China launches second crewed mission to build space station

18 October 2021, 1:01 PM
China on Saturday launched a rocket carrying three astronauts - two men and one woman - to the core module of a future space station where they will live and work for six months, the longest orbit for Chinese astronauts.
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US public health ‘word ban’ sparks outrage 17 December 2017, 9:29 AM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s reported move to ban words including “fetus,” “diversity” and “transgender” in budget-related documents triggered outrage, astonishment and calls for the decision to be reversed Saturday. The Washington Post reported Friday that policy analysts were told at a meeting of the forbidden terms, which one analyst said also […]

Hamburger chain Wendy’s to reduce antibiotic use in beef supply 16 December 2017, 5:37 PM

Hamburger chain Wendy’s Co laid out plans on Friday to trim the use of antibiotics that are important to human medicine from its beef supply, the latest step by a food company to fight concerns about resistance to the drugs in people. Starting in 2018, the company will buy about 15 percent of its beef […]

E Cape concerned over rising deaths of initiates 15 December 2017, 8:27 PM

The Eastern Cape Health Department says it is concerned about the rising deaths of initiates.

Uber investor departs venture firm amid harassment claims 15 December 2017, 6:26 AM

Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber Technologies Inc, said on Thursday that he would sever ties with his venture capital company, Sherpa Capital, after being accused of sexual misconduct. Pishevar, who has denied the accusations, said in a statement provided by his lawyer that he was voluntarily leaving Sherpa […]

Indonesia’s asbestos ‘time bomb’ 14 December 2017, 5:26 PM

The symptoms were mild and seemingly innocuous at first: mostly coughing and fatigue.

Rhino poaching on the increase in KwaZulu-Natal 14 December 2017, 12:09 PM

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife says it is continuing to closely monitor its game reserves as the number of rhino poached in the province climbs to 218.

Harry Potter in the sky? Bid to inspire young stargazers 13 December 2017, 6:55 PM

British astronomers have come up with a new set of constellations inspired by modern-day figures such as Harry Potter and Usain Bolt in an attempt to teach children about the layout of the universe.

UN warns of surging e-waste, little recycling 13 December 2017, 6:02 PM

The UN warned Wednesday that waste from discarded electronics like mobile phones, laptops and refrigerators is piling up worldwide, and it urged far better recycling of the often hazardous rubbish.

UNEA commits to ending amount of lead in paints 13 December 2017, 4:06 PM

Environment ministers who attended the just-ended United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) have committed to ending the amount of lead in paints

Mokonyane guarantees water supply to defaulting municipalities 13 December 2017, 4:00 PM

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has guaranteed the continuation of running water in households who qualify for the basic daily water supply of 35 litres per person to 30 municipalities that still owe more than R10 billion for bulk water supply.

KZN braces for more bad weather 13 December 2017, 1:22 PM

Residents of KwaZulu-Natal have been urged to heed storm warnings as more bad weather is expected over the next few days.

Residents concerned about delays in Taung Skull World Heritage Site 12 December 2017, 2:12 PM

Residents of Buxton Village near Taung in the North West are in the dark about the slow progress on the upgrade of the Taung Skull World Heritage Site which was included in the cradle of humankind world heritage site listing.

Tasmanian tiger doomed long before humans came along 12 December 2017, 7:43 AM

Tasmanian tiger was doomed long before humans began hunting the enigmatic marsupial, scientists said on Tuesday, with DNA sequencing showing it was in poor genetic health for thousands of years before its extinction.

SA poultry group calls for probe into forced labour in Brazil 12 December 2017, 6:21 AM

South Africa's poultry industry body has asked the government to investigate allegations of forced labour in the sector in Brazil, the world's largest poultry exporter.

Environmentalist challenge Durban park development 11 December 2017, 9:31 PM

The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance has asked the Durban High Court to set aside authorisation for the development of a 3-point-5 billion rand logistics park on the Clairwood Racecourse site.

More rain to hit most parts of SA 11 December 2017, 7:20 AM

The South African weather services say most parts of the country will be experiencing rainfall through-out the day.

Sedibeng rural women access crucial healthcare tests 10 December 2017, 8:08 PM

Rural women of the Sedibeng village outside Kuruman have had a rare opportunity to access crucial healthcare tests.

Major recall of Lactalis baby milk over salmonella fears 10 December 2017, 6:02 PM

French baby-milk maker Lactalis and health authorities have ordered a major international product recall because of fears of salmonella contamination following 26 cases of children falling sick in France.

Anti-nuclear group receives Nobel Prize as NKorea crisis escalates 10 December 2017, 5:06 PM

The winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), on Sunday voiced alarm about an "extremely dangerous situation" in North Korea, shortly before receiving the award in Oslo

Listeriosis detected in the Eastern Cape 9 December 2017, 1:25 PM

Two cases of meningitis linked to the listeriosis disease outbreak have been confirmed in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

Northern Cape municipalities avert water closures 9 December 2017, 7:30 AM

The Northern Cape Water and Sanitation department says two big municipalities in the province have averted water disruptions.

Pfizer breast cancer drug superior to chemotherapy in Phase III study 8 December 2017, 8:44 PM

Patients with advanced breast cancer tied to an inherited gene mutation who were treated with an experimental Pfizer Inc drug went about three months longer before their disease worsened than those who received chemotherapy in a late stage study, according to data released on Friday. The drug, talazoparib, a once daily pill that Pfizer acquired […]

KZN health HoD quits 8 December 2017, 3:06 PM

KwaZulu-Natal's head of the Department of Health Dr Sifiso Mtshali has resigned with immediate effect.

W Cape sees steady decline in avian flu cases 8 December 2017, 9:22 AM

The Western Cape Ministry of Agriculture says there have been no new cases of avian influenza reported in the province.

Teams assess flood damage in KZN 8 December 2017, 7:09 AM

Disaster teams in KwaZulu-Natal are assessing the effects of flooding that has left several roads closed and some homes damaged in KwaDukuza on the north coast, among other places. 

Scientists urged to market Africa 7 December 2017, 8:16 PM

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have urged role players in the science and technology community to put Africa on the international map.

Heatwave conditions in Cape Town 7 December 2017, 2:45 PM

The Cape Town Weather Office has called on people to remain hydrated and to avoid the outdoors as the province experiences heat wave conditions.

KZN rain brings relief and damage 7 December 2017, 12:17 PM

The KwaZulu-Natal dams have received at least 50 millimetres of rainfall in the past 24 hours. Forecasters measured the total rainfall speed at a staggering 80%.

Forum focusses on science, technology and innovation 7 December 2017, 12:08 PM

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver a keynote address at the Third International Science Forum in SA which will be hosted on Thursday at the CSIR International Conventional Centre.

Joburg pushes to prevent spread of Listeria 7 December 2017, 10:11 AM

The City of Johannesburg has dispatched Outbreak Response Teams to all regions to help educate the public on how to prevent the spread of Listeria.