Two drone enthusiasts have devised a new invention that allows drones to plant large numbers of seeds in minutes.
South African Andries Louw and Australian Andrew Walker built a pneumatic firing module that shoots seeds into soil.
It can spit out two seeds per second at velocities of anywhere between 150 and 300 metres per second. This is faster than the cruising speed of a passenger jet.
The module, called it Podder, can attach to the bottom of popular drone models. Louw and Walker estimate that a team of two, flying 2 drones, can plant up to 40,000 seeds into… read more
Working in cold conditions isn’t just uncomfortable, it can be dangerous. Frostbite, numbness, dehydration and hypothermia are real concerns from chilly outdoor weather. If you’re working outdoors this winter, be aware of the dangers and stay safe. In this article, we’re looking at 6 tips for staying safe in the cold.
1. STAY WELL NOURISHED BY EATING AND DRINKING ENOUGH Make sure to drink enough fluids, as you dehydrate faster in cold weather conditions. Dehydration causes headaches, dizziness and fatigue, and it’s important to stay alert outdoors. Eating enough food during the day,… read more
A rural farmer in Tanzania hovers over a wilting cassava plant with her phone. In seconds she gets a diagnosis of the disease affecting her plant and how best to manage it to boost her production.
The farmer used an app on her phone based on TensorFlow, Google’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine that the company opensourced to help developers create solutions to real-world problems.
When people think of Artificial Intelligence, they most likely think of scenes from science fiction movies, but in reality, it applies to everyday life from virtual assistants… read more
Prof Mashudu Tshifularo about innovation, he believes the world should invest in medical innovation for a healthier future.
Tshifularo recently became the first person in the world to transplant a 3D-printed bone into the middle ear of a patient with hearing loss.
But, he is expecting criticism from his academic colleagues.
“Let them come. No one has been doing it. This is unique,” says he man who became a professor at the former Medunsa University at 35.
Last week, Tshifularo, 55, and… read more
The AppsAfrica Innovation Awards – showcasing the continent’s most innovative ventures – provide winners with industry recognition, global publicity, and networking opportunities with over 300 industry peers at the awards ceremony in Cape Town on November 12. Winners are also invited to Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019 to join more than 400 tech leaders from across the continent.
The awards provide are open to corporates, established ventures or startups which have launched tech services in at least one African market.
Applicants must operate in one of the 14 categories covered… read more
Shireen Mentor, a 29-year-old resident of Montevideo, near Manenberg, has been named one of the world’s top young scientists.
Mentor, a PhD student from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) has just returned from a prestigious science conference in Germany, and is already preparing for her next visit to the USA.
Mentor’s five-day trip to Germany late last month came after being selected to attend the 68thLindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which is one of the most prestigious science conferences in the world.
She was one of six South African female scientists nominated… read more
If you would like someone to defend you in a court case, would you keep switching lawyers? If you would like a stable, nurturing marriage, would you repeatedly get divorced and re-married? If you would like a winning team or company, would you hire only interim coaches or CEOs?
If you answered “no” to any of the above, then you can see why the findings from a recently published study in BMJ Open are not surprising. Researchers from St Leonard’s Practice (Denis J. Pereira Gray, Kate Sidaway-Lee, and Eleanor White), University of Exeter (Angus Thorne), and the University of… read more
A total full moon eclipse which will be viewable from multiple continents including most of Africa, according to NASA, is happening on 27 July.
This lunar eclipse will be primarily visible from the world’s Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand).
The local times of the eclipse are available at TimeandDate.com (remember to put your place or country in the search box).
The eclipse will take place at or around midnight for Madagascar and the Middle East. Europe and Africa will view it sometime between sunset and midnight on 27 July, whereas… read more
In South Africa, there is still a shortage of qualified graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), which has led to a huge need in these industries for talented people with relevant knowledge and skills.
“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world,” said former US president Barack Obama at a White House Science Fair in March 2015.
Aiming to inspire… read more
The library is one of many sustainable development projects run by the wind farm in the communities within its geographic footprint in the Kouga region since launching in 2015.
Inspecting the progress on the project are community members (from left) Ragel Goeda, Babalwa Sahluko and Nozuko Ntshota, who have benefited from another of the wind farm’s community projects – the Rainmakers women empowerment programme.
The seven-month programme has seen groups of women from the Sea Vista, Umzamowethu, KwaNomzamo and Kruisfontein communities undergoing specific skills development and… read more