#Curiosity Issue 3: How SA is being stolen and how to stop the rot.
A matchbox-sized circuit board with a short aerial could save lives by transmitting the vital statistics and location of miners missing underground.
Research into optics and photonics by Wits physicists has been highlighted as some of the most influential in 2017.
Wits scientists and partners have sequenced the genomes of 24 South African individuals of different ethnolinguistic origins.
After 20 years of painstaking excavation and preparation, Professor Ron Clarke introduces the most complete Australopithecus fossil ever found to the world.
The Dean of the Faculty of Science at Wits University has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.
Two scientists from Wits University are on the list of Highly Cited Researchers in the world.
Three-year funding will aim to further academic knowledge of mechanised mining and rock engineering in South Africa.
The study shows that clinical interventions should take place at lower viral loads than those proposed by the current World Health Organization guidelines.
Creative management of grazing through the use small fires can draw back herbivores to grazing areas that are avoided by animals.
The Wits-led African Innovation Laboratory Network (iLEAD) launched today with a mission to integrate and optimise laboratory systems to improve patient care.
Collaboration between Wits and the new CoE at University of Bergen is essential to answer some of the most fundamental questions about our ancestry.
More accurate aging of teeth could hold the key to identifying health-compromised children in Africa.
The Minister of Health has appointed Wits Professor Helen Rees to chair the Board of the South African Health Products Authority.
A global study of GBS, bacteria that cause stillbirth and infant death, shows that Africa has the highest incidence. Wits University is pioneering a vaccine.
"Wits and Vaccines: the impact and potential of vaccines for Africa” is the title of a lecture hosted by Wits Faculty of Health Sciences on 1 November, 17:30.
The ‘Brainternet’, robotic arm, mosquito repeller, adaptive digital hearing aid, leaf recognition software – our future engineers show their stuff.
Fossil records near the lost Gondwanides mountains show that the Permian-Triassic extinction started 1 million years prior to what was previously believed.
Breakthrough paves the way for future Multi-Messenger astronomical observations
Seven scholars from Wits were inaugurated into the Academy of Science of South Africa at its annual Awards Ceremony held on 11 October 2017.
In September, the Wits Rural Facility became a ‘lab in the bush’ for a hands-on systems analysis thinking and modelling programme.
New study finds 'staying longer at home' was key to Stone Age technology change some 60 000 years ago.
Wits University and the University of Cambridge, UK, have announced an academic exchange programme in political theory.
The bones of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, like every industrial revolution in the past, come from the dirt under our feet.
Wits alumnus, Elash Mistry was elated when he became the first blind person in Africa to be admitted as a fellow of the Actuarial Society of SA in 2017.
Digital access itself does not untangle past inequalities. In many cases, it may even increase inequality.
The launch of a high-tech eZone, eFundanathi – “Learn with Us”, is set to revolutionise teaching and learning at Wits.
Tech advances are already impacting skilled white-collar and unskilled workers whereas the digital revolution affected mainly semi-skilled, blue-collar workers.
In 2011, a faceless, emotionless voice named Watson famously defeated two of the greatest champions of Jeopardy!, an American TV gameshow.
Technique paves the way for high-bit-rate secure long distance quantum communication.
Complex life, as we know it, started completely by chance, with small strands of molecules linking up, which eventually would have given them the ability to rep
Benita Olivier is an Associate Professor in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy in the Physiotherapy Department at Wits.
The rise of big data and advances in information technology has serious implications for our ability to deliver sufficient bandwidth to meet the growing demand.
In a world controlled and dominated by robots, is there still space for humans?
Wits scientists have developed technology that ensures the efficacy of equipment that tests for tuberculosis (TB).
Nine researchers from Wits University were recognised by the National Research Foundation (NRF) at the 2017 NRF Research Awards in Bloemfontein last night.
In research thought to be a world first, biomedical engineers at Wits are connecting a human brain to the internet in real time.
Origin Centre's new Virtual Reality experience uses state of the art communications technology to tell the story of what makes us human.
Is tech killing indigenous African languages? Prof. Leketi Makalela, head of Languages, Literacies and Literatures in the Wits School of Education talks back.
Biomedical engineers at Wits are researching how brainwaves can be used to control a robotic prosthetic hand.
There are over 300 tech hubs in Africa and maybe 52 or more in South Africa, one of which is the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein.
The GCRO to shift borders at first Seoul Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism.
The Indaba will bring leaders in machine learning and artificial intelligence to Wits University to teach and mentor students, researchers and entrepreneurs.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded an A1-rating to Professor Lyn Wadley.
Novel genetic techniques might be used to understand the effects of habitat transformation as well as to combat illegal trade of the animals.
Researchers have confirmed that transit-orientated development (ToD) is a good choice to ensure a spatially transformed Johannesburg in 2057.
The aardvark will become increasingly rare as the world warms and dries, and the consequences go well beyond a decline in aardvark safari encounters.
Early human's ability to survive through prolonged arid areas in southern Africa developed from their ability to innovate and adapt.
A 9-year-old South African diagnosed with HIV at a month old who received antiretroviral treatment during infancy has suppressed the virus for almost 9 years.
Pollen record of plant, that is currently being eradicated, extends much further back than the 100 years it is believed to be growing in the Lesotho Highlands.
[FACT SHEET] The state of South Africa’s prisons.
Lancet calls research ‘extraordinarily flimsy’. What do we know about the safety of e-cigarettes?
Fewer than 1 in 7 doctors examine the prostate gland for cancer, a new study finds.
Wits researchers contribute to the new Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Commission report on diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Wits alumnus is among a select group, including seven Nobel laureates, who have received this honour.
Academics from Wits won in two categories at the prestigious 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards held last night.
New book reviews the current status and future trends in the recycling and reuse of mineral and metal waste.
Wits hosts the 15th Prestigious Research Lecture, "Practice changing advances in common cancers (breast and colorectal)", on 20 June 2017.
A study by Wits scientists and peers has revealed that South Africa has the highest prevalence of hypertension in southern Africa.
Professor Lynn Morris received the prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award, arguably equivalent to the Nobel Prize, on 2 June 2017.
Scientists have pioneered a technique to directly date prehistoric rock paintings in southern Africa, which reveals dates much older than previously thought.
Dr Robin Drennan, Director of Research Development at Wits, has been awarded by his southern African peers for his contribution to research management.
Wits researchers co-authored a state capture report produced by the State Capacity Research Project, an interdisciplinary, interuniversity research partnership.
Wits researchers and their peers have awarded South African children a C-grade on the Healthy Active Kids South Africa Report Card for physical activity levels.
250 000 year old species from Rising Star Cave raises more questions about our origins.
Scientists have discovered the genetic mutation that causes the rare skin disease, keratolytic winter erythema (KWE), or ‘Oudtshoorn skin’, in Afrikaners.
Professor Achille Mbembe of the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WiSER) has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
TIME has named Glenda Gray, Full Professor: Research, in the School of Clinical Medicine at Wits, among the top 100 most influential people in the world.
International scientists share knowledge with SA students and industry at a workshop, dedicated to the CERN electronics upgrade.
The Wits Research Office last night recognised 67 researchers at the University whom the National Research Foundation (NRF) has rated or re-rated.
New laboratory will work closely with the University of Johannesburg to offer southern African scientists a local solution for isotope analysis.
Regulatory changes aimed at encouraging very fast, technology-driven trading on the JSE may have some unintended consequences.
With its new Centre of Excellence status, the Centre for Early Human Behaviour will receive funding amounting to about R540 million over the next 10 years.
A new malaria vector discovered in South Africa is not linked to the ‘Odyssean’ malaria cases reported in two provinces this week.
Researchers use “Fitbits” to track elephant sleep in the wild.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded an A-rating to Professor Christopher Mathew.
This competition is an exciting chance to enhance your communications skills, and, maybe, represent your country internationally.
Workshop included an overview of the exciting results coming from astrophysics and how future experiments can shed more light on these results.
CT scans of fossils of the pre-mammalian reptile, Euchambersia, shows anatomical features, designed for venom production.
One of Africa's iconic snakes, the puff adder use what is termed “lingual luring” to attract amphibian prey closer, and increase the odds of catching it.
A research report released by PRICELESS SA has revealed evidence that fiscal measures could address the burden on the healthcare sector.
Lava-covered piece of continent is an ancient remnant, left over from the break-up of the supercontinent, Gondwana, which started about 200 million years ago.
Professor Luke Chimuka in the School of Chemistry developed a method to produce an extract from the Moringa plant through pressurised hot water extraction.
Tuberculosis (TB) affects some 35-million people globally. In 2009 testing for TB using molecular diagnostics proved a game-changer for national TB programmes.
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is a partnership between Wits, the University of Johannesburg and the Gauteng provincial and local government.
Wits physicists show that real-time error correction in quantum communications is possible.
The books of Prof. Robert Muponde illustrate how critical redress in cultures of representation can yield cross-disciplinary innovation in global humanities.
Professor Felix Maringe has since 2004 researched higher education markets in the context of international and global developments.
Professor Leketi Makalela chairs a research programme on complex multilingual encounters, a growing field attracting increasing numbers of PhD candidates.
Pumla Dineo Gqola is a Professor in the Department of African Literature. She is interested in how power works in contemporary societies.
Dr Nicole De Wet is a lecturer in demography and population studies at Wits. Her research is on adolescent health outcomes in South Africa.
The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) aims to establish a vibrant African academy able to lead research that impacts public health.
Biostatistics is the analysis and interpretation of data generated in the biological and health sciences to inform clinical or health policy and practice.
Professor Ronald Wall is an economic geographer and urban planner and the Johannesburg City Chair in Economic Development at Wits.
Professor Dorrit (Dori) Posel holds the Helen Suzman Chair in Political Economics at Wits.
Professor Vishnu Padyachee in the School of Economic and Business Sciences at Wits holds the Derek Schrier and Cecily Cameron Chair in Development Economics.
Distinguished Professor in the School of Chemistry at Wits, Roger Sheldon is a globally recognised authority on Green Chemistry.
Discovery allows scientists to connect the last major vertebrate group to the tree of life.
Researchers find a way to accurately identify the sex of the artists who created ancient rock art.
Humans living in South Africa in the Middle Stone Age used these techniques to vastly improve their living conditions during the era.
Wits to benefit from R1.2 million over five years, while DRDGOLD will benefit from Wits' research and consultation expertise.
New research highlights radar’s development in SA and that first echo.
The researchers have been named among the world's most Highly Cited Researchers in Thomson Reuters' annual list recognising leading scientists.
The Friedel Sellschop Award is handed out every year to recognise and encourage young researchers.
Four new papers on different aspects of the anatomy of Homo naledi have been published, and more papers are coming soon, all led by early career researchers.
The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award is the University’s most prestigious award for research.
UNESCO-funded World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development report will aim to understand how global media have been changing.
In a paradigm shift from conventional electronic devices, exploiting the quantum properties of superlattices holds the promise of developing new technologies.
300 million-year-old pre-mammalian reptiles knew that it was their beautiful smiles that made them sexy, so they evolved mouths full of teeth to attract mates.
New research shows resilience does not explain the dissociation between chronic pain and physical activity in South Africans living with HIV.
New Madala boson might assist in the understanding of Dark Matter.
The arrival of medium and large antelope on African soil coincides dramatically with the evolution of thorn trees in the African savanna.
Pneumonia is the number one infectious disease killer of children under five in the developing world.
New research by the Brain Function Research Group at Wits and the University of Adelaide challenges views of human intelligence
Surprising results from a new study reveal the heel bone from our fossil relative is closer related to gorillas.
Discovery of 1.7 million-year-old foot bone is the oldest evidence of cancer in human ancestors.
Many questions have been thrown up by the discovery in South Africa of a previously unidentified human relative, Homo naledi.
Research into public understanding of Early Childhood Development (ECD) compared to the actual science has informed SA’s ECD policy, which Wits helped draft.
Eight-year-old South African boy discovers early turtle fossil that explains why the turtle got its shell.
Molecular diagnostics uses genetic material to look for infectious organisms like TB and HIV. If you don’t know what you’ve got, how do you treat it?
While climate shifts may have influenced early human subsistence strategies, it may not have been the driving factor behind cultural innovation.
New data from the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) shows that satisfaction with municipalities declined slightly.
Groundbreaking research by Wits scientists sheds light on the ancestry of mammals and the origin of hair.
African researchers demonstrate a 100x increase in the amount of information that can be 'packed into light'.
The high-tech 3D mapping of Homo naledi’s Dinaledi chamber.
Underground astronaut, Marina Elliott, says she is honoured to be part of this prestigious research programme.
The Astronomical Plate Archive of the South African Sky is a unique collection of astronomy wonders.
Wellcome Trust grants aimed at stemming the ‘brain drain’ of the best African scientists.
Habib and Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron are the only two South Africans of the 213 new members elected to the Academy.
Wits palaeoanthropologist honoured as one of the most influential people in the world.
Implementing a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages could prevent more South Africans, especially younger ones, from becoming obese, according to Wits researchers.
Wits University honoured a number of academics for their excellence in research and postgraduate supervision at a ceremony on Wednesday, 13 April 2016.
World Health Day: Hope for effectively treating patients with Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH).
Media release: National Museum examines life history of ancient mammal relatives.
Health Awareness Month: Dr Sadhna Mathura is excavating the hidden potential of chloride intracellular channel (CLIC) proteins in the human body.
Over 170 posters and oral presentations vied for prizes at the 7th Postgraduate Cross-Faculty Symposium
State-of-the-art techniques and high-end computer graphics help to process, interpret and model huge volumes of integrated data in 3D.
The Marikana killings drew international attention with the prevailing discourse focused on human rights.
Human Rights Day: Female Sex Abuse (FSA) victimhood is an underexplored territory in academia.
Super-massive black hole at center of Galaxy is likely to accelerate cosmic ray particles to energies 100 times larger than the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Jasper Knight and Stefan Grab are stirring the geomorphology community by overturning ideas that have stood for decades on how mountain landscapes are formed.
Using geometric phase inside lasers for the first time, researchers find a way to change the orbital angular momentum of laser beams.
The newly established Cimera will take the study of minerals to the next level.
The DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences is leading the charge.
The Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) Research Unit is not just an institution of research.
Research could not, and should not be done in isolation.
Postdoc helps mining industry to remediate high levels of mercury in the Wits mining basin.
Africa Month: Research by Sonwabile Mnwana and Gavin Capps is expected to cause a major upset in the way mines negotiate land rights with communities.
French postdoctoral research fellow, Dr Xavier Glaudas, is on a mission to find out.
Africa Month: Professor Clifford Odimegwu is passionate about developing a new generation of population scientists in Africa.
A hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity.
Brendan Gray’s construction of a versatile and novel experimental rig contributes to the understanding of how curved shock waves behave.
An estimated 350 million people worldwide are infected with chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) with the majority living in sub-Saharan Africa.
International Mother Tongue Day: Insisting that children use one language at a time is primary cause for inability to reason cognitively, research shows.
Now Dr Lesley Chown can test new metals cost-effectively in her lab.
Wits researchers in optical communications explore ways to drastically increase the optical fibre bandwidth.
Professor Christopher Henshilwood is the co-winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s research award.
More than one million slaves were traded during 18th Century on the Loango coastline.
Specimens from the Homo genus and can be associated with early stone tools dated to 2.18 million years ago.
Hepatitis B Virus causes between 600 000 and one million deaths per year, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
Southern Africa’s talent in high energy particle physics displayed at annual workshop.
Researchers say there are still large gaps in our understanding of the associated utility systems in batch chemical processes.
Media release: Biting too hard would have dislocated the jaw of Australopithecus sediba.
Warren Maroun examines how companies are reporting on different sustainability metrics in their integrated reports.
Professor Natasha Sacks aims to make Wits a world expert in tribology.
Companies see matric certificates as applicant’s ability to read, write and be trained, research shows.
PRICELESS SA will benefit from a generous Gates Foundation grant for the International Decision Support Initiative.
The School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering is about to make headlines for the development of new technology to cool high-speed computers.
Professor Boris Urban's goal is to create a new cadre of researchers in the field entrepreneurship.
Why did many Zimbabweans leave their home country in search for work in SA?
Diamonds dug up from ancient rock formations in the Johannesburg area, between 1890 and 1930 have revealed secrets of how ancient Earth worked.
Puff adders - one of Africa's most abundant and venomous snake species - hide from prey and predator by hiding their smell.
An African elephant detects dangerous TNT using its extraordinary sense of smell.
New results from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN have scientists exploring the possibilities another new particle.
Declining bee colonies puts industry totaling R20-billion at risk, including Western Cape's fruit industry with its 77 800 hectares of fruit farms.
Are females paying the price for being heavier children?
In 2017 there will be 1.2 million more obese adults in South Africa - study
Professors Florian Luca and Lynn Morris receive their A-ratings.
Ecologists across the world are starting to realise that many ecosystems cannot be understood without including animals and their impact
Estimating the age of fossils is important because it allows palaeoanthropologists the opportunity to try to draw up a family tree.
It's crunch time for 50,000 delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society to agree on a shared action plan.
New book from leading climate change experts at Wits sheds light on how southern Africa is impacted.
New research in structured light will have exciting outcomes for telecoms and other industries.
The development of a vaccine remains the best possibility for ending the HIV pandemic.
The two papers, titled: The foot of Homo naledi and The hand of Homo naledi, describe the structure and function of the H. naledi hand and foot.
The research has been published in the open access journal, eLife, where anyone access the scientific papers.
It is the single largest fossil hominin find yet made on the continent of Africa.
Our ancestor practiced a form of ritualised behaviour (or repeated behaviour) previously thought to be unique to humans.
An average shopper takes between four and ten seconds to pick a food product off a shop shelf during their regular visit to buy groceries.
This review identified nutrition labelling research from 20 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.