Science

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Hope for HIV vaccine being tested in South Africa

While it’s too soon to be confident, a vaccine originally tested in Thailand has shown promising early results

By Elsabé Brits - 20 September 2019
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Ambitious plans underway for homegrown South African climate change model

“We should not just sit and wait for others to bring us solutions. We should be part of the solution.”

By Tony Carnie - 29 July 2019
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HIV drug studies offer patients more choices

But new regimens are not problem-free

By Nathan Geffen - 26 July 2019
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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