir in the scientific community, with a commentary in Nature Materials news & views** and over one thousand views on LinkedIn.

What led to the world’s worst listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

South Africa has had the biggest listeriosis outbreak in the world that resulted in more than 180 deaths to date. The Conversation Africa’s health editor Candice Bailey spoke to Prof Lise Korsten about the challenges around food safety in the country.

What’s challenging about the pathogen that causes listeriosis?

Wordless Picture Books Encourage Parent-Child Reading

The ability to read is a fundamental necessity to function in today’s modern society. It is a vital skill that can enhance success in schooling, career and improve one’s life. Many of us will be able to recall the enjoyment of being read to and sharing reading with our parents. This practice of reading at home goes on to pave the way for lifelong learning through the development of good reading habits.

Invasive plants have a much bigger impact than we imagine

Most people would agree that invasive plants are unwanted. Invasive plants are plants that are intentionally or accidentally introduced by humans into areas outside of their natural habitat. These species can spread rapidly with negative consequences for native species.

SAAO Observes First Optical Counterpart of a Gravitational Wave Source

Following on from the major global announcement in October 2016 on the discovery of the first electromagnetic counterpart of a gravitational wave source, named GW170817, this new paper has just been published on observations undertaken at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), which are compared to the latest model predictions.  On 16 October 2017, the SAAO  together with many other observatories world-wide, announced the important discovery of the first gravitational wave source counterpart (see:

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NRF Science Matters

South African scientists open new doors for studying defects in diamonds

Dr Jaco Olivier and Prof Jan Neethling from the Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth are celebrating their recent publication in the prestigious Nature Materials*. The paper has caused quite a stir in the scientific community, with a commentary in Nature Materials news & views** and over one thousand views on LinkedIn.

What led to the world’s worst listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

South Africa has had the biggest listeriosis outbreak in the world that resulted in more than 180 deaths to date. The Conversation Africa’s health editor Candice Bailey spoke to Prof Lise Korsten about the challenges around food safety in the country.

What’s challenging about the pathogen that causes listeriosis?

Wordless Picture Books Encourage Parent-Child Reading

The ability to read is a fundamental necessity to function in today’s modern society. It is a vital skill that can enhance success in schooling, career and improve one’s life. Many of us will be able to recall the enjoyment of being read to and sharing reading with our parents. This practice of reading at home goes on to pave the way for lifelong learning through the development of good reading habits.

Invasive plants have a much bigger impact than we imagine

Most people would agree that invasive plants are unwanted. Invasive plants are plants that are intentionally or accidentally introduced by humans into areas outside of their natural habitat. These species can spread rapidly with negative consequences for native species.

SAAO Observes First Optical Counterpart of a Gravitational Wave Source

Following on from the major global announcement in October 2016 on the discovery of the first electromagnetic counterpart of a gravitational wave source, named GW170817, this new paper has just been published on observations undertaken at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), which are compared to the latest model predictions.  On 16 October 2017, the SAAO  together with many other observatories world-wide, announced the important discovery of the first gravitational wave source counterpart (see:

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