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Thursday, 25 August 2016
How humans and wild birds collaborate to get precious resources of honey and wax


Honeyguides have long helped people to find honey. New research reveals that the birds can recognise specific human calls and even actively recruit human partners.

Women champion their right to land

Nolundi Luwaya

Nolundi Luwaya is working hard to protect the land rights of women living in rural areas and to put so-called rural issues on the national agenda

Apathy among young people stands in the way of Africa’s demographic dividend

political engagement

While political engagement and participation in public life are declining among young Africans, greater civic education may result in an empowered young citizenry that acts for prosperity, peace and development.

Secret weapon of a busy dean’s assistant

Freda Williams

Freda Williams has been PA to a succession of four deans and three acting deans in the commerce faculty. It’s a job that demands strong coffee.

Diamonds: a scientist's best friend

minerals encased in diamonds

The answers to how and when the continents were formed may be found by studying the traces of minerals encased in diamonds.

Flavoursome and hot: VC concert a delight

annual VC’s concert

The annual VC’s concert, which was held over the nights of 17 and 18 August, offered the audiences a sumptuous feast of musical delights.

How online courses can bring the world into Africa’s classrooms

online courses

Associate Professor Susan Levine gives us a glimpse into how free online learning has enabled her to enhance the emerging field of medical humanities throughout Africa and the world.

‘The pain is still there’: Workers remember Marikana

Marikana massacre

Unity was the abiding theme as students and staff commemorated the Marikana massacre and argued for insourcing a group of former Metro casual workers.

Is all ‘engaged scholarship’ socially just?

David Cooper

Engendering social justice is not as simple as including civil society in university research programmes, argues Emeritus Associate Professor David Cooper.


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Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsAfrican bird may be nature’s evil stepdad

In a study published yesterday in Biology Letters, UCT alumnus Martha Nelson-Flower uncovers the nepotism apparent in the relationships between male southern pied babblers.

Subordinate male birds spend less time in a breeding group if they are unrelated to the dominant male bird, so it seems that stepfathers favour their biological sons. Subordinate male birds are essentially pushed out of the group by their stepdads or, in some cases, their brothers-in-law.

The preferential treatment seen in the male birds was not observed among the females.

“The research is some of the first to show that the sex of both dominant and subordinate birds, and the genetic relationship between them, has a significant impact on their family groups and cooperative breeding behaviour,” said Nelson-Flower, who is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia’s faculty of forestry.

To read the full study, Nepotism and subordinate tenure in a cooperative breeder, click here.

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Caption The southern pied babbler is found in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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