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What is the origin of coffee flavour in pinotage wines?
Martie Meyer
Posted on 20 Jun 2014

Pinotage wines with a novel coffee flavour have been produced by several South African wine cellars for many years. Two scientists from the Department of Chemistry, Prof Egmont Rohwer and Dr Yvette Naudé investigated coffee-styled pinotage wine to establish the compounds responsible for this contemporary profile. This was done by using their own in-house developed and unique offline olfactometric technique, which allows the human nose to characterise odours in a controlled fashion.

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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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Dr Wayne Truter awarded for his contribution to SA Seed Industry
Martie Meyer
Posted on 13 Jun 2014

Dr Wayne Truter from the Department of Plant Production and Soil Science at the University of Pretoria was recently awarded the South African National Seed Organisation (SANSOR)-Bayer “Science for a Better Life Award” for 2014.

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UP Celebrates Youth Day
DUR
Posted on 13 Jun 2014

As South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, it is important to note that it has been nearly 40 years since 16 June 1976 when thousands of students protested against an unjust education system. The poignant image of Sam Nzima’s famous photograph of a deceased Hector Pieterson being carried away became an indelible symbol of the struggle against apartheid.

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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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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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Prestigious journal Nature publishes research led by UP scientist
DUR
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

A researcher at the University of Pretoria (UP), – Professor Zander Myburg – was the lead investigator in a global project to unravel the genetic blueprint of Eucalyptus grandis, a species from a genus of fast-growing trees commonly known as gum trees (bloekoms in Afrikaans) in South Africa.

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