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A new development could mean vastly increase data transfer over optical fibre cables. Shutterstock

Twisted light could dramatically boost internet speeds

The design of a new chip to detect the twisted nature of light waves could pave the way for next generation of optical communication technologies.
The Large Hadron Collider is playing a key role in enabling the collection of big data. Supplied

The big data challenge and how Africa can benefit

Big data is about processing large amounts of data. It is often associated with multiplicities of data. But the ability to generate data outpaces the ability to store it.
Could these gentlemen be early pioneers of textspeak? Council Flat Holm Project/Wikimedia Commons

LOL in the age of the telegraph

Long before 'sup' and 'hwu' there was 'Hw r u ts mng?'
Listen up! Your research too could be in the eye of the storm. thomas koch / Shutterstock.com

Five things I learned when my research went viral

What's behind a plant scientist's research getting reported in over 4,000 media outlets? Here's her post-game analysis.
“Hey, where are u?” “Ummm, right next to you”. TonZ

Watch where you put that emoticon AND KEEP YOUR VOICE DOWN

Emoticons, punctuation and creative spelling have been debated, condemned, and regulated since the very beginning of online text-based communication. We’ve all seen “netiquettes” on how not to use ALL…
Is the digital world making communication easier or harder? Envato

Does Skype help or hinder communication?

Speech is the one of the most important forms of communication between humans. The internet has opened doors for us to communicate with people across the globe – but the technology often leads to misunderstanding…

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