Friday, 13 December 2019
Rewriting a piece of history

More than a century after they died, and almost 90 years after the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) unethically obtained the skeletal remains of nine people from the Sutherland area of the Northern Cape, a significant part of their history has been revealed.  Professor Judith Sealy, from UCT’s Department of Archaeology, was tasked with analysing the bones and teeth of the Sutherland individuals, to help determine their origins, as reflected in the chemistry of the foods they ate.

Publication Date:
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 - 08:30
Stay-at-home dad’s curious mating rituals

He’s usually a nondescript, greyish fella when he arrives at his chosen nesting site in False Bay, but  transforms as the spring breeding season approaches when he dons a black nuptial dress, develops handsome white bands on his sides, and swim sideways just to show them off. “The change is mind-blowing,” said University of Cape Town (UCT) MSc student Nina Faure Beaulieu, whose thesis will examine the curious mating rituals of this ubiquitous little South African fish, just 20 to 30 cm long. It’s the first study of the species’ behaviour pre-, during and post-nesting.

Publication Date:
Mon, 04 Nov 2019 - 14:15
Communicating Science to make it more accessible

Sameshan Perumal, a Masters student in the Science Faculty, recently returned from presenting his research in Switzerland at CERN Open Days with the assistance of SA-CERN and his supervisor, Dr Tom Dietel.

Publication Date:
Fri, 01 Nov 2019 - 13:45
Thinking about the future of fishing

South Africa’s approach to managing its fishing industry is supposed to include all interested parties. Fishers and government should work together to make decisions. But this has proven to be easier said than done. A scenario-based appraoch has been developed by UCT post doctoral research fellow Louise Gammage, helps fishers capture important local ecological knowledge to integrate into formal decision-making processes.

Publication Date:
Tue, 29 Oct 2019 - 14:00