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Upgrading the largest experiment on Earth
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 13:00

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.


Prof Reddy to lead International Science Council
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 12:30

Renowned mathematician Professor Daya Reddy has been elected as the first president of the newly formed International Science Council (ISC).

Physics entertains students at Lucy and Stephen Hawking book launch in Khayelitsha
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 08:15

A team from the Department of Physics put on a spectacular science show at the launch of the translation into several South African languages of a children's book, George's Secret Key to the Universe, written by Lucy Hawking and her famous father, 

Scientists stunned by decline of birds during epic Southern African roadtrip
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:00

A two year project to repeat a famous bird survey project across 20 000km of Botswana has confirmed researchers' fears:  many birds of prey are fast disappearing.  Reported sightings of iconic eagle and vulture species have declined by as much as 80%, compared with the previous survey, while some migrant species recorded last time have vanished, according to the study published this week in Biological Conservation.  Associate Professor Arjun Amar from the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology at UCT supervised the research, and PhD student Beckie Garbett led the study.

Distinguished physics teacher leaves his mark
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 11:00

Gregor Leigh from the Physics Department is Leigh is one of four new recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA), a highly prized accolade at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The former high-school maths and science teacher and technikon lecturer shared his thoughts with Helen Swingler.

A new window on the universe
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 10:30

UCT is part of a consortium that is taking astronomy to greater heights with the launch of the new optical telescope, MeerLICHT, which took place in Sutherland on 25 May 2018.

Pint of Science at UCT
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 09:00

The Faculty of Science hosted Pint of Science - an international three day festival (held simultaneously in 21 countries across the globe) that makes science and science research accessible to everyone.  Science students and staff presented their research in a relaxed environment - in the UCT Club and showed how science relates to everyday life.

Discovery of new ocean current underpins PhD
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12:30

It’s not often that PhD research makes world news. Doctoral candidate Juliano Ramanantsoa’s discovery of a new current off south-west Madagascar has rounded off his doctoral research – and brought him and his co-authors international commendation.

Understanding migratory patterns is key
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12:00

Bird migration. where birds fly from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere to leave autumn and enter spring and then make the return journey from autumn in the southern hemisphere to spring in the northern hemisphere, is a challenging process for birds.  These migratory bird habits need to be studied further and in more depth according to Professor Les Underhill, from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT.

The value of storm water
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 11:45

The proposed Cape Town water tariff for 2018/19 ignores storm water as a water augmentation opportunity, even though it could be critical in bolstering the city’s scarce water supply and its resilience to climate change, says Dr Kevin Winter of UCT’s Future Water Institute.

'A great spirit and a wonderful mind’
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:45

Stephen Hawking was “a great spirit and a wonderful mind”, said senior scholar and Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Complex Systems George Ellis in his recent tribute to the renowned theoretical physicist, a collaborator and friend.  George Ellis and Stephen Hawking were postdoc students together at Cambridge University as well as long-time friends. Ellis delivered his tribute to Hawking, who died on 14 March, to a packed lecture theatre in the Department of Physics’ RW James Building.

Digital avatars new in taxonomers’ toolkit
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:45

PhD candidate Jannes Landschoff is using 3D digital avatars to study biological specimens.