A new study just published in Nature, by UCT Geologist Professor Steve Richardson and his international peers has revealed that blue diamonds are a 'superdeep' type of diamond that originate as much as four times deeper in the Earth (up to 660-750 km) compared to most other diamonds.
The MeerKAT telescope, the first phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope in South Africa, will allow astronomers to understand how galaxies form and evolve, study dark matter, black holes and understand some of the most violent explosions taking place in the universe. The trouble is that before we can unlock these secrets of the universe, we have to solve the accompanying big data challenge.
An agreement between CERN and the Department of Science and Technology has put in writing that South Africa is officially a member of the collaboration and involved with upgrades to two of the detectors used in the ALICE experiment,” explains Dr Tom Dietel, from UCT’s Department of Physics and a CERN collaborator since 2005.
Home to approximately 2 600 students, of which some 36% are postgraduate research students registered in the 12 academic departments – Archaeology, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental & Geographical Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, Molecular & Cell Biology, Oceanography, Physics and Statistical Sciences.
Undergraduate teaching is a cornerstone of our activities and the Faculty offers 21 different majors, with possibilities to co-major in subjects located in other Faculties. Our majors are loosely organised into three clusters – those in the biology, earth and environmental sciences, those in the chemical and molecular sciences, and those in the numerical and physical sciences. Our Bachelor of Science degree leads naturally on to a number of different Honours degrees that relate to the undergraduate major(s) offered by the various departments.
The Faculty of Science prides itself on the high regard in which it is held by the international academic community, reflected in part by international world university and subject rankings. According to the latest QS rankings, the Science Faculty at UCT places in the band 51-100 top universities in the Earth and Marine Sciences and in the band 101-150 in the Biological and Environmental Sciences.
The Faculty prides itself on its strong teaching programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and on the strength of its research enterprise. With well developed international links with researchers across the world, the Faculty is a major contributor to cutting-edge, globally relevant research. Susan Bourne Interim Dean: Faculty of Science