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The first phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope in the Karoo could result in an inflow of R18bn into South Africa, says science & technology minister Derek Hanekom. “Preliminary estimates for the operations cost put the potential net foreign inflow into South Africa – for SKA phase one only

There was a bang, we think. About 14bn years ago, a tiny singularity — a point smaller than a pinhead and containing all the matter in our universe – exploded. We’re pretty sure. If we accept that the universe started with a bang – an “if” that is infinite and expanding at about 70km per second per megaparsec as you

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

In all of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) excitement, we’ve forgotten that it is first and foremost a scientific instrument, created to allow scientists to answer questions that can’t be answered with existing equipment: how are galaxies created? Are there other habitable planets? What is dark matter? What is

It is difficult to teach radio astronomy, which detects invisible radio waves, to students. It is not like optical astronomy where you can point a dish at the sky and stare at a star, says Anita Loots, associate director at Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa. “The concepts are abstract because you can’t

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

Losses at state-owned Broadband Infraco have widened substantially in the past year, with revenue collapsing by 40% on account of reduced business from the company’s largest customer, Neotel. Higher staff costs and increased network maintenance costs have hit the bottom line

The National Research Foundation’s three astronomical observatories have got together to form the South African Astroinformatics Alliance (SA³) to act as a “virtual observatory”. The three facilities are the South African Astronomical Observatory, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Square Kilometer Array

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

More than 100 years after Briton J Stuart Blackton made the first animated movie by drawing sketches on white paper, IBM Research has produced the smallest movie in the world, by creating pictures with atoms. Computers have become faster and are able to store more