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The wrong tool for the job

Biodiversity literally means the variety of living organisms, both large and small. In theory it sounds good to safeguard or to restore the biodiversity of what is left of our natural ecosystems. To do this, however, one must have a good knowledge of the environment and the myriad of species that inhabit it, as well as sound ecological insight into the principles underlying the concept of diversity

Red-letter days: memory gateways to the past

When parts of a message are important, we highlight the letters in red and when a certain day is special we call it a red-letter day.
Issue Date: 30 March 2007

How to cure obsessive coffee disorder (OCD)

This is a story about love, loss and a magnificent obsession. It is not for the faint-hearted, nor those easily moved to tears. If you can handle it, read on: a couple of weeks ago my five-star, super-duper, hyper-magnificent Gaggia espresso machine blew its last fuse, melted its last gasket and went to its final resting place in the rubbish bin.
Issue Date: 30 March 2007

The heart of an eagle

  With a thunderstorm brewing in the background the tawny eagle Veruschka flies through the Kalahari sky. After the intense heat of the day a...

Korean yang-nyeom chicken

Kids! Don�t try this at home! Paging through glossy cook books, double-page spreads in larney magazines and watching slick food shows on television, you would never guess that the gourmands who cooked the stuff ever made mistakes. Just to set the record straight, the tale that follows is one of total, self-annihilating failure.
Issue Date 16 March 2007

When it rains buckets

Flood is no joke, so pray for rain - but please don't ask for too much.
Issue Date: 9 March 2007

HYENAS: man-made predators

The past three decades have seen hyenas transforming from scavengers into predators, a change which has impacted enormously on predator populations in Africa's major game regions.

Waterbird culling appeal ‘a travesty’

Hilko insei, an exotic bird breeder from bon accord, north of pretoria

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