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CSIR to conduct laser cooling of trapped ions

25th February 2011 Scientists from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) will soon be trapping ionised atoms of ytterbium (Yb) in a so-called radio-frequency Paul trap, cooling the atoms with lasers and using them to measure tiny effects, such as the force exerted... 

SA atmospheric and pollution measurements with Lidar system

25th February 2011 The Council for Industrial and Scientific Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) has developed a light detection and ranging (Lidar) system to study aerosols and cloud interactions as part of atmospheric studies, says CSIR NLC principal researcher Professor Sivakumar Venkataraman. 

Globally competitive lasers and photonics possible through focused research

25th February 2011 The South African laser and photonics industry can become globally competitive by focusing on certain select areas of research and development that would be of benefit to the economy, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research National Laser Centre (CSIR NLC) Centre Manager Dr Ndumiso... 

Biomedical uses of laser light could reduce costs, boost research

25th February 2011 The use of lasers to optically trap, sort, guide and transfect individual mammalian cells, can reduce the cost of diagnostic processes and research. These chemical-free optical processes can increase the ease and speed with which research is conducted, says the Council for Scientific and... 

Green building a rising trend, but building industry depressed

11th February 2011 Designing environment-friendly buildings is a rising trend in the construction industry, but a depressed construction market in South Africa means that industries dependent on the construction of new structures expect a slow 2011, says South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors... 

Need to save energy driving technology refinement

11th February 2011 Global imperatives to save energy and to develop more energy-efficient systems are driving the refinement of current refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, as well as the development of innovative techniques, says South African Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors’ Association... 

Cogeneration and trigeneration opportunities for SA companies

11th February 2011 German energy generation and engineering company AGO Energie + Anlagen (AGO), and its South African subsidiary AGO Energy, sees potential for companies in South Africa to generate electricity through cogeneration or trigeneration, while using the excess thermal energy for heating or cooling... 

Market forces will stymie any artificial interference with currencies

21st January 2011 Market forces will prevent manipulation of currencies from succeeding and a more effective way of reducing South African export costs is to reduce transport costs and improve transport efficiencies, says Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) president Mark Nowitz. 

Trade into Africa holds great promise for South Africa

21st January 2011 The value of the combined agriculture, water, fisheries, forestry and tourism and human capital markets in Africa stands at $909-billion, but intraregional trade in Africa currently stands at only 12% of total exports. 

Enriched food exports into Africa to grow

21st January 2011 Nutritional food producer Mpilende Foods will start exporting its range of enriched and fortified foods into Botswana early this year, says Mpilende Foods marketing manager Thabo Timba. 


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