UKZN academic part of ground-breaking language research
Professor Jochen Zeller, Associate Professor in Linguistics in the College of Humanities, is part of an international research team, led by experts from the University of Birmingham and the Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS), Berlin, that discovered that iconic vocalisations can convey a much wider range of meanings more accurately... Read more
Do people use digital media as much as they think they do?
Most studies linking media use with wellbeing use self-reported estimates of media use, but a new analysis of data from over 50 000 individuals suggests that self-reported media use does not accurately reflect objective measures of device-logged media use. This implies that caution is needed when drawing wide-reaching conclusions from... Read more
Mandela University researchers focus on national student entrepreneurship project
Business Management’s Prof Shelley Farrington, as local promoter, and masters’ student Riyaad Ismael as lead researcher, have been focussing on the identification and distribution of best practices in university-based student entrepreneurship support and creating a student entrepreneurship development tool. Their research forms part of an international collaborative project entitled... Read more
Fungal infections might be dangerous to COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms in ICU
COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms who end up in intensive care units in hospitals are at risk of contracting an invasive fungal infection that might influence their outcomes and hamper treatment efforts. These fungal co-infections in COVID-19 patients on ventilators may contribute to the high mortality rate of these... Read more
Indigenous South African oral cultures a potential environmental knowledge system
Two researchers from the University of the Free State (UFS) aim with their research to examine the portrayal of environmental conservation in oral stories from indigenous South African cultures. They also hope to add the under-researched genres of oral cultures to mainstream inter-/cross-/multi-disciplinary inquiries on environmentalism, the climate crisis,... Read more
New discovery lands NWU researcher a spot in top science publication
When magnetic fields and long strokes of hot gas known as jets interact, the jets become bent. This is an important discovery and, for his contribution to it, Prof James O Chibueze has earned a space in the prestigious research publication Nature. An associate professor at the North-West University’s Centre... Read more
WSU studies the risk of cardiovascular diseases in babies born to african women on ARV treatment
WSU in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital, Mthatha General Hospital and the Medical University of Graz in Austria are working on a clinical trial for Cardiometabolic Health of Children Exposed to Anti-Retroviral (ARV) Therapy. Cardiometabolic disease describes a spectrum of conditions beginning with insulin resistance, progressing to... Read more
Ancient secrets from the understudied Kalahari
Dominant theories of human evolution say our ancestors evolved behaviours seen as ‘modern’ about 100 000 years ago along the South African coast. With sites like Blombos Cave and Pinnacle Point revealing remarkable evidence of modern humans and their reliance on marine resources, the theory makes sense. But some researchers,... Read more
SU to launch new School for Climate Studies
In what promises to be a groundbreaking initiative in the battle against climate change, Stellenbosch University (SU) has announced the establishment of a new School for Climate Studies, which will be officially launched in June 2021. The School will create transdisciplinary capacity to combine the climate-related knowledge systems of... Read more
Four outstanding Unisans in the running for ‘Science Oscars’
Four Unisa academics have been announced by the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) as nominees for the prestigious 2020/2021 NSTF-South32 Awards that recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET), and innovation. The awards are referred to as the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa. They are the... Read more

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