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Wednesday, 24 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

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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 newsUCT students are runners-up at GradHack

Gobble, a mobile app that allows the user to create a shopping list by monitoring the food items that they have bought, came second in the annual GradHack hosted by Discovery.

The app was developed by UCT final-year electrical and computer engineering students Michael Evans, Wayne Huang and Kuziwa Sachikonye. Although it was built overnight, the app beat 30 other teams chosen from a total pool of 200 entries.

Over time, the algorithm behind the app suggests better food alternatives by scanning nutritional information from barcodes on food items. When the user is done shopping, the app gives a visual breakdown of their consumption. They can then customise their data as they build healthier diets.

Gobble also makes recipe suggestions, allowing the user to populate their next shopping list based on their favourite recipes.

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Caption Final-year electrical and computer engineering students Wayne Huang, Michael Evans and Kuziwa Sachikonye want to enable South Africans to make wiser food choices.

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