Three oceans affect South Africa – the Atlantic, Indian and Southern – with cool and warm waters juxtaposed, giving rise to unique marine and land ecosystems. Studying these oceans with a view to forecasting their state is the work of the Nansen-Tutu Centre for Marine Environmental Research.
• Protecting South Africa's coastline pays off
A carbon-rich pebble found in the shifting sands of the Libyan Desert brings conclusive evidence of a comet hitting the Earth; the extra-terrestrial fragment also holds promise for exciting research into the very beginnings of our solar system.
• All systems go at the SKA
South Africa's biggest cities are putting in place plans to combat climate change, from mass transit systems to using methane from landfills for energy. They understand the need to work towards a low carbon future, and for this are in the running to be named Global Earth Hour Capital.
· SA’s sustainable transport bid
The da Vinci surgery robotic system has made its way to South African shores after 13 years on the international medical scene. Patients at Pretoria's Urology Hospital will soon find themselves able to opt for robotic surgery guided by a surgeon's hands.
∙ South Africa lead in mHealth
In the 19th century, Charles Darwin predicted that the origins of humankind would be traced back to Africa. With its rich fossil finds, the latest a new species called Australopithecus sebida, it seems the cradle is rightfully known as the birthplace of humanity.
• SA unearths new human ancestor