Google's plan for balloon-powered internet

Google's experimental Project Loon, launched in July, is a bold step providing internet access to the rural and remote areas using low orbiting balloons. So far from the experiments they have carried out one balloon can provide connectivity to an area about 40km in diameter at speeds as good as 3G. 

It’s complicated, but not difficult...

How do you explain a lot of complicated science to a group of people consisting mainly of non-scientists?

Minister opens Scifest 2017

There has never been a better time in history for Africans to develop solutions for our own challenges, particularly with the unprecedented growth in many sectors in the country, says Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor.

Raising hell, raising scientists

Put away the iPad. 
Play. Break stuff. Get into trouble.

From penknife to science Idol

Load-shedding is annoying, inconvenient and comes at great cost to the economy and society’s well-being.

Wind delays turbines

The highly anticipated Waainek Wind Power plant 6km outside Grahamstown on the Highlands road is soon to start generating wind power into electricity.

Sharks come to Grahamstown

“Every snake can bite you - but not all snakes can kill you. Sharks are the same: not all sharks are the killers they are perceived to be,” says shark specialist Steven Mabugama.

Hail storm knocks out power

A hailstorm on Tuesday 10 March left several parts of Grahamstown without power, according to municipal officials.

Research award for Rhodes scientist

Dr Sandile Khamanga recently received the Y2 Promising Young Researcher rating by the National Research Foundation. The award is given to researchers who have shown potential or who have established themselves. Grocott's Mail reporter Lucky Dlamini spoke to Khamanga about the award, and his work.

SCIFEST Nasa bigwigs for Scifest Africa

Visitors at this year’s Scifest Africa, South Africa’s National Science Festival, will have the opportunity to interact with a top-level NASA delegation including the American space agency’s Chief Scientist, Deputy Chief Technologist, Rosetta Mission Lead Project Scientist, and an astronaut who has logged more than 4 000 hours in space.