With emphasis on the visually compelling, this blog presents an array of marvellous, intriguing and instructive images, depictions and representations of knowledge emerging from the University of Cape Town’s research archive. We present - in no particular order - juxtapositions of delightful, curious and compelling pictures with links to their sources within the University.

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World's first heart transplant

These are some of the documents relating to the world's first heart transplant, by Dr. Christiaan Barnard at Groote Schuur hospital, in Cape Town, in 1967. These documents are housed in UCT's Manuscripts and Archives department and th

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering concerns itself with processes and devices which convert raw materials into products by chemical or physico-chemical means. In this apparatus no actual chemical process is taking place. Nonetheless, it demonstrates a ra

Subcellular localization of the myelin protein map

Subcellular localization of the myelin protein MBP (labelled red) in a cultured Xenopus oligodendrocyte. Cytoskeletal elements of the cellular processes are labelled by green immunofluorescence. 

Sociable weaver's nest

Sociable Weaver's nest, photographed in North West by A.M. Archer for PHOWN (Photos of Weaver Nests).

Colenso van Wyk field station

During the GEO200F Course in Second Year the class spends 10 days in the field at Laingsburg, to see a close-up of aerial photo of the terrain around the Colenso Van Wyk Field Station

Trilobite fossil

Near prefect preservation of a Trilobite fossil in the Bokkeveld shale, Gydo Pass. source


Image from the production Salome by Geoffrey Hyland in 2010.

Drifting Snow

Drifting snow depositing over the edge of the marginal wind scoops are often fashioned into swirling shapes. Geological expeditions to Antartica.


LADUMA: Looking At the Distant Universe with the MeerKAT Array

White calcitic druses

After the igneous carbonatites had been emplaced the complex was traversed by hydrothermal fluids that were responsible for the white calcitic druses. source