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Friday, 22 November 2019
Co-creating a locally relevant web

Who is the internet designed for? Is it locally relevant? Who are the people being left behind in the fourth industrial revolution? These are a few of the questions that have emerged from Dr Melissa Densmore’s research into bandwidth-constrained communities in and around Cape Town.

Publication Date:
Fri, 22 Nov 2019 - 12:30
The highest energy light from a gamma-ray burst detected

While it has been decades since the discovery of the first gamma-ray bursts (GRB), some of their fundamental traits remain a puzzle. Astronomers from the University of Cape Town (UCT), including Professor Patrick Woudt and MSc student Reikantseone Diretse, are part of an international team of more than 300 researchers that has gained further insight into the physical processes at work during these events.


Publication Date:
Fri, 22 Nov 2019 - 08:45
San and Khoi claim benefits from rooibos

Transformation in the rooibos sector has been slow. The genocide of the indigenous San people and the virtual enslavement of the Khoi people in rooibos-growing landscapes of the Cape centuries ago, coupled with a government-controlled monopoly during the apartheid years, has led to a highly skewed and fractured industry.

Publication Date:
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 - 09:15
Extinct plant rediscovered after 200 years

One of the first recorded species to have been lost to forestry and agriculture in the Western Cape in the 1800s, a type of fountain bush from the pea family that used to grow next to mountain streams in the Tulbagh region, has been rediscovered.

Psoralea cataracta was discovered by Brian du Preez, a PhD student in botany at the University of Cape Town, when he accidentally stumbled upon a population on a narrow track close to a river on a farm near Tulbagh

Publication Date:
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 - 08:30