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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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Massive spin-off for tiny atom film

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

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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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SKA to drive cognitive computing

IBM has partnered with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (Astron) to develop high-speed but low-powered “exascale” computers that will meet the enormous demands of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. The

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R1,9bn for SKA, MeerKAT telescopes

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and MeerKAT radio telescope projects have been allocated R1,9bn over the next three years, according to the 2013 national budget tabled by finance minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday. A large portion of the international SKA project

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DA report card: Pule gets an ‘E’

The opposition Democratic Alliance’s annual report card of the cabinet is in, and communications minister Dina Pule has not emerged well, receiving an “E” for her performance in 2012.

“Pule’s involvement in the ICT Indaba scandal and her hand in the year of missed opportunities at Telkom

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Hanekom’s plans for science & technology

Derek Hanekom has taken over the department of science & technology after eight years as its deputy. Where does your interest in science come from?
I found my school years easy, but I wasn’t a model pupil, for sure, and never did my homework. I gravitated towards the humanities and started with law

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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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SKA changes Africa’s image – Pandor

SA as the major location for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope changes the character of Africa, minister of science & technology Naledi Pandor said on Friday. “Who comes to Africa to actually do their best research? People come here to examine us, to find out

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Super telescope to inspire young scientists

Excitement surges through a school hall set in the vast SA outback as rows of children roar “S-K-A” on a chilly winter morning. The shout-out is for the world’s most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array, to be built 80km from Carnarvon along a dirt road that winds through scrubby, dry farmland into isolation

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