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Whether or not we agree with it, we’re all pretty used to the idea of genetic engineering. Our food chain is full of GM crops and pretty soon we may be genetically modified ourselves. But synthetic biology takes the idea even further. Instead of merely modifying existing organisms, synthetic biology aims to create entirely new organisms

You wouldn’t think Travis Rich was about to disrupt the entire communications industry. A lanky MIT student with sandy brown hair and an easy smile, Rich looks like just another eager college kid. But he has the kind of idea that is as revolutionary as it is simple

Ewan Sutherland, visiting adjunct professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, says corruption has become endemic in the telecommunications industry worldwide — and particularly in emerging markets. He says it’s becoming vital that this corruption

Most of us take it for granted that we own our own bodies. The establishment of human rights took care of that issue two centuries ago. But what about our DNA, the most basic building block of our bodies? We spread our DNA wherever we go, shedding skin flakes

The Servant (1963) is one of those films that it is impossible to forget — a merciless dissection of the relationship between a scheming valet (played by Dirk Bogarde) and his dissolute master (James Fox). The valet exploits his master’s weaknesses until he turns the tables: the story ends with a cringing Fox ministering

As electricity prices continue soaring, low-powered LED lighting is fast becoming a hot-button topic in SA. But the subject is highly complex. In a second in a series aimed at helping consumers and businesses understand the technology better, TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod sat down with Osram SA technical manager

MTN Group expects to add more than 20m subscribers in the next 12 months, taking its customer base from 164,5m to 184,8m by the end of the year. In 2011, the JSE-listed mobile group, which has operations in 21 countries across Africa and the Middle East, grew its subscriber base by 16,2% to 164,5m. It expects to

The ruling ANC wants a broad overhaul of policy and regulation in SA’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector to grow the industry and ensure universal access to broadband and other technologies. In a detailed overview of the sector, tabled on Monday

Cellular operator MTN has warned that the Independent Communications Authority of SA’s (Icasa’s) draft proposals for licensing of spectrum in high-demand spectrum bands have the “high risk” of leading to “regulatory failure”. Efficient licensing of spectrum in the two bands in question

Cell C has slammed telecommunications regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), over its invitation to apply for valuable radio frequency spectrum, accusing the authority of opening itself up to legal challenge and of producing a document “so vague so as to not be capable of proper interpretation”