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SA students are supercomputing champions

South Africa has won an international student supercomputing competition, beating world leaders China and the US. The fastest supercomputer is in China, the Tianhe-2, and runs at about 33,86 petaflops. Many countries say they intend to break the exaflop barrier in the next few decades. For some context

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SKA science ‘revolutionary’

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope is one of the most exciting science projects of the century, project director Bernie Fanaroff said on Tuesday. “The science is as evolutionary and exciting as the work being done at Cern (European Organisation for Nuclear Research),” he told delegates at a New Age

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SA eyes fund for super telescope

SA has started negotiations with foreign partners to help fund the construction of the world’s next generation radio telescope, officials said ahead of a visit by President Jacob Zuma Tuesday. SA is building the world’s most powerful radio astronomy telescope — the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) — which is set to dwarf any other existing

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Bernie Fanaroff: star of the SKA show

When Bernie Fanaroff graduated in physics from the University of the Witwatersrand, he went to his department head and said he would like to be a cosmologist. “I was always interested in the universe but I was never very practical, so I never built a telescope or looked at the stars or anything,” he said

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SKA: ‘Africa is ready’

Signs are good that SA will defeat Australia in the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project. This comes after Australia lodged five complaints with the SKA Organisation — a body comprising the member countries of the project — and the Australian press reported the findings of a confidential report

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Debate over SKA site still raging

An international consortium planning to build the world’s most powerful radio telescope is still debating whether SA or Australia should host the US$2bn project, an official said Friday. Scientists hope the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, will shed new light

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MeerKAT radio telescope a step closer

An international panel of experts has declared that the MeerKAT radio telescope being built by the SA team preparing SA’s bid for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) has passed its “preliminary design review” with “distinction”. MeerKAT is a 64-dish radio telescope