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This water crisis won’t be Cape Town’s last
It’s time to implement long-term strategies in the face of climate change and population growth. In February, Cape Town’s dams were at 36% of their total capacity, down by nearly 7% from this time last year. If the water level falls below 20% it can...
Cullinan diamond
Mysterious origins of mega diamonds
Mega diamonds, such as the Cullinan and Koh-i-Noor, may be worth a king's ransom for their rarity, size and purity, but for Professor Steve Richardson they provide tantalising clues about the evolutionary timeline of our planet.
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"Design thinking" can prepare graduates for the real working world
At first glance, it looks as though the group of young adults is building Lego. But these are actually students at the University of Cape Town’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking.
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Concussions from schoolboy rugby: why parents need coaching
Concussions are one of the most commonly reported rugby-related injuries. Young rugby players have a higher risk of prolonged recovery following a concussion. Preventing concussions in schoolboy rugby is therefore very important.
The role of African universities in achieving the SDGs
In September 2015, United Nations member states adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), designed to provide a pathway to sustainability. While the goals are wide-ranging, said Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, "it is striking how closely they...
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