Science

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South African researchers develop quicker way to detect drug resistance

Local man develops resistance to new TB medicine despite good adherence

By Elsabé Brits - 10 July 2019
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Quack claims about oxygen treatment are dangerous

Charlatans exploit patients for financial gain, say doctors

By Natasha Bolognesi - 15 March 2019
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South Africa’s KAT has begun prowling the universe

MeerKAT is tuning into thousands of “radio channels” at a time

By Elsabé Brits - 5 March 2019
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Stellenbosch builds world class institute to investigate deadly diseases

R1 billion Biomedical Research Institute will be ready by 2022

By Elsabé Brits - 15 February 2019
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Is Zandvliet poisoning Capetonians?

A nearby community is convinced it is, but test results are inconclusive

Text by Daneel Knoetze. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 1 February 2019
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How the SKA is helping South Africa

Northern Cape towns benefit from one of the world’s largest astronomy projects

By Elsabé Brits - 24 January 2019
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Karoo project will unlock universe’s mysteries

A massive but simple telescope is being made from wire mesh, PVC and telephone poles

By Elsabé Brits - 24 January 2019
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Was the water shortage caused by farmers, city dwellers or drought?

We have analysed the data, and can now answer this question

By Piotr Wolski - 19 July 2018
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Why do informal settlements get cluttered with litter?

UCT survey of Island in Khayelitsha provides some answers

By Emma Green - 29 June 2018
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HIV treatment programme doing well but long way to go

About 60% of South Africans with HIV have started antiretrovirals

By Ashleigh Furlong - 26 June 2018
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H₂O International’s motives not pure

The purifying company’s South African franchise has made unproven claims about municipal water

By Eryn Scannell and GroundUp Staff - 16 May 2018
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Herbex made unproven claims about weight loss products

Advertising Standards Authority uses its fangs again after years of litigation

By Annie Cebulski and Eryn Scannell - 10 April 2018
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How a journalist took an ethical stand and risked her job

Natasha Bolognesi refused to edit a bogus article

By George Claassen - 9 April 2018
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Will there be more rain this winter?

The sooner we know the answer, the sooner we can prepare for summer 2019

By Peter Johnston and Piotr Wolski - 15 March 2018
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Killing rats: a clash of values

NSPCA and city’s residents disagree on how to do pest control

By Nicoli Nattrass, Jed Stephens and Jorich Loubser - 23 February 2018
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Is Cape Town’s drought the new normal?

Here is what climate science tells us

By Piotr Wolski - 1 November 2017