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As our monitoring instruments become more advanced – and more effective – humanity’s discoveries in space are increasing in frequency and impact. Since the first black hole, Cygnus X-1, was discovered in 1964, we have identified and studied hundreds of black holes.

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In 2017, the #DataMustFall movement in South Africa spurred the powers that be into announcing an enquiry into the cost of data in the country.  Almost a full two years later, the Competition Commission has found what anyone who compared local mobile providers’ prices with their pricing in other African countries could have told them: South Africa’s data prices are too high.

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Every winter, colds and flu do their rounds. For most people, this results in a week of bed rest, but for the very old and very young, flu can still be a killer – up to half a million people worldwide die of the flu every year.

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Artificial intelligence is the new “in thing”. Despite the fact that it is still in its infancy, companies in every sector are experimenting with different ways to incorporate AI into their operations, and researchers are constantly striving for ways to improve machine learning algorithms.

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The combination of medical science and technology is giving people with epilepsy new hope for better quality of life. Brain implants can now be augmented with a new AI system to not only reduce the severity and frequency of seizures, but to predict them up to an hour before.

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Just months after the Curiosity Rover measured a huge methane spike on Mars, triggering scientific debate on the likelihood of life on the Red Planet, scientists have a new puzzle to figure out. Based on six years' worth of data from the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, a portable chemistry lab in the Curiosity rover, we now know that oxygen levels on the Martian surface have been rising and falling by different amounts every year – but we don’t know why.

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It’s not often that new planets are discovered, and even less common to have ordinary people being asked to name a new planet. South Africans, though, are being granted this rare honour thanks to the discovery of an exoplanet by local scientists in 2012.

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People who are asked what makes a song a hit might say it’s the fact that it’s catchy, or that it’s got great lyrics, or even that it’s sung by an attractive person. They would be wrong, according to science.

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An entirely new class of black holes may be lurking in the universe, according to findings published recently by researchers from Ohio State University. For some time now, scientists have hypothesised that there's a class of black holes with a mass that falls in between neutron stars and classic black holes, and it seems that these latest findings prove the hypothesis.