Ancient Microbes May Have Created the World's Largest Gold Mines

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? » 2/03/15 7:30pm 2/03/15 7:30pm

A Tour of the Tallest Residential Tower in Africa

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. » 4/11/14 2:40pm 4/11/14 2:40pm

This Shipping Container City Above an Old Grain Silo Is Actually a Dorm

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. » 2/11/14 2:40pm 2/11/14 2:40pm

This Stone Mosaic of Johannesburg Looks Like a Real Satellite Map

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. » 10/03/13 1:13pm 10/03/13 1:13pm

How to Sun-Cook a Steak in South Africa

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… » 9/02/13 6:30pm 9/02/13 6:30pm

Assassin Tries To Kill Man With This Remote-Controlled Armed VW

A Czech fugitive living in South Africa nearly met his end in bizarrely James Bond-like fashion when he was fired upon by a Volkswagen CrossPolo that packed machine guns behind its rear license plate. Seriously, this is a thing that actually happened. » 7/26/13 1:23pm 7/26/13 1:23pm

South African Student Invents Waterless Bathing

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. » 6/20/12 12:40pm 6/20/12 12:40pm

Million-Year-Old Campfire Could Be One of Humanity's First

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. » 4/02/12 10:00pm 4/02/12 10:00pm

This Spectacular Nebula Is Not In Space

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. » 1/07/12 9:53am 1/07/12 9:53am

The World's Oldest Bed Is 77,000 Years Old

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. » 12/09/11 12:00pm 12/09/11 12:00pm

Why Is This 2-Ton Rhino Flying Upside Down?

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? » 11/07/11 4:00pm 11/07/11 4:00pm

Look Inside a 100,000-Year-Old Art Studio

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. » 10/13/11 2:36pm 10/13/11 2:36pm

Man Wakes From Coma in a Morgue Fridge After Being Dead for 21 Hours

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. » 7/25/11 9:00pm 7/25/11 9:00pm

Volkswagen Ad Tells You to "Eat the Road;" Thankfully the Page is…

Though it does depend on your standards of what is indeed edible. Made from "glutinous rice flour, water, salt, propylene glycol, FD&C colour and glycerine," the Volkswagen advert appeared in South Africa's AutoTrader magazine. [AdsoftheWorld via AdWeek via LitmanLive] » 5/26/11 2:00pm 5/26/11 2:00pm

Vuvuzelas Spread Disease

Vuvuzelas, those ceremonial trumpets favored by South Africans that, when tooted in unison, approximate the sound of the world's largest locust orgy, are annoying. The World Cup made that crystal clear. But could they also be pandemic-hastening instruments of mass destruction? Possibly! » 5/24/11 6:20am 5/24/11 6:20am

Condoms With Teeth Fight Rape In South Africa

Over 30,000 Rape-Axe condoms are being handed out free at South Africa's World Cup. While they won't stop rape, the condoms (worn by women) have jagged-teeth inside to tear penises up, and can only be removed by doctors. » 6/22/10 6:57am 6/22/10 6:57am

Three Free World Cup Apps For BlackBerry

Feeling left out of the World Cup fun, oh Pearl, Curve, Bold and Storm owners? Never fear—because here are three free apps in the BlackBerry App World which will have you staying up to date on the scores. » 6/15/10 7:50am 6/15/10 7:50am

What Makes The Sound of Vuvuzelas So Annoying?

Love 'em or loathe 'em, the blaring plastic trumpets have become the hallmark of matches at the 2010 World Cup. We asked Trevor Cox, president of the UK Institute of Acoustics to explain their appeal – or otherwise » 6/14/10 10:40pm 6/14/10 10:40pm

South Africa's Soundproof Stadium For the World Cup

When the World Cup kicks off in South Africa, 69,070 soccer fans inside Cape Town Stadium will scream at the top of their lungs. But thanks to some clever engineering, the people living nearby will hear hardly a peep. » 6/02/10 1:00am 6/02/10 1:00am