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Science & Defence Technology

Australian scientists look at lasers to cull space junk

Space junk.It may sound like science fiction but an Australian team is working on a project to zap orbital debris with lasers from Earth to reduce the growing amount of space junk that threatens to knock out satellites with a "cascade of collisions".

SA satellite encounters space debris

A cubesat.After three months in orbit, SA's first cube satellite, developed by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and launched from Russia on 21 November 2013, experienced two very close encounters with defunct satellites in the last two days of its trip.

Electronic monitoring to expand

South African prisoners.The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) says national rollout of electronic monitoring will begin by July, once a tender process is concluded.

Fraudulent CSIR/SAPS website

Fraudulent CSIR/SAPS websiteA fraudulent website seeking personal information and using the CSIR and SAPS names is another indication of the opportunism displayed by hackers and potential cyber criminals and comes just a week after the CSIR and the SA Police Service announced a smart policing partnership.

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