Most SA study permits issued to African nationals

Stats SA reports that nine of the ten leading countries applying for study permits were from the Africa region. In its recent report on permits issued to foreigners to enter South Africa, Stats SA stated that the number of temporary residence permits (TRPs) approved decreased from 141 550 in 2012 to 101 910 in 2013, 15,1% or 15 378 of which were study permits.
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Low carbohydrate diets result in similar weight losses to recommended balanced diets

Low carbohydrate diets result in similar weight losses when compared to recommended balanced diets, according to researchers at Stellenbosch University..
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A peek into SA higher education's wallet

The university education system is set to grow from a head-count enrolment of 953 373 students in 2012 to approximately 1.1 million students in 2019, with the target of 1.6 million students in public universities to be reached by 2030 - with the help of an annual budget increase from R34.3 billion in 2013/14 to R36.9 billion for 2014/15 and R42 billion in 2016/17..
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Genetically engineered 'plantibodies' to halt Ebola

While little can be done to curb the current outbreak of Ebola in Africa, when the next outbreak happens, the world will be armed with cheap but powerful biologics made using plants, says UCT plant biotechnologist Professor Ed Rybicki..
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Harnessing the power of the sun

Prof Ken Craig and his research group in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering are focusing on the sun and the energy it can provide us. Although the familiar domestic solar panels and solar geysers are becoming more widespread, these provide only local power or energy and are not suitable for large-scale power generation.
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Alberta and Pretoria partner up for future research

The University of Pretoria and the University of Alberta has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to lay the foundations for future research and collaboration between the two institutions..
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Nano-chip in a capsule identifies bacterial infections within minutes

A microbiologist and an electronic engineer from Stellenbosch University have developed a proof-of-concept nanowire biological sensor that can identify any of the major disease-causing bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella or Vibrio cholera within ten to fifteen minutes..
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South African scientists celebrated through the NSTF Awards

Outstanding contributions to scientific research, technological innovation, management, capacity building and science communication were announced and celebrated at the 16th Annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-BHP Billiton Awards Gala Dinner..
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It is not every day you get to build a heart

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UP researcher finds ways to improve the well-being of wildlife

Although wild animals have been captured and chemically immobilised for years (by using a form of anaesthesia induced by drugs in a dart), very little is known about the short- and long-term consequences of capture and the effects of immobilising drugs on wild animals. Dr Leith Meyer, Veterinary Sciences Pharmacology researcher at the University of Pretoria, is committed to finding solutions to improve the well-being of wild animals.
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High-tech Medical Simulation Lab to support clinical education and training launched at UJ

Nursing, emergency care, biomedical and radiography education at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) will soon became a more interactive experience with a new Clinical Training Facility that stimulates real-time medical emergency situations..
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