Posts Tagged ‘History’

Where was Peer Review?

Posted on: June 5th, 2020 by admin

The origins of peer review can be traced back over 350 years to the launch of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal […]

Automated Breast Ultrasound Emerges

Posted on: May 29th, 2020 by admin

Automated breast ultrasound or ABUS – where the ultrasound transducer is moved across the breast under automated control rather than […]

A New “Killer App” ?

Posted on: April 17th, 2020 by admin 3 Comments

In 1839, Gustav Rose discovered a novel mineral in the Ural Mountains of Russia which he named “perovskite” in honour of the […]

Leadership Matters

Posted on: April 10th, 2020 by admin 1 Comment

Twenty years ago, when the AIDS pandemic was ravaging South Africa, the country’s president, Thabo Mbeki, criticised the scientific consensus that the […]

Our Dunkirk Moment

Posted on: March 27th, 2020 by admin 1 Comment

The Battle of Dunkirk, fought between 26 May and 4 June 1940, marked a turning point in World War Two. During […]

Protons vs Photons

Posted on: February 21st, 2020 by admin

X-rays, first discovered by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895, are beams of photons that exhibit three intrinsic properties when passing through biological tissue. […]

You’re Never Too Old

Posted on: December 6th, 2019 by admin 2 Comments

By tradition, Nobel Laureates receive their gold medals from the King of Sweden on 10 December, the day that Alfred Nobel died […]

Coming Full Circle

Posted on: November 15th, 2019 by admin

On Friday 6 January 1956, Allan Cormack arrived for work at Groote Schuur Hospital, having been appointed as part-time nuclear physicist, spending […]

Celebrating BME@50

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by admin 3 Comments

Yesterday marked an important milestone for the field of biomedical engineering (BME) in Cape Town as it celebrated its 50th […]

War: A Harmful Metaphor?

Posted on: August 16th, 2019 by admin

It has become commonplace to hear expressions such as “fighting the war on cancer” or even “she’s a warrior intent […]