Facebook struggling to deal with ‘deepfake’ videos

27 June 2019, 6:47 AM
Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said Wednesday the leading social network is struggling to find ways to deal with "deepfake" videos which have the potential to deceive and manipulate users on a massive scale.
Popular contraceptive does not increase risk of HIV – study 13 June 2019, 7:29 PM

A study by conducted by Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes, or ECHO, has found no significant difference in the risk of HIV infection among women using popular birth control methods.

Global chemical weapons watchdog wants probe into leaked document 13 June 2019, 3:16 PM

The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog has ordered a probe into the leak of an internal paper which queried the body's findings into a 2018 attack in the Syrian town of Douma.

WHO officials
Second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda: Health official 13 June 2019, 11:12 AM

A 50-year-old woman who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda has died, a health ministry official told AFP Thursday, the second fatality since the virus spread from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Government urged to provide free sanitary towels 13 June 2019, 7:03 AM

Dozens of young girls participating at a hygiene dialogue in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape have urged the government to provide them with free sanitary towels.

Hong Kong protests
Telegram hit by cyber-attack, CEO points to HK protests, China 13 June 2019, 6:17 AM

Encrypted messaging service Telegram suffered a major cyber-attack that appeared to originate from China, the company's CEO said Thursday, linking it to the on-going political unrest in Hong Kong.

Calls for govt to address HIV/AIDS stigma 12 June 2019, 7:34 PM

Human Right activist and Treatment Action Campaign's Deputy General Secretary, Vuyokazi Gonyela, has called on government to address the stigma and discrimination perpetuated towards people living with HIV.

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Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda as virus spreads from DRCongo 12 June 2019, 2:14 PM

A five-year-old boy who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda has died, a health ministry official told AFP Wednesday as two of his family members also tested positive for the virus after a visit to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Complacency around HIV a concern 12 June 2019, 11:28 AM

Professor Andrew Robinson of the North West University says the introduction of Antiretroviral (ARV) HIV drugs is not the end of the epidemic.

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Uganda confirms first Ebola case during current outbreak: WHO 12 June 2019, 11:02 AM

Uganda has confirmed its first case of Ebola during the current outbreak, a 5-year-old Congolese child who is receiving care after arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

Plastic pollution is widespread: Study 12 June 2019, 7:30 AM

Plastic pollution is so widespread in the environment that you may be ingesting five grams a week, the equivalent of eating a credit card, a study commissioned by the environmental charity WWF International said on Wednesday.

No confirmed reports of swine flu outbreak in Gauteng 12 June 2019, 5:32 AM

The Gauteng Department of Health says there are no confirmed reports of a swine flu outbreak in the province. The Department is working closely with the National Institute of Communicable Disease to investigate claims of an outbreak.

UWC Physics student published in leading scientific journal 11 June 2019, 9:53 PM

The University of the Western Cape is celebrating the contribution of one of its physics students to the international world of nuclear physics. 

HIV among transgender, homosexual men on the increase 11 June 2019, 9:23 PM

The centre for the AIDS programme in South Africa says HIV new infections among gay men and transgender seems to be increasing drastically world-wide.

Monkeys die of suspected heatstroke as India suffers in searing temperatures 11 June 2019, 6:35 PM

A troop of monkeys died from suspected heatstroke in India as scorching temperatures that have lasted more than a week take a mounting toll on humans and animals, media reports said Saturday.

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The 9th SA AIDS Conference kicks off in Durban 11 June 2019, 9:52 AM

The 9th South Africa AIDS Conference will kick off on Tuesday at the Durban ICC with more than 3000 delegates from the health technology sector expected to attend.

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Environmental Affairs dept pleased with increasing dam levels in Western Cape 11 June 2019, 6:44 AM

The Department of Environmental Affairs says it’s pleased with the recent rainfall figures and the increasing dam levels in the Western Cape.

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SA AIDS Conference implores more focus for funding 10 June 2019, 4:47 PM

The Chairperson of the 9th SA AIDS Conference, Prof Refilwe Phaswana-Mafuya, has called on international funders to bring HIV/AIDS back on the funding agenda.

A researcher inserts a sample into a receptacle inside the "DNA Lab".
China to tighten rules on foreigners using genetic material 10 June 2019, 2:08 PM

China said on Monday it will tighten regulations on human genetic material, putting checks on the passing of it abroad and insisting that any foreign companies or institutes wanting to use it in their work do so with a Chinese partner.

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Climate activists blockade cruise ship in German port 10 June 2019, 12:25 PM

Climate activists using small boats and climbing equipment blockaded a cruise ship for six hours in a German harbour to protest against its carbon emissions, police said on Monday.

London retains strong lead in tech investment 10 June 2019, 6:16 AM

London-based technology companies attracted a record 2.56 billion pounds ($3.26 billion) in venture capital in the first six months of 2019, more than twice as much as those in Berlin, the Mayor of London’s investment agency said on Monday.

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Cape Town warned of gale force winds, veldfires 10 June 2019, 5:41 AM

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued a warning of gale force winds with a strong chance of runaway veldfires in most parts of the Western Cape on Monday.

Black Rhino
Eastern Cape strengthens efforts to conserve Black rhino 9 June 2019, 4:22 PM

An innovative Black rhino conservation project is on the go in the Eastern Cape.

Raytheon and United Technologies in merger talks: WSJ 9 June 2019, 8:13 AM

United Technologies Corp and US arms giant Raytheon are in talks over a merger deal that could create one of the world's biggest aerospace and defense companies, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

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South Africans celebrate World Oceans Day by cleaning up beaches 8 June 2019, 8:58 PM

With plastic polluting the oceans young people in Port Elizabeth began a massive clean-up to celebrate World Oceans Day.

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South Africans encouraged to donate blood 8 June 2019, 7:25 PM

South Africans are being encouraged to donate blood; this follows a serious shortage of blood stocks in the country.

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China to curb some technology exports to US 8 June 2019, 3:27 PM

China is preparing to curb some technology exports to the United States (US), the chief editor of China's Global Times newspaper said on Saturday.

Two Oceans Aquarium celebrates World Oceans Day 8 June 2019, 11:08 AM

The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town will celebrate World Oceans Day on Saturday morning with a Trash Bash at Hout Bay beach.

Video games battle for the cloud 8 June 2019, 7:39 AM

The knock-down, drag-out battle in the video game world heads to the cloud as the premier industry event looks to adapt to a consumer shift to streaming services.

Team of rangers to relocate lions on Saturday 8 June 2019, 6:38 AM

Limpopo Economic Development MEC, Thabo Mokone is expected on Saturday afternoon to lead a team of rangers who will dart and relocate a pride of 14 lions that have been on the loose in the premises of Foskor Mine in Phalaborwa.

G20 urged to speed up digital tax 8 June 2019, 6:24 AM

Top G20 finance officials agreed Saturday there was an urgent need to find a global system to tax internet giants like Google and Facebook but clashed on the best way to do it.