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New study finds blue boron-bearing diamonds on rock recycling route
Fri, 03 Aug 2018 - 11:15

A new study just published in Nature, by UCT Geologist Professor Steve Richardson and his international peers has revealed that blue diamonds are a 'superdeep' type of diamond that originate as much as four times deeper in the Earth (up to 660-750 km) compared to most other diamonds.

Celebrating the Life of Professor Bongani Mawethu Mayosi
Thu, 02 Aug 2018 - 10:00

We mourn the loss of Professor Bongani Mayosi.  He was a kind, inspiring man and a brilliant scholar who made seminal contributions to the study of heart disease.  His passion for research and his commitment to the University will never be forgotten.  UCT will be honouring and celebrating Prof Bongani Mayosi's life and mourning his tragic death this afternoon from 15h30 in the Memorial Hall

The universe in a cloud
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 - 13:00

The MeerKAT telescope, the first phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope in South Africa, will allow astronomers to understand how galaxies form and evolve, study dark matter, black holes and understand some of the most violent explosions taking place in the universe. The trouble is that before we can unlock these secrets of the universe, we have to solve the accompanying big data challenge.

Upgrading the largest experiment on Earth
Fri, 27 Jul 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
Tue, 10 Jul 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
Fri, 15 Jun 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
Wed, 06 Jun 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
Tue, 05 Jun 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
Tue, 29 May 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
Fri, 18 May 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
Wed, 16 May 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
Wed, 16 May 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.