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SKA’s Fanaroff to retire

Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa director Bernie Fanaroff will retire at the end of next year. Former South African Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO Rob Adam will take over as “director designate” of the project, which will

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SA astronomers in significant space find

A team of South African astronomers have discovered a triple super-massive black hole system, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in South Africa said on Wednesday. “The discovery demonstrates that South Africa has the scientific and technical expertise to be a world leader in radio astronomy,” project director

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SKA upbeat despite German withdrawal

Germany has pulled out of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation, a blow to the project that plans to build the world’s largest radio telescope. But while insiders lament Germany’s withdrawal, they do not see it as a death knell for the project. With thousands of antennae spread across South Africa and Australia

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Sibisi, Gillwald named to broadband council

Communications minister Yunus Carrim has named CSIR president Sibusiso Sibisi and Research ICT Africa director Allison Gillwald as chair and deputy chair respectively of a new National Broadband Advisory Council, which has been established to advise the minister on the implementation of South Africa Connect

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S African to be first black ‘afronaut’

No one in Mandla Maseko’s family has ever stepped outside South Africa, but the young township deejay is set to rocket into space next year. From the dusty streets of Mabopane, near Pretoria, 25-year-old Maseko has landed a coveted seat to fly 103km into space in 2015, after

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SKA may change governance structure

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation is considering changing its governance structure to a treaty organisation because of tax. The organisation, comprising the countries that are financing the world’s biggest radio telescope, is currently a corporation

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Promise still lies in the stars

The wind picks up, blowing whorls of dust down the street. The men sitting on the side of the road avert their eyes and retreat further into the shade of the colonial-style building they are leaning against. This was a common sight in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape in 2011, before

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SKA takes long view on big data

As governments worry about how they will legislate the access to and analysis of “big data”, scientists are still trying to figure out how they’re going to cope with the deluge of information. “Big data is a very abused term that is bandied about a lot,” says Simon Ratcliffe, technical lead for scientific

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Countries haggle over SKA costs

Lengthy negotiations are underway to establish how much each country involved will pay for the first phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, MPs heard on Wednesday. “The big issue is the funding model,” SKA South Africa project director Bernie Fanaroff told members

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