February 2020

NWU takes research to new heights!

Welcome to 2020's first edition of the North-West University's newsletter, Research@NWU. The aim of the newsletter is to showcase research projects, researchers and related events. This newsletter is one of seven, distributed to academic staff and researchers during the year.


New-style star accretion bursts dazzle astronomers at NWU and around the world

The meaning of the term "accretion burst" is expanding.

In a rare glimpse at how high-mass stars grow even larger, an NWU astronomer has been part of a 15-country research team that has observed star bursts – or growth spurts – previously unknown to humankind.

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Game on: puzzle video games may grow critical thinking skills

The notion that playing video games is for the intellectually idle is widely held but might not be accurate. Research suggests that certain types of game play can in fact strengthen a range of cognitive, critical thinking and reasoning skills, according to Dr Byron Bunt of the Faculty of Education.

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NWU student brings hope to community cattle farmers

An NWU PhD student has spent the last six years studying how the occurrence of reproductive conditions in cows can be prevented, thereby improving the fortunes of communal cattle farmers. Keitiretse Molefe will graduate in April 2020, and feels blessed to have been part of the research project.

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Hypertension is clouding the joys of childhood

Childhood is normally associated with health, playfulness and a phase in life without worries or fear. However, this ideal definition of childhood is becoming cluttered with unwanted risk factors linked to the early development of cardiovascular disease, especially in South Africa.

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Emotional and psychological effect of crime is complex

The crime figures that Statistics South Africa released during 2019 paint a grim picture. Most South Africans live in fear, not knowing if they will fall prey to criminals. Victims of violent crimes not only lose their material possessions, but can also suffer significant emotional and psychological trauma. However, hard as it might be to believe, some crime victims experience positive growth.

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