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Music, Chemistry and Astronomy
Tue, 18 Aug 2020 - 14:15

Dr John Woodland, from the Department of Chemistry celebrates the fifth birthday of VOX musical group with a hauntingly beautifully choreographed piece of music combined with beautiful images from Sutherland. Music, Chemistry and Astronomy blended...

Women making a difference through technology
Tue, 18 Aug 2020 - 13:30

Two University of Cape Town (UCT) computer science honours students have carved out opportunities during COVID-19 by developing apps that will help benefit the community of Ocean View in Cape Town.  While the lockdown may have put paid to their practical work in the community for now, Mapule Madzena and Ndinelao Iitumba have risen above their challenges and are using their skills online to make a difference in the lives of others.

Mask education project burgeons into creative remote teaching collaboration
Tue, 18 Aug 2020 - 13:00

What started out as a fieldwork project for 10 postgraduate computer science and information systems students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) burgeoned into a multifaceted, interdisciplinary, creative learning experience using remote teaching and design thinking.

Mask education project burgeons into creative remote teaching collaboration
Tue, 18 Aug 2020 - 13:00

What started out as a fieldwork project for 10 postgraduate computer science and information systems students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) burgeoned into a multifaceted, interdisciplinary, creative learning experience using remote teaching and design thinking.

Parasitic finches mimic their hosts to deceive foster parents
Fri, 14 Aug 2020 - 09:15

Research recently published in the journal Evolution shows that the nestlings of brood-parasitic finches mimic the appearance, sound and movements of their host’s chicks. Working in the savannas of Zambia, Dr Gabriel Jamie, a research associate at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at UCT and a team of international collaborators, including collected images, sounds and videos over four years to demonstrate this striking and highly specialised form of mimicry.  Professor Claire Spottiswoode from the FitzPatrick Institute at UCT is co-author of the paper.

Return Mail Campaign Reveals Two Tap Water Worlds Across SA
Thu, 13 Aug 2020 - 09:30

Ruan de Wet, an MSc student in the Department of Biological Sciences, whose research was just published in Scientific Reports, in collaboration with Associate Professor Adam West and Professor Chris Harris, used the Post Office to assist them in getting a National-level dataset of tapwater in South Africa.  The researched revealed that there is seasonal variation in tap water isotopes, which reveals two tap water worlds.

Three ways to secure the ocean’s survival
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 - 09:30

Humanity must change its relationship with the ocean, a shared global commons, to stave off a collapse of the world’s marine environment and resources, says a new paper, “A transition to sustainable ocean governance”, published in Nature Communications. The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Philile Mbatha from the Department of Enironmental & Geographical Science is a contributing author.

New species of plant discovered in Tokai Park
Mon, 20 Jul 2020 - 11:15

A new species of sedge, the Hidden Veldrush (Schoenus inconspicuus) which is listed as critically endangered, has been discovered in Tokai Park. The plant is currently known from fewer than 10 plants on the planet and has only been collected six times at two localities.  The discovered Hidden Veldrush is described in a recent publication by University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers Dr Tammy Elliott and Professor Muthama Muasya and Doug Euston-Brown who first officially noticed the occurrence of the plant in November 2019.

PhD researcher recreates 111-year-old fishing survey
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 - 13:45

PhDs are always a mountain to climb, says marine scientist and University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Dr Jock Currie. But recreating a demersal fisheries survey, first undertaken along the Agulhas Bank 111 years ago, was ambitious, he admits. There were the small matters of finding an old trawler and weaving the manila hemp nets used back then

Emeritus Professor Ken MacGregor: 1946─2020
Wed, 24 Jun 2020 - 13:45

The Faculty of Science mourns the passing of Emeritius Professor Ken MacGregor, who was Head of Department of Computer Science for more than 30 years.  

New study finds more biodiversity in richer neighbourhoods
Mon, 15 Jun 2020 - 12:30

A unique global study has found that wealthier neighbourhoods in cities have more biodiversity in comparison to poorer ones – a pattern that scientists have called the ‘luxury effect’. However, this study found that this effect is far greater in the more arid regions of the world.  Associate Professor Arjun Amar, from the Department of Biological Sciences, is co-author of the paper published this week in the international journal Global Ecology & Biogeography.

Six UCT researchers are ‘Science Oscars’ finalists
Mon, 15 Jun 2020 - 09:15

On 30 July 2020, the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) will host its 22nd annual awards event in partnership with South32. This year, six researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are among the finalists.  Emeritus Professor William Bond, from the Department of Biological  Sciences is one of them. 

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