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Health - Environment - 12.03.2024
Chronic stress and inflammation linked to societal and environmental impacts in new study
Scientists, including Paul Verschure at Radboud University, hypothesize that as-yet unrecognized inflammatory stress is spreading among people at unprecedented rates and affecting our cognitive ability to address climate change, war, and other critical issues. From anxiety about the state of the world to ongoing waves of Covid-19, the stresses we face can seem relentless and even overwhelming.

Environment - 07.03.2024
Publication in Science: Loss of ecosystems incurs higher costs than previously estimated
Across the globe, animal and plant species along with their habitats are disappearing. With this loss, we also lose the 'services' they provide, such as water filtration or crop pollination. An international research team, including Sjak Smulders from Tilburg University, has proposed a new calculation approach to capture these future 'benefits' of nature.

Life Sciences - 06.03.2024
Chimpanzees are able to learn from their conspecifics what they cannot innovate themselves
Chimpanzees are able to learn from their conspecifics what they cannot innovate themselves
Chimpanzees that are unable to figure out a complex puzzle on their own, are capable of learning the solution from other chimps that were trained to solve it. Utrecht University researcher Edwin van Leeuwen and international colleagues conclude this based on experiments conducted with groups of chimpanzees in Zambia.

Chemistry - Health - 05.03.2024
Chemists break barriers and open up super-resolution molecule mass analysis
Chemists break barriers and open up super-resolution molecule mass analysis
Research team measures individual giant molecules with record-breaking precision By modifying and boosting lab equipment, a team of chemists are able to measure individual molecules with unprecedented precision. This precision relates to being able to tell that one single sugar grain is missing from a full 1 kilogram bag of sugar.

Chemistry - Physics - 29.02.2024
Synthetic material sheds new light on how liquids separate
Synthetic material sheds new light on how liquids separate
Hailin Fu found the chemical system that behaves like cell organelles with well-defined segregated areas in a water-based solution by accident. She followed the science to the end though, and she describes her and her colleagues' journey of discovery in a new paper just published in Nature. It is quite rare to see a Nature article, with all'authors on the paper coming from the same institute.

Pharmacology - Health - 28.02.2024
Many new oncology drugs approved in the EU lack proof of added benefit
Many new oncology drugs approved in the EU lack proof of added benefit
Many cancer drugs recently approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) lack clear proof of added benefit. This is particularly the case for drugs that are granted via special processes, intended to accelerate the approval of promising treatments. A research team from Utrecht University draws this conclusion today in the scientific journal The BMJ .

Health - Innovation - 27.02.2024
Improving a non-invasive way to monitor contractions during labor
Improving a non-invasive way to monitor contractions during labor
Kirsten Thijssen defended her PhD thesis at the Department of Electrical Engineering on February 22nd. Her research was completed at Máxima Medical Center and Eindhoven University of Technology. Uterine contractions are a key part of childbirth, but they can temporarily reduce oxygen supply to the fetus.

Health - Economics - 26.02.2024
No-claim settlement can be an alternative to the deductible
The deductible and patient costs are important topics in the political debate in the Netherlands. According to health economics professor Martin Salm, a viable alternative could be the no-claim scheme, which was previously abolished in the Netherlands. He researched how no-claim refunds influence claiming behavior at a large German health insurer.

Electroengineering - Physics - 21.02.2024
Freezing electronics to control diamond spin qubits
Freezing electronics to control diamond spin qubits
Researchers from Fujitsu and QuTech have developed new and ultra-cold electronic circuits to control diamond-based quantum bits. As a result of their joint research project, it becomes possible to build larger quantum computers, through overcoming the 'wiring bottleneck', while maintaining high quality performance.

Psychology - 20.02.2024
Lack of visual imagery does not lead to less pleasure in reading
When people read a book, they typically imagine the story in their heads. But how do people experience a story if they find it difficult or impossible to imagine what is being described? Cognitive scientist Laura Speed and her colleagues found in an initial study of reading in people with so-called aphantasia that they do not enjoy reading less, but they do become less engaged with a story.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 19.02.2024
Delft researchers take next step towards better batteries with widely available materials
Delft researchers are developing batteries that can charge faster, offer more stable storage and are made of sustainable materials that are widely available. In doing so, they offer a cheaper alternative to lithium-ion batteries that consist of rare materials and have a high CO2-footprint. A paper was recently published in Nature Energy by Marnix Wagemaker and Alexandros Vasileiadis in collaboration with researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, on fast-charging Na-ion batteries and improvements made to the negative electrode.

Environment - 15.02.2024
Tropical rainforests are losing their resilience worldwide
Tropical rainforests are losing their resilience worldwide
Tropical rainforests hold a wealth of biodiversity but are globally approaching a critical point. The drastic decline is happening faster than expected, concludes an international research team. The team includes biologist Hans ter Steege, affiliated with Utrecht University and the Naturalis Biodiversity Center.

Innovation - Campus - 15.02.2024
No more soporific lectures
In a unique experiment, researchers at the University of Twente conducted brain measurements on 20 students at the same time. During a one-hour lecture that alternated between passive and interactive, the researchers wanted to learn more about changes in students' concentration during lectures. This could lead to wearable technology that tells the lecturer that students' attention is waning.

Social Sciences - 14.02.2024
Swipe, match, happy? Dating app users less satisfied with relationship status than non-users
Swipe, match, happy? Dating app users less satisfied with relationship status than non-users
Mobile dating apps are a popular way to meet people. They promise a fun partner and a happy love life. However, a new study by Radboud researchers shows that people who use dating apps actually tend to be overall less satisfied with their relationship status than those who don't. Connecting with others through mobile dating apps has become one of the most popular ways of meeting someone.

Health - Life Sciences - 13.02.2024
New technology to identify individual full-length human proteins
New technology to identify individual full-length human proteins
Scientists from Delft University of Technology present a new technique to identify proteins. Proteins carry out essential functions in our cells, while playing a crucial role in diseases like cancer and COVID-19 infection. The researchers identify proteins by reading out the fingerprint, and comparing the fingerprint to patterns from a database.

Astronomy / Space - 12.02.2024
Clouds disappear quickly during solar eclipse
Clouds disappear quickly during solar eclipse
Cumulus clouds over land start to disappear almost instantly during a partial solar eclipse. Until recently, satellite measurements during the eclipse resulted in dark spots in the cloud map, but researchers from TU Delft and KNMI were able to recover the satellite measurements by using a new method.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 09.02.2024
Potential collapse of the Atlantic Ocean Circulation strongly affects European climate
Potential collapse of the Atlantic Ocean Circulation strongly affects European climate
Researchers from Utrecht University have successfully simulated the collapse of the large-scale ocean circulation in the Atlantic Ocean using a complex climate model, revealing severe global climate repercussions with Europe bearing the brunt. They published their findings in the scientific journal Science Advances today.

Physics - Materials Science - 09.02.2024
What did the electron 'say' to the phonon in the graphene sandwich?
What did the electron ’say’ to the phonon in the graphene sandwich?
A TU/e and Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-led collaboration involving researchers from around the world has the answer, and the why, and the results have just been published in the journal Science Advances. Electrons carry electrical energy, while vibrational energy is carried by phonons.

Health - Sport - 08.02.2024
Keeping track: doctor monitors your heart at home
Keeping track: doctor monitors your heart at home
On January 8, professor and cardiologist Hareld Kemps will hold his oration within the Department of Industrial Design. To improve supervision of patients with chronic heart failure, Hareld Kemps, a cardiologist specializing in sports, took inspiration from the professional soccer players and cyclists that come see him.

Materials Science - Innovation - 08.02.2024
New AI tool discovers realistic ’metamaterials’ with unusual properties
A coating that can hide objects in plain sight, or an implant that behaves exactly like bone tissue. These extraordinary objects are already made from 'metamaterials'. Researchers from TU Delft have now developed an AI tool that not only can discover such extraordinary materials but also makes them fabrication-ready and durable.