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Small plastic pollution on South African beaches comes from local sources – UCT study
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 10:00

A new study, conducted byy Professor Peter Ryan, from the FitzPatrick Institute, as lead author, reveals that small plastic fragments polluting our oceans derive from local sources.  

Ecologists warn of risks of drilling aquifer
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:15

Associate Professor Adam West, from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT is part of a group of prominent scientists who are warning the City of Cape Town that they will compromise critical ecological infrastructure on which the health of the region and its people rely by drilling the Steenbras aquifer.

Injectable birth control may raise HIV infection risk by 40%
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:00

The intramuscular injectable contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, or DMPA, may raise the risk for HIV infection by 40% in women, according to research published recently in Endocrine Reviews. Research indicates alternative contraception methods may help protect women. Professor Janet Hapgood from the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology was lead author of the review.

Five signs that Day Zero may be averted
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:00

Dr Kevin Winter from UCT’s Future Water Institute and the Department of Environmental & Geological Science, draws attention to the five signs of progress that could push Day Zero further out and give the City of Cape Town more time to contain the water crisis

UCT researchers discover bone disease in a 265 million-year-old mammal ancestor
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 12:30

Dr Christen Shelton and Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, from the Department of Bilogical Sciences at UCT have discovered an unusual bone tissue pattern that was suspected to be osteomyelitis in the femur of an omnivorous therapsid, more specifically known as a dinocephalian. 

Mapping pixels with UCT eResearch
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 09:30

When Associate Professor Adam West from the Department of Biological Sciences began using drones to collect data from his fynbos study plots, he was confronted by a big-data problem. The customised drones were efficient and collected data easily, but they collected a lot of it – more than could be processed timeously by his laboratory’s computers.

Another win for H3D as Kelly Chibale achieves A-rating
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 12:30

Having grown up in the villages and townships of Zambia, Professor Kelly Chibale, Department of Chemistry, became well acquainted with the ravages of malaria at a young age. Now, inspired by a deep spirituality and a love of chemistry, his invaluable contribution to the ongoing battle against this disease – among others – has been awarded an A rating by the National Research Foundation.

Boosting the breeding success of hornbills
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 11:30

Fear of heights, floods and being mistaken for a poacher punctuated Kate Carstens’ PhD fieldwork on the Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) in the Limpopo Valley and Lowveld regions.Carstens assessed the role of artificial nest boxes to boost breeding success, a tool for conserving these endangered birds. Carstens is graduating with a PhD in Conservation Biology, on 20 December 2017.

Windfall helps train undergrads in air sampling
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00

Atmospheric chemist Dr Katye Altieri, Department of Oceanography, will use her Claude Leon Merit Award, one of five awarded to UCT researchers in 2017, to teach oceanography and atmospheric science undergraduates the rudiments of conducting air quality analyses.

New study on nitrogen pollution in False Bay
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:30

Despite a wealth of research on False Bay, little is known about the chemical make-up of its water, how this varies seasonally and how its vigorous circulation prevents stagnation. But a new study by Dr Sarah Fawcett, Department of Oceanography, on nitrogen pollution in the country’s biggest natural bay, hopes to change that.

Why a proper record of birds in Africa is so important -- for Europe
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:15

If Europe is going to reap the benefits of conservation measures at home, its experts need an understanding of where “their” birds migrate to when they head off to Africa.  Each year, birds migrate en masse from Europe in search of warmer climes for breeding. Many travel as far as Africa. But while their habits are carefully mapped at home, their breeding seasons don’t get as much attention. Professor Les Underhill from the Department of Biological Sciences at UC, explains why this leaves researchers and conservationists on the back foot, and how bird atlases can fill the gaps.

When endemics go epidemic
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 11:30

A recent paper published by UCT researchers Associate Professor Adam West and Professor William Bond, draws attention to the global phenomenon of invasive native plant species – and suggests ways of managing affected ecosystems in the future.