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A global debate on new weapons starts at UP
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 25 Jun 2014

Last year, a global debate erupted around the development of increasingly autonomous weapons systems – sometimes called killer robots. This development means that computers, and not humans, will decide whom to target and when to release force during war and also during law enforcement. The issue was placed on the agenda of the United Nations Human Rights Council in May 2013 by University of Pretoria law professor Christof Heyns, in his capacity as the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

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UP vets’ quest to save our heritage
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 24 Jun 2014

Three rhinos per day are lost to poaching in South Africa. At this rate there will be no more wild rhinos left in the country by 2020. The world should realise this has far surpassed a poaching problem. This is no longer about the person who trespasses to kill an animal so that he can feed his family. This is organised crime and a war we are losing.

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Insurance against environmental damage resulting from fracking poses unique challenges for property and liability insurance
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 23 Jun 2014

According to Prof Birgit Kuschke from the Department of Private Law in the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Law, 'hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can cause immeasurable damage to the fragile Karoo ecosystem and water resources. The old adage that where damage goes, insurance is certain to follow, most certainly applies.'

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Novel strategy and associated instrument aim to help Africans choose and construct careers
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 23 Jun 2014

Prof Kobus Maree, a lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology at UP, has through extensive research and field work over the past eight years, developed an integrated, qualitative and quantitative career assessment and construction strategy, the Career Interest Profile (CIP). The instrument is based upon and also builds on the work of Savickas, and can potentially be used by all people in South Africa and Africa.

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New findings made through a fresh research approach to parables
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 19 Jun 2014

Through his research of the parables in the setting of the historical Jesus (27-30 CE), Prof Ernest van Eck, a lecturer in UP’s Department of New Testament Studies with a C3 NRF-rating, aims to make a difference in the postmodern society. Prof Van Eck feels strongly about social justice and his research is centered around it.

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A first ever in South Africa
Department of Auditing
Posted on 18 Jun 2014

The first DCom degree in Internal Auditing in South Africa will be awarded to Mr Houdini Fourie in UP’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Mr Fourie recently delivered his oral defence of his doctoral degree.

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The chicken or the egg?
Myan Subrayan
Posted on 17 Jun 2014

According to Associate Professor Robyn Alders, Principal Research Fellow in the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, we can have them both – that is for consumption!

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TuksCricket preparations for World Finals are well under way
Blanche Conradie
Posted on 17 Jun 2014

With just more than four weeks to go before TuksCricket leave for the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals, preparations are well under way to ensure that Tuks give their best at this world cup cricket tournament for universities in England next month.

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UP team wins SA national finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup by fighting aliens
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

A team of four multimedia students from the University of Pretoria, who call themselves the Super Sea Dragons, won the SA national finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup. The group developed a game called Orbit, a 2D game set in space in which players assume the role of Atlas, an astronaut who navigates and explores systems of tiny planets, fighting aliens to save humanity.

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Man’s best friend gives more than loyalty and love
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

Man’s canine companion is set to unravel the mystery of human disease through a study about to commence at UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science. Prof Andrew Leisewitz is embarking on a study of canine diseases which will hopefully lead to a better understanding of human diseases such as malaria and multiple sclerosis and possibly yield more effective treatments. Using animal models to learn more about these human diseases, Leisewitz’s two research areas are a tick-borne disease and a viral disease, namely canine babesiosis and canine distemper.

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