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Students around the world have historically protested social injustice, but South Africa's tertiary institutions are currently seeing protests about the increases which have opened a larger dialogue about the role of the government in universities across the country. Having started at Wits, the protests have spread to other provinces as students from all walks of life are finding the cost of higher education prohibitive.

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In the same week that saw a US engineering student’s open letter highlighting gender inequality going viral, The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has for the first time elected a woman president and chairperson of Board of Directors.

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The 2015 World Solar Challenge will be held from 18-25 October, with 47 teams from 25 countries participating in the 3000 kilometre journey from Darwin to Adelaide in Australia in electric and solar powered cars. The competition aims to showcase the capabilities of eco-friendly vehicles, and is based on the notion that a 1000W electric car could complete the journey in 50 hours, while solar cars are allowed a nominal 5kW hours of stored energy, which is 10% of that theoretical figure. All other energy must come from the sun or be recovered from the kinetic energy of the vehicle.

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Over 20 000 students from 50 technical and vocational education training (TVET) colleges around the country are waiting to hear whether their recent exam results will be released and considered valid after exam papers were leaked via WhatsApp. The Department of Higher Education and Training is currently conducting an investigation into how questions and answers for 25 subjects were distributed days before the exams were written.

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There have been many innovations that have changed the world – from the combustion engine and penicillin, to biotechnology and the microchip, the way human beings live has been informed by these innovations.

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Concentrating solar power (CSP) technology is the new “cool” research area for the renewables sector. CSP, which allows the sun’s energy to be stored and then released when it is needed, offers a solution to the perennial problem of renewables: What happens when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun is hidden behind clouds or by nightfall?

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From humanity's earliest days, we have looked into the night sky with wonder. The moon and stars have been imbued with mystical significance, and with the advent of modern technology, we know more about what's beyond Earth's atmosphere than ever before.

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Nuclear generates about 11 percent of the world's electricity, but on the African continent today, South Africa is the only country to possess a nuclear reactor. South Africa is ramping up its nuclear generation capability, with President Jacob Zuma stating that it should double by 2023, and other African countries are following suit.

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The expression 'Once in a Blue Moon' is synonymous with a rare event, or one that seldom happens. While Blue Moons in themselves are rare and seldom happen, the definition of a Blue Moon as two full moons in a calendar month has only been around since the 1940s.

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Crown Publications, one of South Africa’s largest business-to-business publishing houses, came into existence in 1986. Since then, the company has grown from producing a single magazine, Electricity SA (renamed Electricity+Control), to publishing six monthly magazines, three quarterlies, and a number of engineering handbooks.