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UCT research identifies wildlife crime hot spots in the United Kingdom
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 - 11:00

Dr Megan Murgatroyd and Associate Professor Arjun Amar, from UCT's FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, were commissioned by the UK Government to lead an international study that found that the young hen harriers (a bird of prey) in the United Kingdom (UK) suffer abnormally high mortality compared to other populations across their range.


Cape Town drought a lesson for SA
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 - 08:00

During National Water Week this week, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) African Centre for Cities (ACC) released a new paper which warns that the Cape Town drought has powerful climate-change adaptation lessons for other South African municipalities.  Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel's paper, titled “Unpacking the Cape Town Drought: Lessons Learnt”, aims at ensuring that these lessons will serve to inform other municipalities addressing the issue of drought and water insecurity.

Chibale’s rags-to-riches success story
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 - 08:00

The rag in Professor Kelly Chibale’s rags-to-riches story is the lit one he used to put into a paraffin-filled tub so that he could study at night. Brought up amid violence and squalor in the Zambian copper belt settlement of Kabulanda — whose name, he says, literally denotes “sadness” — Professor Chibale has fashioned a successful career from a tough start.

Shaping the future: topology and big data
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 - 12:00

UCT mathematical physicist Professor Jeff Murugan explains how applying topology – or the study of shapes in space – to big data can help solve real-world problems.  As a mathematical physicist and ‘experimental’ mathematician, Professor Jeff Murugan’s day job revolves around ideas in string theory, quantum gravity and quantum chaos, or as he describes it: “identifying patterns pretty much anywhere that I can find them”.

Student’s 3D-printer plan to change education
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 - 11:30

Denislav Marinov (21), a third-year BSc Physics and Chemistry student in the Faculty of Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT), plans on using 3D printers in South Africa’s schools to level the education playing fields.

UCT students to meet Nobel laureates
Fri, 08 Mar 2019 - 10:00

Five Alumni of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are among 20 top young South African scientists successfully nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to physics in Germany in June.  They will get the chance to rub shoulders with Nobel laureates dedicated to physics.

Real-life Pokémon GO for birders
Thu, 07 Mar 2019 - 14:45

It’s not a return of the Pokémon GO craze; it’s the University of Cape Town (UCT) Birding Club’s Isomi Challenge that has avid birdwatchers racing around to “catch ‘em all” – and in the first week they recorded more than 100 species in just a five-kilometre radius of the campus.

SOS for SA bee research
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 - 10:00

Numerous threats to the environment, including climate change, disease and habitat destruction, have placed the global bee species under threat, making them especially vulnerable to extinction.

That was the warning sounded in a research paper by Dr Annalie Melin, postdoctoral research fellow in the interdepartmental Centre for Statistics in Ecology, Environment and Conservation (SEEC) in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Science.

Why Africa’s smallest raptor has helpers to raise its chicks
Tue, 26 Feb 2019 - 10:00

It takes a village to raise a child – even if you’re the smallest raptor in Africa. According to new research from scientists in UCT's FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, pygmy falcon pairs with more offspring have a better chance of raising healthy chicks when they form groups with helpers. Dr Diana Bolopo from the Department of Biological Sciences is lead author on the paper and Dr Robert Thomson supervised the research

Happy snappers unwittingly gather valuable Martial Eagles data
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 - 12:30

University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have used Google Images to track the dietary habits of the Martial Eagle, Africa’s largest eagle, gaining new data from regions where the species has never previously been studied. This input from citizen scientists could shape many aspects of future research.

Professor Susan Bourne wins International Distinguished Women in Chemistry Award
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 - 11:00

Professor Susan Bourne, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Science, was one of 12 women in the world awarded the prestigious International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 2019 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award.

Developing young climate-change professionals
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 - 12:00

UCT's African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) is serious about developing young climate-change professionals.  Luleka Dlamini, a former intern at the ACDI, is currently studying towards a Master's degree in Environmental & Geographical Science.  She encourages others to pursue opportunities in  the climate-related fields.