Archive for February 2019

How robots could help bridge the elder-care gap

Social companion robot

Despite innovations that make it easier for seniors to keep living on their own rather than moving into special facilities, most elderly people eventually need a hand with chores and other everyday activities. Robots could help bridge the elder-care gap. Friends and relatives often can’t do all the work. Growing evidence indicates it’s neither sustainable…

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Scientists split on SA’s winter and summer rainfall zones

Rainfall

South Africa is among a handful of countries that experience winter rainfall in some areas and summer rainfall in others, but scientists are split on SA’s winter and summer rainfall zones. The southwestern tip of the country has a Mediterranean climate, with hot dry summers and cool wet winters. This is because mid-latitude cyclones migrate…

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Agricultural water file: Farming for a drier future

Farming for a drier future

The agricultural sector remains particularly vulnerable to water risks and a changing climate. This article investigates  farming for a drier future by building resilience in agriculture and lessons learnt that may help the province in a future of increasing water scarcity. 1. Is water scarcity the “new normal”? Water stress is the new normal –…

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Ontdek 18 ervarings by die 18de SA Kaasfees

SA Cheese Festival

Ontdek 18 ervarings by die 18de Suid-Afrikaanse Kaasfees van Vrydag 26 tot Sondag 28 April 2019 op Sandringham buite Stellenbosch. Dit bied ‘n ware waarde vir geld-ervaring – jou toegangskaartjie koop vir jou inderdaad ‘n hele 18: 1. ‘The Cheese Emporium’: Die hart van die SA Kaasfees waar jy die grootste verskeidenheid kase – ou…

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400,000 African pangolins are hunted for meat every year

Pangolin

Why it’s time to act Pangolins, a group of unique African and Asian scaly mammals, are one of the most heavily trafficked wild mammals in the world. 400,000 African pangolins are hunted every year. They are hunted and traded for their meat, scales, and other body parts, and used as traditional medicines in parts of…

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Keeping heifer rearing costs down

Heifer rearing

A dairy herd consist of cows and heifers. Cows are either in milk (lactating) or dry (not producing milk). As cows are the production units of a dairy herd and milk being the main source of income, the herd should consist mostly of lactating cows. At least 82% of all the cows in the herd…

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Buttermilk Cake Recipe

Buttermilk cake

We have found that the Vanilla Cake is delicious and stays moist for longer if made with buttermilk in place of milk and a mixture of butter and oil instead of all oil. In place of butter icing we use a simple Lemon Water Icing drizzled over the cake. Do watch the video. Makes 1…

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Flattie in a Frying Pan Recipe

Flattie in a Frying pan

Looking for a quick and easy way to cook a chicken without having to switch on the oven? Try this Flattie in a Frying Pan Recipe. Serves 4 – 5 YOU WILL NEED 1 fresh chicken 1 T (15 ml) Ina Paarman’s Cajun Spice 2 T (30 ml) canola oil 1 T (15 ml) butter…

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Water Flow Dynamics in Aquaponics Systems

Water flow dynamics

Masaru Emoto (22 July 1943 – 17 October 2014) was a Japanese author and entrepreneur who said that human consciousness influences the molecular structure of water. Emoto’s conjecture evolved over the years, and his early work revolved around pseudoscientific hypotheses that water could react to positive thoughts and words and that polluted water could be…

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Agronomic development of rainfed maize in response to plant population and row spacing under no-tillage

Maize

The agronomic development of rainfed maize in response to plant population and row spacing under no-tillage was investigated in a field trial conducted during the 2017/2018 growing season near Ottosdal, North-West province. Treatments consisted of two row spacings (0.52 and 0.76 m) with four plant populations ranging from low to very high (20 000 to 60 000…

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