The MeerKAT radio telescope isn’t even finished being built, but it’s already released its first image: a small patch of sky showcasing 1,300 galaxies.
There just isn’t anything about this story that isn’t horrible, so naturally we’re here to share it with you. A Danish man was arrested in his Bloemfontein, South Africa home after his estranged wife tipped police with this grisly fact: he had 21 pieces of female genitalia stored in his freezer.
Last week, Paris shooed cars from its downtown for a single photogenic day. Now a neighborhood in Johannesburg, South Africa is one-upping that car-free day with a celebration that kicks cars off the street for the entire month of October.
Nearly half the gold ever mined comes from the Witwatersrand Basin, a layer of gold-flecked rock that spreads out under South Africa. The mines there are famously deep and prolific. Why is there so much gold concentrated in this one small part of the Earth's crust?
I always thought it was odd that lions were called the King of the Jungle when, in truth, they live on the savannah and in the bush. Still, they're definitely royalty among the African megafauna.
Compared to the other animals in the African bush, the zebra might get overlooked by some. But I think the three zebra species - Plains, Mountain, and Grevy's - are some of the most visually striking animals in the world. Here are a few zebra photos from my reporting trip to South Africa.
When hyenas and lions get into a shouting match over a buffalo carcass, it's a loud, raucous scene. One hyena apparently had enough of the shouting so it decided to climb inside of the warm, wet, meaty carcass, where the buffalo's tasty muscles no doubt provided an acoustic barrier.
Skyscrapers tend to become lightning rods for the neighborhoods they're in—and nowhere is that more true than in Johannesburg's Ponte City, a hulking 54-story tower has gone from Apartheid enclave to drug dealer haven to symbol of urban renewal.
A 10-day-old African elephant (Loxodonta africana) somehow became separated from its herd and wandered into a house at the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve in Zululand, South Africa.
In Johannesburg, where student housing is sparse, one developer is taking extreme measures—by creating a 370-bed dormitory out of shipping containers perched atop a set of abandoned concrete grain silos.
From afar, this bird's eye view of Johannesburg looks like a satellite snapshot. But it's not—it's actually a massive, meticulously created mosaic. It contains thousands of fragments of stone and tile, but together, they look amazingly photorealistic.
Consistent electricity is more guideline than rule in South Africa, even on the outskirts for the capital city of Johannesburg. This ambiguity leaves residents either living in the dark or at the mercy of expensive and hazardous kerosene- or coal-based fuels. One social entrepreneur however, has a plan to provide…
When finding a steady source of potable water is challenge enough in the developing world who has the time—or water—to take a shower? One South African student may have the answer with a unique, water-less shower gel—that he invented on his dumb phone.
Harnessing fire is up there with language and an upright stance in terms of "important milestones in early human development." And if the findings from a recent excavation are verified, hominids may have been playing with fire for far longer than we previously suspected.
This photo was taken from space, but it's not a galaxy or a nebula. It's a massive phytoplankton bloom off the coast of South Africa, just when the Atlantic and the Indian oceans meet.
Archaeologists have found the world's oldest bed in South Africa and it's 50,000 years older than any bedding ever found. The 77,000-year-old bedding, which was made with medicinal plants, shows how creative our ancestors could be.
Don't worry. This rhino is alive and well. He's just sleeping while flying high over the South African landscape tied to a military helicopter. But why did he have to travel 15 miles flying upside down?
Abalone shell-you can see some of the ochre rich deposit. Image: Science/AAAS
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient workshop that was used by early homo-sapiens to make, mix and store ochre. It's the oldest "art workshop" ever uncovered.
An old man dies. Such is life, my son. And for all our sadness, life surely must go on. Except when the old man didn't actually die, and woke up inside the morgue a day later. Then it's time for an explanation.