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New single-dose drug could help wipe out malaria

2 May 2017

A new drug, discovered and biologically profiled locally, has the potential to stop malaria before it starts – not only targeting the parasite throughout its lifestyle, but also working against resistant strains of the disease. Read more

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AllSafe app team through to international competition finals

26 April 2017

Last year, in response to a series of rapes, attacks and murders in the Cape Town area, UCT graduates Rowan Spazzoli, Tsakane Ngoepe and Louis Buys conceptualised a wearable safety device called The Guardian that would alert security services, the police and others close by if the user was in danger. Read more

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Hunting for leaks in a mismanaged water system

Africa is home to the highest number of water-scarce countries in the world. In this water crisis, the continent cannot afford to lose one drop, and yet it does – continuously – through leaks in pipes and general mismanagement. 

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Stuart Swan: on water rockets and persistence

On 26 August 2015 at 09:37, the Ascension III water rocket soared into the sky for the first time. It measured 2.68 m in length, weighed less than 1.5 kg and reached a speed of 550 km/h in 0.5 seconds. Most importantly, it shot to an altitude of 835 m, beating the previous world record by 217 m. 

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George Vicatos: where engineering and anatomy meet 

For a long time Associate Professor George Vicatos felt that he was missing some piece of knowledge that rendered his relatively vast education incomplete.

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Lutete Khonde: synthesizing a super antioxidant

Growing up in the DRC, Lutete Khonde had no idea that a decade later he would find himself in Cape Town, dedicating his PhD research to finding new ways of making ergothioneine.

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SA firm to build high-quality components for hydrogen fuel cell industry

SA is a step closer to realising the full potential of its enormous platinum reserves with the launch of a spin-off company, HyPlat, which will be based at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The company is able to manufacture high-quality components for the international hydrogen fuel cell industry.

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Kevin Naidoo: computing, carbohydrates and cancer

Professor Kevin Naidoo’s research takes place at the intersection of biology, chemistry, statistics and mathematics. At UCT’s Scientific Computing Research Unit, where he is Director, he uses informatics and computer modelling techniques to interrogate data and simulate complex molecular processes in disease. 

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How innovation can help companies in a turbulent global economy

While many businesses take strain in a tumultuous global economy, adopting a genuinely innovative mindset to business can help a company survive in this unstable economic landscape. UCT Associate Professor, Kosheek Sewchurran, addresses the role of innovation in the business sphere.

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Latest UCT patent predicts likelihood of active TB

UCT scientists have completed a decade-long project to create a TB biomarker that will test whether a latent TB carrier will develop full-blown TB. The project was undertaken by UCT scientists in partnership with the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Seattle, and a UK patent has been filed recently for the biomarker.

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UCT Spin-out creates innovative breast cancer scanner

For the first time, digital mammography and ultrasound technology have been combined in a single screening unit to cut the time for the accurate early diagnosis of breast cancer. The home-grown piece of equipment was launched at Groote Schuur and seeks to do away with the need for multiple screening tests.


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Why genetic modification is essential for our survival

The use of modern biotechnology, commonly termed genetic modification, is not only safe if ethically and appropriately done, but will be essential to the survival of the human race in the future.

 

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