Virgin Galactic takes crew of three to altitude of 55 miles

23 February 2019, 1:47 PM
Virgin Galactic's spacecraft reached an altitude of more than 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) on Friday, carrying for the first time a passenger in addition to its two pilots.
Fateh Submarine
Iran unveils new Fateh submarine armed with cruise missile 17 February 2019, 4:43 PM

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated a new, domestically-built submarine armed with cruise missiles at a time of rising tensions with its arch-enemy the United States.

Blizzard in China.
Authorities offer relief as blizzards continue to ravage China 17 February 2019, 7:05 AM

Authorities offer relief to help local herdsmen as blizzards continue to ravage Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China's Qinghai Province.

NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia 16 February 2019, 3:14 PM

NASA said on Friday it was weighing an option to buy two additional astronaut seats aboard a Russian rocket as a contingency plan against further delays in the launch systems being developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Boeing Co.

Incan Tomb
Archaeologists discover Incan tomb in Peru 16 February 2019, 8:56 AM

Peruvian archaeologists discovered an Incan tomb in the north of the country where an elite member of the pre-Columbian empire was buried, one of the investigators announced Friday.

Antarctic ice shelves: Searching for clues on climate change 15 February 2019, 9:43 PM

In a remote island outpost on the edge of the Antarctic, hundreds of miles from the southern tip of Chile, scientists at a research base are scouring the ice for clues about everything from climate change to cures for cancer.

Many areas in Bloemfontein inaccessible due to heavy rains 15 February 2019, 8:42 PM

The Mangaung Metro municipality in Bloemfontein has activated its Joint Operation Committee to deal with challenges caused by recent heavy rains.

A girl cries as she receives a measles vaccine.
Hundred children die in DR Congo measles outbreak 15 February 2019, 2:28 PM

More than a hundred children in Democratic Republic of Congo have died of measles since the start of the year, an outbreak that has added to deadly epidemics of cholera and Ebola, the UN said on Wednesday.

German retailer Metro AG sign is seen on the steps of their headquarters in Duesseldorf, Germany.
China’s Alibaba in talks with Germany’s Metro 15 February 2019, 9:24 AM

Alibaba’s interest on German company Metro comes after rival Tencent last year signed a partnership deal with France’s Carrefour.

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Facebook taps user data to defend workers from threat 15 February 2019, 6:28 AM

Facebook gathers intelligence from its platform to identify people who threaten the firm or its workers, the social network said Thursday in response to media reports of the security tactic.

Emergency Services on high alert amid heavy rains 14 February 2019, 10:17 PM

Emergency services departments in the northern parts of the country are on high alert after the South African Weather Service issued a warning of heavy rains and localised flooding earlier on Thursday.

Hot, dry conditions to persist in most parts of Cape Town 14 February 2019, 3:43 PM

The South African Weather Service says the hot and dry condition that Cape Town is currently experiencing is expected to persist into Friday.

Gloria Coal Mine
Toxic gas severely hampering recovery operations at Gloria Mine 14 February 2019, 2:19 PM

Officials involved in the recovery operation at the Gloria Coal Mine in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, say high levels of methane gas underground pose the risk of another explosion.

Emergency services on high alert due to heavy rains 14 February 2019, 12:53 PM

Emergency services personnel across Gauteng have been put on high alert following warnings of heavy rainfall which could led to flash floods.

The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London.
Google to spend over $13 billion on US data centers, offices 14 February 2019, 11:19 AM

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it would spend more than $13 billion on data centers. With the new investment Google will now be in 24 out of the 50 states in the US.

A 3D printed Apple logo is seen in front of a displayed cyber code in this illustration.
Software pirates use Apple tech to put hacked apps on iPhones 14 February 2019, 6:43 AM

Illicit software distributors have found ways to use digital certificates to get access to a program Apple introduced to let corporations distribute business apps to their employees without going through Apple’s tightly controlled App Store.

Radio Studio
SABC commemorates World Radio Day 13 February 2019, 7:29 PM

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) says 2019's celebration of World Radio Day, underscores the medium's ability to encourage understanding and foster new perspectives.

Consumers look to alternative energy supplies 13 February 2019, 5:21 PM

Consumers in areas affected by loadshedding in and around Pretoria have resorted to using alternative energy supplies.

‘Pineapple Express’ from Hawaii set to soak California 13 February 2019, 12:00 PM

California is bracing for its wet test storm of the winter as the "Pineapple Express" is set to dump upto 8 inches (20 cm) of rain and 8 feet (2.44 m) of snow on areas of the state, raising risks of flooding and mudslides, meteorologists said.

Twitter CEO says tech firms have not combated abuse enough 13 February 2019, 10:50 AM

Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said on Tuesday that Silicon Valley companies, including his own, have not done enough to protect victims of online abuse, calling it a “huge fail.”

More women take up chemistry 13 February 2019, 6:41 AM

The number of women taking up chemistry as a career is on the increase in South Africa.

SA’s health system on the verge of collapse: Ramaphosa 12 February 2019, 9:27 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country's health system is at a tipping point and something should be done urgently to save it from collapse.

Minister says department will lead 4th industrial revolution 12 February 2019, 5:04 PM

The minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, says that the Ministry of Communications has been mandated to spearhead and lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution, working with other stakeholders within and outside government. Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams participated in a meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services earlier on Tuesday. This was the first engagement between […]

Surgeons in surgical room with surgical equipment
Mediclinic donates surgical equipment to Free State health dept 12 February 2019, 3:06 PM

Pelononi and Universitas hospitals in the Free State have received a shot in the arm with a donation of surgical equipment worth R500 000 from the Medi-Clinic Southern Africa.

School learners
Township learners struggle with science due to poor comprehension: Study 12 February 2019, 12:30 PM

A new study reveals that South African township learners struggle with science because of poor reading and comprehension skills.

Minister Kubayi-Ngubane
Women must not shy away from science, technology: Minister 12 February 2019, 6:15 AM

Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says women must not shy away science, technology and mathematics.

E-cigarette use ‘skyrocketing’ among young Americans: official 11 February 2019, 9:04 PM

The number of young Americans using e-cigarettes grew by 1.5 million in 2018, undermining years of progress in reducing youth smoking, health authorities said Monday.

A resident fills a plastic kettle with water from a communal tap
W Cape urges residents to use water sparingly 11 February 2019, 5:51 PM

The Western Cape Department of Local Government and Environmental Affairs has urged residents in the province to continue using water sparingly, even if the water situation is better than this time last year.

Scientists use AI to help children sold for sex in hotels 11 February 2019, 5:12 PM

Scientists are hoping artificial intelligence (AI) can help identify and rescue child victims of sex trafficking via an app and more than a million crowdsourced pictures of hotel rooms.

Paris seeks $14 million from Airbnb for illegal adverts 11 February 2019, 6:31 AM

The City of Paris is suing Airbnb for publishing 1,000 illegal rentals adverts, which could cost the American rental website more than 12.5 million euros ($14 million), the mayor of Paris told a newspaper in an interview published on Sunday. Under French law, home owners in Paris can rent out their places on short-term rental […]

Climate change seen as top threat 11 February 2019, 5:55 AM

Climate change is the top security concern in a poll conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre, followed by Islamist terrorism and cyber-attacks while respondents in a growing number of countries worried about the power and influence of the United States.