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According to the SA Burn Society, about 268 people in South Africa suffer from severe full-body burns each month. While many people die of the burn wounds, this is not because of the burns, but rather from the body's stress response to the burn and lack of skin.

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HIV/AIDS has been the scourge of humanity for over 20 years. With the introduction of antiretroviral drugs, the life span of the infected was dramatically increased, but we still do not have a cure.

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The psychological theory of behaviourism, which assumes that reinforcement and punishment can be used to change human (and animal) behaviour, has been proven many times over the past 50 years. While not the intention of a recent Stellenbosch University study, evidencing behaviourism was a by-product of the research, which focused on the speeding habits of minibus taxis in South Africa.

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There’s potentially good news for South Africa’s skills shortage: Hundreds of expats are seriously considering coming home.

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In 1915, when Einstein proposed his theory of relativity, he postulated gravitational waves, saying that all massive bodies distort space-time, like a heavy ball denting a rubber sheet, and that those distortions give rise to the phenomenon we experience as gravity.

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Last week’s State of the Nation Address was once again overshadowed by the same kind of heckling that South Africans saw last year. But while the Nkandla saga seems to finally be nearing a conclusion, the “Zupta” saga has just begun.

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A few months after South African archaeologists made international news – and history – with the announcement of the discovery of a “new” species of hominid, Homo Naledi, South African scientists have announced that they have successfully bred an animal that looks strikingly similar to the zebra-like horse known as a 'quagga'. The quagga was declared extinct in the 1880's as a result of over-hunting.

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South Africa is preparing itself for tougher economic times on the back of recent data indicating that the country’s growth is not meeting expectations. However, according to a recent column by Corporate Traveller, a company specialising in arranging business travel, not all industries are suffering equally, and spend on business travel indicates which sectors are bearing the brunt of a troubled economy, and which are growing in spite of it.

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A new report by the World Economic Forum, entitled The Future of Jobs, paints an interesting, bleak and futuristic picture of the world a mere four years from now. According to the report, approximately 7 million jobs will be lost by 2020 as a result of developments in genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics and other technological change, with only 2 million gained.

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