General

General

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Did you know that Virtual Reality (VR) joins satellites, rockets and space stations as technologies born of science fiction?

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Engineering inventions in digital image sensors resulted in Eric Fossum (USA), George Smith (USA), Nobukazu Teranishi (Japan) and Michael Tompsett (UK) being awarded the 2017 £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. Their innovations are part of the technology revolution that has “revolutionised the way images are captured and analysed”, and have “dramatically changed the way we communicate, enabling us to share information instantaneously and communicate around the world in real-time, even on our phones,” the judges said.

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The student protests that rocked the country last year had at their heart the lack of government funding for tertiary education. Economists, sociologists, politicians, and almost every other person in the country had – and voiced – an opinion, while the students repeatedly bemoaned the lack of dialogue offered by the powers that be.

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Whether it’s for homes or offices, space is at a premium these days. As living and working spaces have become smaller, a number of innovative companies have come up with solutions to save space. These range from compact, modular furniture solutions such as a small cube that turns into a coffee table and stools, to a new modular and temporary means of construction.

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A recent report by Oxfam SA states that the wealth of three South African billionaires is equal to that of the bottom half of the country's population. This ratio is slightly higher than the global average: the world’s eight richest men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world.

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Genetic engineering is seen by many to be a nascent science, but one that promises to change humanity as well as the world we live in. While many researchers are focusing on using genetic engineering to improve food sources, others are concentrating on eliminating diseases.

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With over 37 million people living with HIV/AIDS, research into both cures and preventative measures are seemingly slow – with anti-retroviral drugs being the only reasonably effective treatment so far. The latest attempt in the long, frustrating search for a vaccine is doing a trial run locally, with a beefed-up version of the only vaccine ever to show a chance of protecting against the disease being administered to the test subjects.

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This week saw the release of the second annual South African Citizen’s Bribery Survey by the Ethics Institute, and the results were hardly surprising for average citizens. According to the report, the number of people asked for a bribe has risen, as has the average cost of a bribe - R2201.00.

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For all the problems that technology has sought to solve, there remains a particularly intractable one in South Africa: The violence and crime that comes with weapons – legal and illegal. With over 56 000 cases of aggravated robbery reported between 2015 and 2016, and more than 623 000 so-called contact crimes in the same period, the almost 15 000 known cases of illegal possession of a firearm indicate that there are many more guns out there.

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Magazines

African Fusion

AfricanFusionAfrican Fusion, the official publication of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), aims to provide up-to-date insight into welding technology and the welding industry.

Capital Equipment News

Capital Equipment News is dedicated to the application of equipment and modes of transport that are used in the mining, construction, quarrying, and transport industries.

Construction World

ConstructionWorldConstruction World was first published in 1982 and has grown to become a leader in its field, offering a unique mix of editorial coverage to satisfy the diverse needs of its readers.

Electricity + Control

ElectricityandControlE + C publishes innovative, technical articles that provide solutions to engineering challenges in measurement, automation, control, and energy management.

Lighting in Design

LightingandDesignLighting in Design is a glossy, upmarket publication aimed at lighting professionals. It is the only B2B magazine in SA that is dedicated solely to the subject of lighting.

MechChem Africa

MechChemJanuary2017cover MechChem Africa supports African engineering and technical managers across the full spectrum of chemical and mechanical disciplines.

Modern Mining

ModernMiningEstablished in 2005, Modern Mining is one of SA's leading monthly mining magazines, noted for the quality and accuracy of its writing and the breadth of its coverage.

Modern Quarrying

ModernQuarryingModern Quarrying is firmly entrenched as a leading industry-specific magazine. It focuses on promoting the science and practice of quarrying and processing in southern Africa.

Sparks Electrical News

SparksElectricalNewsReadable and informative, Sparks Electrical News is the newspaper for those involved in installing and maintaining electrical supplies and equipment.

 
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