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Chinese smart tech fraught with risk

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Chinese technology firms have been peddling “safe city” and “smart city” packages of technology in Africa for years. Suites of interconnected products and services...

Direction Finding Antennas and Accuracy: Part 2

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In the previous blog post we considered some of the ways in which we can express the performance of an DF antenna, and we...

CSIR EW simulation training tool to evaluate infrared missile threats

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South Africa’s premier research and development agency – the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) - with commercialisation and industrialisation at the forefront...

Aerostat to protect German base in Niger

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The German Bundeswehr has placed a €21 million order with Rheinmetall for an aerostat-based area reconnaissance system for protecting a forward operating base in...

Ugandan opposition, activists denounce digital car tracker plan

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A move by Uganda's government to install digital tracking devices on vehicles to help fight rampant crime has been denounced by rights advocates and...

Radar to come under the spotlight at Radar Interest Group conference

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The South African Radar Interest Group (SARIG) will be hosting its biennial Radar Conference on 20 October and in anticipation has issued a call...

Defence and defence industry applications for CSIR surveillance system

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Surveillance and protection of assets, be they publicly or privately owned or managed, is ongoing with the brainpower of the Council for Scientific and...

Rolls-Royce partners with Shell in sustainable aviation fuel push

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British engineering company Rolls-Royce said it would partner with oil company Shell to work on the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in line...

Nuclear science utilized to protect African rhino

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On 13 May the innovative anti-poaching “Rhisotope Project” was launched. The project, based on nuclear science, seeks to introduce radioactive isotopes into a rhino’s...

Faraway NASA probe detects the eerie hum of interstellar space

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The classic 1979 sci-fi horror film "Alien" was advertised with the memorable tagline, "In space no can hear you scream." It did not say...
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NASA extracts breathable oxygen from thin Martian air

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NASA has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars: converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen, the...

Direction Finding Antennas and Accuracy – Part 1: Accuracy and Sensitivity

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It is sometimes said that: “If you can’t convince them, confuse them!”.  Nowhere is this more apparent than the minefield which is antenna datasheets...

Construction of space weather centre launched in Hermanus

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The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has officially started construction of a new 24-hour state-of-the-art Regional Space Weather Centre in Hermanus. The start of...

SANDF concludes 2020 Defence Engineering, Science and Technology conference

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The annual Defence Engineering, Science and Technology Conference (DESTC) 2020 held last month in Thaba Tshwane saw members from all South African National Defence...

CSIR marks 75 years of improving South African lives

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) reached a significant milestone as 5 October marked 75 years of existence. Establish in 1945, the CSIR...

Praise for Limpopo learner who invented anti-GBV tool

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Limpopo Education MEC Polly Boshielo has commended a learner who has invented a device to help curb human trafficking and gender-based violence (GBV). Bohlale Mphahlele,...

AlphaDogfight trials foreshadow future of human-machine symbiosis

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A small Maryland company took first place in August's AlphaDogfight Trials Final event, a three-day competition designed to demonstrate advanced algorithms capable of performing...

Scientific imaging association launched in SA

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The rapid technological growth in the field of scientific imaging and an increasing need to understand its complexities has seen a specialist association established...

Protecting vehicles with water

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Ever wondered what happens if you blow up a fluid-filled container? Creative thinkers from Australia's Department of Defence have shown that water can help...

Hydrogen fuel cell systems power COVID-19 field hospital

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Government, in collaboration with the private sector, is putting plans in place to roll out hydrogen fuel cell technologies in various parts of South...

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