Featuring on radio, in newspapers and even making it to the top three of a competitive television show, the inventor of a diabetes breath analyser certainly has had a bumper year. The CSIR’s Dr Bonex Mwakikunga developed the Breath-Tech diabetes breath analyser after seeing the pain that his young, diabetic daughter had to endure every time she had to have her finger pricked to test her blood sugar levels.
How would you define water security? Is it the constant flow of water from the taps in your home or do you feel secure knowing that rain has been forecast and the dam supplying your region is full? CSIR water experts conducted a qualitative interview-based analysis to determine a definition of water security. They found that water security is a state of mind based on an individual’s context. They recommended that policymakers should heed this context in responding to issues of water insecurity.
The CSIR has developed and patented a novel encapsulation technology to enhance the stability and bioavailability of probiotics. This technology has been licensed to a supplier of health-promoting products that contain probiotics, vitamins and other supplements to the nutraceutical market.
The CSIR’s bioplastic technology has been recognised by the Eco-Logic awards 2018 for making a positive contribution towards creating a sustainable world. The awards ceremony, held on World Environment Day, 5 June 2018, placed the CSIR’s bioplastic technology in the spotlight.
Having recognised the enabling role of product lifecycle management (PLM) technology for equipping industry in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR/4IR), the Department of Trade and Industry supported the establishment of a new PLM technology centre at the CSIR, by making Siemens PLM software licenses available to the CSIR. This software will be used to support small, medium and micro enterprises.
While most South Africans especially the youth are actively using social media and the internet for most of their daily operations, they remain vulnerable to cyber threats and attacks.
Cybersecurity experts from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will brief the media on some of the latest scientific research on cybercrimes conducted by the organisation.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will join South Africa's leading researcher on Devonian marginal marine ecosystems and early vertebrates (ancient fish and early tetrapods), Dr Robert Gess, for the announcement of a groundbreaking fossil discovery.
The announcement will take place at Wits University's Origins Centre in Johannesburg on Friday, 8 June.