Local Stories

Tracking virus gives insight into lion life

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  Johannesburg - How do the lion prides of the Kruger National Park interact with each other? A mysterious disease is offerin...

Water: SA facing uncertain future

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  Durban - The study of water-related problems is falling into decline, leaving the country vulnerable to “disastrous” re...

Clean Power Africa sponsors donate 20kW photovoltaic plant to Camphill Village

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  CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The installation of a 20 kilowatt (kW) thin film solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Camphill Vill...

Orphaned calves bear brunt of poaching

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  Cape Town - As the number of rhinos that fall to poachers’ guns and machetes rises every month, the number of orphaned rh...

The illegal hunt for ‘white gold’

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  Hout Bay, Cape Town - In broad daylight, groups of poachers hidden among the rocks of a South African marine conservation a...

Gautengers urged to ride bicycles

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  Pretoria - Gauteng is exploring new measures to promote the use of bicycles as a viable transport option in the province. O...

Youth key in growing Africa’s agricultural sector

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  Getting more African youths involved in agriculture and investing in the continent’s vulnerable small family farmers will...

Business as usual, but at what cost?

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  Cape Town - The Western Cape economy is operating at the expense of the natural environment, and we need a radical shift in...

Eye in the sky to stop KZN rhino poaching

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  Durban - Fidgeting, tinkering with planes, talking flight paths, poring over maps… and waiting. Perhaps it was the inform...

Cape Town crowned Global Earth Hour Capital

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  Cape Town - Cape Town has beaten more than 150 cities from 14 countries to be crowned the Global Earth Hour Capital of 2014...

International Stories

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Using The Energy Of The Sun To Make Solar Energy Materials

  It’s now possible to use solar energy directly to produce some of the most important materials used in solar energy technologies, thanks to a new “breakthrough” from researchers at Oregon...

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Moth Eyeballs Inspire Glare-Dimming Gold-Coating For Solar Panels

  The glare from commonly used objects such as solar panels or electronics displays can be greatly reduced with the use of a newly developed transparent film black inspired by moth eyeballs.

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Improved, Greener Lithium-Ion Batteries With New Sticky Conductive Material

  A new “sticky” type of conductive material — one that may completely eliminate the need for one of the main components of lithium-ion batteries, binders — has now been developed by rese...

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Tiny Nano-Gears Could Power Your Portable Electronics

  In a study of “some of the smallest moving elements ever observed,” researchers at Georgia Tech and the University of Toledo have confirmed the existence of synchronized, molecular “gears...

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High-Energy Biofuel For Rockets, Missiles, And Other Aerospace Applications, Via Engineered Bacteria

  A high-energy biofuel — potentially capable of replacing or supplementing expensive missile fuels, such as JP10 — has been created via the use of a genetically engineered bacterium by resea...

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Biodegradable, Implantable Battery Can Melt In Your Body

  Modern medicine does not fall behind other business in this age of technology. Modern medicine focuses on integrating life-changing advances with progressive technological advances. A recent ma...

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New Possibilities In Solar Power With New Multilayered Waveguide Taper Array

  New possibilities in the field of solar energy — as well as in thermal energy recycling — have been opened up as the result of the development of a new way of improving the ability of nanos...

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Solar Power Plant In A Box — Panasonic’s Power Supply Container

  Providing dependable electricity to remote areas of the world will increase the opportunity for improved life and education possibilities for many people. Panasonic has demonstrated commitment ...

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Coercivity Of Material Altered By Patterning Surface — Improved Energy Efficiency In High-Frequency Electronics Likely As Result

  The coercivity of nickel ferrite (NFO) thin films can be reduced by as much as 80% via the patterning of the surface of the material, according to new research from North Carolina State Univers...

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New Super-Strong Ceramic Material Inspired By Mother-Of-Pearl Created

  A new super-strong ceramic material — inspired by the mother-of-pearl created by the single-shelled marine mollusks known as abalones — has been created by a team of researchers led by the ...

Featured Articles

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DIY Beauty: 15 More Face & Body Products to Make Yourself

  Finding effective beauty products that are plant-based and free of potentially harmful ingredients can be a challenge, especially if ...

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Fracking Fingered: 100 Earthquakes In Oklahoma

  The jury is still out on this one, but when Oklahoma gets more than 100 earthquakes in less than three months, attention naturally tu...

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Shear Away That Sprawl — It Kills

  An update of a thought-provoking 2002 report on the effects of sprawl has more data on the negative health effects of this developmen...

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Top 7 Reasons To Go For An Electric Vehicle

  You may have heard a lot recently about electric vehicles (EVs). Sales of EVs are up, manufacturers are beginning to offer a variety ...

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Largest Net-Zero Energy Commercial Office Building Opened In San Diego

  LPL Financial today announced the opening of its new net-zero energy San Diego headquarters, Tower II at La Jolla Commons. The compan...

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Taste Less Waste: 13 Resource-Saving Edible Products

  Imagine how much waste in the form of plastic, paper and cardboard could be saved if the containers for our bottled water, fast food,...

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Air pollution now linked to 1 in 8 deaths worldwide

  Air pollution – both indoor and outdoor – killed some 7 million people across the globe in 2012, making it the world’s largest ...

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Melting of ice sheets is accelerating in Greenland

  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saw first-hand the impacts of climate change during a visit today to Greenland, where the melting of ic...

Healthy Eating

Should Beer Be Part of Your After Workout Plans?

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  A new beverage Lean Machine, an after workout beer also known as “recovery ale,” is creating quite a stir. Should you add beer to...

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Sugar: The Bad, The Ugly, and How to Avoid It

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  We talk a lot about sugar in this space. That sweet, white powder is delicious, but it’s also at least partially responsible for pu...

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5 Reasons I’d Still Be Vegan If I Were a Dude

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  As the vegan movement grows, statistics say it resonates most strongly with women — at least so far. Of the 2.5 million or so Ameri...

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Healthy Carbs: 5 Ways to Include Them in Your Vegan Diet

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  Are you worried about carbohydrates in your vegan diet? Unless you eat like the average non-vegan American, you don’t need to be. H...

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Is Sugar Killing You?

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  A recent study found a significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk of death from cardiovascular disea...

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Have You Had The Vegetarian 100?

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  Have you seen those food memes making the rounds of the blogosphere? A meme is kind of a “tag-you’re-it” of the blog world. Som...

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Oat Groats: Cheap, Tasty, Healthy Breakfast

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  Cooked oat groatsI’m eating a lot of oat groats these days. I found a source for locally-grown oat groats, but the minimum order wa...

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Four Fabulous and Delicious Sweet Potato Dishes to Love Cooking this Fall

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  I’ve scored some fantastic organic sweet potatoes from the market lately. Here are some ideas for cooking with them:

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Books

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Heroes of the Environment: True Stories

This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people from across North America who have done great things for the environment.

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Lonely Planet Southern Africa

“Southern Africa rings with legend: The Okavango Delta, the Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Kruger, Victoria Falls, Cape Town—these are just a few of t...

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The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolut

On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, P...

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Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

Who knew vegetables could taste so good? Moskowitz and Romero's newest delicious collection makes it easier than ever to live vegan. You'll find mor...

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Fo

Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food...

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Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities

In this powerful and provocative manifesto, Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy. Deep E...

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Simply Green Magazine - Issue 1, 2014