Friday, 13 December 2019
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
UCT researchers excel at L’Oréal-UNESCO awards

Four women researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) were among the seven recognised by the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African National Programme for their excellent contributions to science.  Emma Platts from the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, a PhD graduate, was awarded an R80 000 grant to be put towards the completion of her doctoral studies.

Publication Date:
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 - 08:45