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Robotic gliders roam the Antarctic waters in unprecedented ocean climate research
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 - 12:15

In an unprecedented study starting in December 2018 and running until February 2020, a fleet of robotic ocean gliders will attempt to occupy and collect vital measurements from the least studied place on the planet - the frigid ice covered Antarctic waters. The gliders will set out to measure how the icy Antarctic ocean absorbs heat, and other climate essential properties, from the atmosphere. Postdoctoral researcher Marcel du Plessis and  PhD candidate Isabelle Giddy are involved in this project.

Accolade for being highly cited researchers goes to Emeritus Professor William Bond
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 - 09:45

Emeritus Professor William Bond, Department of Biological Sciences has just been named as one of the world's most highly cited researchers for 2018.

Chemistry in and out of the laboratory for postgraduates Laa-iqa and Marwaan Rylands
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 - 09:00

Husband and wife duo Marwaan and Laa-iqa Rylands will both graduate with postgraduate Chemistry degrees from the Science Faculty on 14 December - Marwaan with a PhD and Laa-iqa with a MSc. They met while studying Chemistry at UCT and have their sights set on making a career for themselves in this field.

Never too late to overcome the odds
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 - 09:30

Friends often tell environmental and geographical scientist Witness Kozanayi that he left his PhD late. He is undeterred. While his academic journey began later than many and followed a road less travelled, Kozanayi’s resolve never wavered. Now, with graduation imminent, he’s proven “it is never too late to catch up”.

Gold medallist Chibale warns of African ‘brain drain’
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 - 08:45

Professor Kelly Chibale, founder and director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal for 2018 by the South African Chemical Institute (SACI) and has been honoured by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) with the 2018 Commemorative Fund Lecture.

New hope in fight against African Horse Sickness
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 - 11:45

Researchers at UCT's Biopharming Research Unit (BRU)​ in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology have created a promising new vaccine candidate to help prevent the devastating effects of African Horse Sickness (AHS) – and they’re producing it in tobacco plants. 

A new timeline for the evolution of early humans
Thu, 22 Nov 2018 - 11:00

New research from an international team of scientists led by Dr Robyn Pickering, an isotope geochemist from the Department of Geological Sciences at UCT, is the first to provide a timeline for fossils from the caves in South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind – the world’s richest site for fossils of our human ancestors. It also sheds light on the type of climate that our early ancestors lived in and how this changed in the past.

Aquaculture key to food security and nutrition?
Thu, 22 Nov 2018 - 10:45

As the pressure grows on the world’s arable land, aquaculture must play a bigger role in food production if we are to feed a population of 9.8 billion by 2050, as estimated by the United Nations, says University of Cape Town (UCT) Emeritus Professor John Bolton.

Tracing stormwater in the Liesbeeck River - students passion drives scientific discovery
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 - 09:15

Three students from the Department of Biological Sciences, Ruan van Mazijk, Lucy Smyth and Eleanor Weideman, together with their supervisor Associate Professor Adam West, recently had a paper published in WaterSA.  The paper looked at the source of water in teh Liesbeeck River, following a storm.

Inspiring wonder in how the universe works
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 - 08:30

Dr Sahal Yacoob from the Department of Physics at UCT, has been involved with SA-CERN and working on the ATLAS experiment as a representative of not only his country but also his alma mater.  

How the world’s smallest flightless bird got to Inaccessible Island
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 - 09:30

New research, involving Professor Peter Ryan and Dr Martim Melo, from the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology in UCT's Department of Biological Sciences, used genetic techniques to figure out how the ancestors of the Inaccessible Island rail - the world's smallest flightless bird, arrived on the island.

New hermit crab species in 3D
Fri, 02 Nov 2018 - 11:30

Three-dimensional X-ray micro-computed tomography has been used to describe a new species of hermit crab, Pagurus fraserorum, found in the rocky subtidal reefs off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The study, published in PLOS Oneby UCT marine taxonomist Dr Jannes Landschoff and co-author Emeritus Professor Charles Griffiths, from the Department of Biological Sciences, is the first description of a hermit crab in which most of the taxonomic details have been illustrated using 3D volume-rendered illustrations.