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Groundbreaking study reveals southern Africa as birthplace of modern Homo sapiens, who migrated due to climate shifts

A study has concluded that the earliest ancestors of anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) emerged in a southern African “homeland” and thrived there for 70 000 years, before some migrated due to climate shifts.

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Millions survive breast cancer, but the disease needs vigilance

Statistics show that one in 28 women in South Africa may develop breast cancer in their life. This represents approximately 25% of all cancers in women. Globally, more than two million new cases of breast cancer were reported in 2018.

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Climate change and poverty go hand in hand

The fight to end poverty and hunger through agriculture has become more difficult because of the challenge of climate change. Ending poverty, hunger and malnutrition, and tackling climate change have to be dealt with simultaneously.

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‘Curriculum transformation should extend beyond the classroom’: World-renowned African Philosophy expert delivers public lecture at UP

Professor Mogobe Ramose took guests on an epistemological tour of former prime minister of the Union of South Africa Jan Smuts, and related this to post-apartheid South Africa, highlighting the need for continued insistence on the role of justice and ethics in contemporary South Africa.

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UP and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Network sign memorandum of understanding

UP and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore and prioritise opportunities for synergy between the two institutions for greater impact in the food, agriculture and natural resources sectors on the African continent.

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UP unveils world-class Biomechanics Lab

UP's SEMLI recently opened the doors to its new Biomechanics Lab, which is already providing support services to TuksSport’s first teams as well as elite track and field athletes.

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UP launches United Nations guidelines on less lethal weapons

Researchers in the Faculty of Law at UP led the process to draft the first UN international standards on the use of less lethal weapons. They developed the UN Human Rights Guidance on Less Lethal Weapons in Law Enforcement in collaboration with the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

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Beating hunger: How aeroponics could provide the solution to feeding 10 billion people

By 2050, we will need to produce at least 50% more food than we do currently to feed 10 billion people. However, over half the land in the world is already used to produce food, and agriculture has a significant negative impact on the environment.

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Beating food insecurity with African grains

Food security is a major issue in Africa. About 20% of the African population is undernourished, with sub-Saharan Africa being the worst hit by food insecurity. Of the 821 million people who are undernourished in the world today, about a third are in Africa. Of these, 90% are in sub-Saharan Africa.

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UP Vice-Principal becomes first female president of the Royal Society of South Africa

The University of Pretoria’s Vice Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education, Professor Stephanie Burton, has been elected President of the Royal Society of South Africa, the first woman to hold the position in the organisation’s 111-year history.

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UP and CSIR study reveals plant vaccines could save poultry industry

The University of Pretoria (UP) has joined forces with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to successfully develop a vaccine against avian influenza using tobacco plants, bypassing the many biosafety risks involved with using traditional live vaccine viruses.

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Science fiction offers a useful way to explore China-Africa relations

In 2007 the then President of China, Hu Jintao, delivered a speech to South Africans acknowledging the benefits of a strategic partnership. He also stressed that the connection is not merely pragmatic. It must, he argued, serve to honour and deepen the countries’ long abiding friendship in the future.

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Can robots replace teachers?

A study by the McKinsey Global Institute reports that 50% of companies believe that automation will decrease their numbers of full-time staff by 2022, and robots will replace 800 million workers across the world by 2030.

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Why knowing what black mamba venom does to the human body is crucial

Black mambas are extremely dangerous reptiles – in fact, many consider the species to be one of the world’s deadliest snakes. They won’t seek out human interaction. But if cornered or confronted, they will strike. And their venom is lethal.

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Smartphone technology based on UP research helps young children with hearing and vision problems

A two-minute smartphone test can identify hearing and vision problems before children even start school according to new research published in the prestigious Bulletin of the World Health Organisation.

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UP TIPS study helps make rugby players healthier to perform in tournaments

The largest prospective study on illness in rugby union players has revealed that 70% of the players studied in just one season’s Super Rugby Tournament reported illness at some time during the tournament.

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Central banks are waking up to climate change dangers. It’s about time

The impact of climate change on the stability of individual financial institutions and the financial system in general is growing. It influences the types of activities that financial institutions will fund and the cost of finance.

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UP signs collaboration agreement with University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Unimore)

A mutual agreement of understanding has been signed between the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and UP to collaborate in learning and research support within the car manufacturing and transport industries in South Africa.

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University Social Responsibility Month

This October, the University Social Responsibility campaign will be launched. The campaign aims to raise awareness on the University of Pretoria’s (UP) impact on communities through our social responsiveness and social responsibility initiatives.

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Towards a prosperous Africa – Partnerships for impact

Africa is a continent on the rise, a place where economic performance has proved resilient despite turbulent international events. But Africa is also a continent of contradictions and complexity.

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