Gastronomic gastropods or just plain goners It’s not recorded when the first human stepped into the frigid waters of South Africa’s Cape coast, fished out an abalone and ate it. Certainly it couldn’t have been an enjoyable experience, by today’s standards, yet as a source of protein these distant relatives of snails were excellent. Before …

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GREAT WHITE SHARK

You are a thousand times more likely to die hanging your Christmas lights than to be attacked by a great white shark. Even dogs – our best friend – killed more people worldwide last year than have been killed by all species of sharks in the past hundred. With approximately 150 scalps a year, coconuts …

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A Green Light for Greener Fuels in South Africa?

Oil supplies are under threat. Environmentalists are clamouring for reductions in emissions. Vehicle owners want cheaper fuel. Can renewable biofuels appease all these parties and still make a profit? “They’ll never let it happen.” The chemical engineer with whom I was discussing recent developments in the biofuel business was adamant. She also insisted on remaining …

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