As global populations grow, so does the demand for timber and its by-products, putting an ever-increasing strain on this natural resource. The best way to fight climate change is to plant trees. But silviculture (tree planting) practices remain highly inefficient in both commercial forestry and...

Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is an aquatic weed which has one of the highest growth rates of all plants in the world. This fast-growing plant causes numerous problems in water bodies.  These problems are related to navigation, recreation, irrigation and hydropower generation. The...

The CS Wall Socket, came from an engineer wanting to create a child-safe plug, this system does not allow electricity to flow through the live and neutral, regardless of mode, only once the earth has been inserted does electricity flow. This makes it safe if children were to stick variable kind...

The Medical Screening App is a mobile application which provides fast and accurate screening assistance for any individual. The app currently screens for Vitamin A deficiency, metabolic syndrome and stroke. Regular use of the MSA helps individuals proactively recognize early onset of illness and...

A new technology that provides the first ever high-throughput 3D imaging of locked diamonds within kimberlite rocks. Locked diamonds of up to 10cm in diameter can now be located within rocks before the crushing process begins.

Conventional sorting as well as other more recent sorting...

The technology is based on a lateral flow assay, which is a form of immunoassay where the test sample flows along a solid substrate through capillary action. These are simple devices intended to detect the presence (or absence) of a target analyte in the sample (blood, serum) without the need...

Mintek has developed and successfully piloted a low-cost, low-maintenance technology for the treatment of acid mine drainage (closureTM). It has been specifically developed for sites with low or unpredictable flow, remote locations and areas with lack of services and infrastructure, such as mine...

Industrial electrowinning is one such example where archaic technology has become the norm, with innovation being limited simply because the process is “good enough”. After doing a fundamental analysis on the electrowinning process, the design team has invented a dynamic solution which improves...

In South Africa and around the world, electrical utilities are required to inspect power lines and their immediate environment to ensure safe and reliable operation of the electrical network. Such inspections are costly and may be prone to human error. In some instances, inspection of power...

Monitoring location and activities of miners, as well as environmental information, is essential to ensure miner safety, with current information transmission systems used in underground mines not cost-effectively delivering on this need.  Visible Light Communication (VLC) and Power Line...

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