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Curiosity 15: #Energy

Curiosity, June 2023: With a global energy crisis looming – to reduce our emissions by 2050 or there won’t be much of a planet left – our researchers are keenly aware of the urgency to find sustainable solutions. Through their research, we investigate the energy and digital divides and explore the untapped reservoirs of physical and mental energy we can leverage when we are depleted and in the dark. Read about lightning, fire, woodland and forests as fuel, and witness the transformation of learning itself, and the role of robots, AI, and machine learning in combating the energy crisis. #WitsForGood #ResearchForGood #InnovationForGood

In this issue:

  • Rolling blackouts: light at the end of the tunnel (page 8): Can South Africa create a new model for many countries facing power shortages, or are we left to muddle in the dark?
  • Bridging the energy gap with AI (page 20): Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) can help catapult South Africa’s energy distribution into the future.
  • Killing cancer with cryoablation (page 32): Advances in non-invasive interventional oncology mean that early cancer, that can progress to advanced life-threatening cancer, can now be frozen, burnt, microwaved, or otherwise obliterated.
  • The energy it takes to navigate an ‘able-bodied’ world (page 34): The implementation of universal design and access could improve the lives of people with disabilities.
  • Clean coal’ – the unrecognised game-changing opportunity for South Africa (page 45): Coal has a bad reputation, but ‘clean coal’ holds various potential opportunities.