Luyanda Dhlamini

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Don’t!

The secret of self-control.<p>In the late nineteen-sixties, Carolyn Weisz, a four-year-old with long brown hair, was invited into a “game room” at the Bing Nursery School, on the campus of Stanford University. The room was little more than a large closet, containing a desk and a chair. Carolyn was …

How Today's Computers Weaken Our Brain

At 10 <i>P.M.</i> on September 22, 1912, Franz Kafka, then a twenty-nine-year-old lawyer, sat down at his typewriter in Prague and began to write. He wrote and wrote, and eight hours later he had finished “Das Urteil” (“The Judgment”).<p>Kafka wrote in his diary, “I was hardly able to pull my legs out from …

The Tweaker

The real genius of Steve Jobs.<p>Not long after Steve Jobs got married, in 1991, he moved with his wife to a nineteen-thirties, Cotswolds-style house in old Palo Alto. Jobs always found it difficult to furnish the places where he lived. His previous house had only a mattress, a table, and chairs. He …

Oscar tweets for first time in 5 months

Cape Town - Twitter is buzzing after Oscar Pistorius took to the social network sit for the first time since 14 February 2014 - exactly a year after …

Oscar Pistorius

Minister lied to SABC board over COO appointment

Johannesburg - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi reportedly lied to the SABC board over the permanent appointment of the public broadcaster’s …

South Africa

This STD makes crickets want to have way more sex

The downside is that the virus also makes them unable to reproduce<p>The mechanisms that some viruses employ to infect their hosts could easily be characterized as "clever." There exists a virus, for instance, that makes caterpillars climb treetops, where they die and scatter virus-infected particles …

How Global Warming Will Affect Your Beer

A pilot study examines how drought affects the quality of starch in barley.<p>There are many things that will change as Earth's climate warms. Doctoral student Peter Gous is worried about the price and quality of beer.<p>The aspiring plant bioengineer worked with a team of scientists to test how not …

The Hopes and Heartaches of Curing HIV

It’s one of the most incredible stories in medical science: a cure for HIV. It happened first in 1998 with Christian Hahn (a pseudonym), and then again in 2008 with Timothy Ray Brown. Both cures took place in Berlin, but involved very different scientific approaches and very different scientists.<p>In …

What Caused the Chilean Earthquake? Faults Explained

Different kinds of faults make different kinds of earthquakes.<p>Even planet Earth has its faults. Movement along those fault lines causes earthquakes, big and small, to rattle the globe every day, most recently making news this week with a powerful quake, and tsunami, striking Chile.<p>The latest …

How Leopards Helped Make the Fossil Record

I have to apologize to carnivores. In an article about how to become a fossil, published last summer, I wrote that I wasn’t enamored with the idea of being deposited in the fossil record as bone scraps in carnivore dung. That’s still true, but I should have done more than make a passing joke about …

New Method for Estimating Moon's Age Seeks to Put an Old Debate to Rest

A new way of looking at the Earth's formation attempts to answer when the moon was born.<p>Earth's moon is some 4.47 billion years old, its birthday having come about 95 million years after the formation of the solar system. This means Earth's closest companion is some 60 million years younger than …

Nasa cuts ties with Russia over Ukraine crisis, except for space station

After insisting that space relations would not be altered by earthly politics, Nasa on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia over the Ukraine crisis, except for the International Space Station.<p>Nasa employees cannot travel to Russia or host visitors until further notice. They are also …

Why do zebras have stripes? Scientists have the answer

The zebra’s striped coat is simultaneously extraordinary and stunning. So wondrous, in fact, that many people have imagined it to be evidence of God’s infinitely artistic hand. Over the years, there have been many more rational explanations, but that all-important scientific consensus has remained …