Thursday, 3 December 2020
Sensing good vibrations: a remarkable sensory organ in the beaks of ancient fossil birds

Newly published research by an all-women team from the University of Cape Town shows how one of the most ancient groups of birds (from the time of the dinosaurs) was able to detect minute mechanical vibrations in the soil using their beaks. PhD student Carla du Toit from the Department of Biological Sciences is the lead author, Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is co-author and leading dinosaur palaeontologist and Dr. Susan Cunningham is senior author and avian sensory ecology specialist.  

Publication Date:
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 - 17:45
The opportunity presented by the call for decolonization

Dr Margaret Blackie, from Stellenbosch University, presented the Department of Chemistry Transformation Committee lecture, with a talk entitled, "The opportunity presented by the call for decolonization ".

Publication Date:
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 - 17:30
What meteorites can tell us about Mars

Hundreds of millions of years ago something crashed into the planet Mars with enough force to eject pieces of Martian rock into space. Some of these pieces of rock made their way to Earth where they entered our atmosphere as meteors. A precious few landed on the surface of our planet as meteorites. Thanks to scientists like Geoffrey Howarth, a geologist based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), these Martian meteorites are now being studied to better understand the structure and geological history of the red planet.

Publication Date:
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 - 09:30
School of IT Showcase displays students’ ingenuity

Developed by senior University of Cape Town (UCT) students, tech projects and innovations that aim to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems were on display at the 2020 School of IT Showcase this week.

Publication Date:
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 - 10:45