Sterkfontein Caves inspire young learners to new scientific heights

  • September 15, 2016 | Cassidy Parker | Category: News

Earlier this year, the Sterkfontein Caves welcomed learners from Meridian Cosmo City primary school. The tour was much like the many other school tours that Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves conduct on an annual basis, where we welcome young and inquisitive minds and teach them about this place we all call home. Little did we realise, however, that on this particular tour there were award-winning scientists in our midst.

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We misplaced a robot on a comet and found it again two years later

  • September 07, 2016 | Category: News

“We were beginning to think that Philae would remain lost forever. It is incredible we have captured this at the final hour.”

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Astronomers announce discovery of closest-ever exoplanet

  • August 26, 2016 | Stuart Buchanan | Category: News

In what may turn out to be the biggest scientific find of recent time, astronomers have announced the discovery of an Earth-like planet in orbit around our next-nearest star, Proxima Centauri.

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Leave your mark: Maropeng launches Isivivane

  • August 15, 2016 | Cassidy Parker | Category: News

On Monday, 15 August, Maropeng launched its isivivane programme, which provides visitors with the opportunity to have their names, or the name of a loved one, engraved on a stone and placed at Maropeng for posterity.

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New debates surface about Homo naledi’s chamber

  • August 12, 2016 | Cassidy Parker | Category: News

In recent weeks, Homo naledi has once again been the subject of academic debate. This time, paleoanthropological and geological experts have been discussing whether the Dinaledi Chamber was indeed a burial site, as the team who discovered it claimed, or whether Homo naledi was trapped there.

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Celebrate this Women’s Day at Maropeng

  • July 29, 2016 | Category: News

We’re celebrating women this Women’s Day by serving up an exquisite sparkling-wine tasting and fine-dining lunch.

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How looking 250-million years into the past could save modern species

  • July 26, 2016 | Category: News

More than 250-million years ago, something huge happened to the Earth: the Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction (PTME), which wiped out almost all of the planet’s species. Now a group of scientists has uncovered important details about how the event’s survivors adapted in a harsh, drought-stricken stretch of South Africa.

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Journey to the moon with Maropeng

  • July 13, 2016 | Category: News

Join us at our July stargazing event as we commemorate the first human lunar landing on 20 July 1969.

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Remarkable footage emerges from NASA’s Juno mission

  • July 08, 2016 | Stuart Buchanan

After five long years journeying through the vastness of space, NASA’s Juno spacecraft is revealing details about the biggest planet in our solar system: Jupiter.

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How the Rising Star cave system was mapped in 3D

  • June 29, 2016 | Category: News

A new paper has been published about the pioneering use of 3D scanning technology in the discovery of the Homo naledi fossils.

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