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Health - 05.02.2024
TU Delft develops model to better understand injuries to babies caused by violent shaking
Shaking a baby violently can cause head and neck injuries, blindness and in some cases even death. Researchers at TU Delft, faculty of Mechanical Engineering, are using a dummy baby and computer models to map the accelerations that act on the head during shaking. They want to be able to assess the risk of injury more accurately.

Health - 01.02.2024
Less invasive for patients: using blood tests to diagnose lung cancer
Less invasive for patients: using blood tests to diagnose lung cancer
Sylvia Roovers-Genet defended her PhD thesis at the Department of Biomedical Engineering on February 1st. Currently, when lung cancer is suspected, a 'morsel' of tissue is removed and examined under the microscope. This may change in the future. During her PhD research, Sylvia Roovers-Genet examined proteins in the blood of people with, without, and with possible lung cancer, and thereby developed a method to demonstrate the presence of lung cancer through blood tests.

Health - 31.01.2024
’Staying healthy’ is better than ’not getting ill’ in vaccine information
This vaccine ensures that you do not become ill, no pandemic breaks out, and hundred thousand people do not die. Or: this vaccine causes you to become ill, develop side effects, or die. New research from Radboud University shows that it can be useful to focus vaccine information on what does happen, rather than what does not happen.

Chemistry - 30.01.2024
Grant of ¤700,000 to gain better understanding of nitrogen dioxide with GELSONDE
Nitrogen dioxide is a gas that has a high proportion of nitrogen precipitation and is hard to measure. But that could soon change: the Dutch Research Council (NWO) Open Technology Programme (OTP) has awarded ¤700,000 to the GELSONDE project, led by Paul Kouwer, from the Radboud University Institute for Molecules and Materials.

Campus - 30.01.2024
Finite sphere packing problem: ’sausage catastrophe’
Have you ever wondered what the best way is to pack a finite number of identical spheres into a shape-shifting flexible container, like a convex hull? Researchers from the University of Twente, Active Soft Matter Lab led by Dr. Hanumantha Rao Vutukuri in the TNW Faculty, along with Utrecht University, have investigated this fascinating mathematical sphere-packing problem by combining experiments and computer simulations.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 26.01.2024
Destabilising interactions in the climate system: How tipping elements interact
Beyond 2°C of global warming, the risk of one climate tipping element triggering other tipping elements in the Earth's climate system strongly increases. Furthermore, most of these interactions are destabilising. This is the result of a new study by an international team of scientists, led by Anna von der Heydt from Utrecht University and Nico Wunderling from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Music - Psychology - 26.01.2024
Listening to music after stress: ’Genre doesn’t matter’
Feeling stressed? "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Nothing Else Matters" or "Baby One More Time" might calm you down again. Psychologist and music scientist Krisna Adiasto discovered that music genre doesn't seem to play a role in the songs we choose to recover from stress, but the songs that work do have shared characteristics.

Health - 24.01.2024
Warning label on unhealthy food drives up price
As of January 1, 2024, the Nutri-Score has been introduced in the Netherlands as the official food choice logo. Consumers can thus see how (un)healthy a product is. Marketing researcher Max Pachali did research on the prices of unhealthy products with a warning label and saw that most products with such a warning became more expensive.

Health - 23.01.2024
New website helps make eHealth tools usable for all
EHealth tools can offer a solution to the glaring shortage of healthcare personnel. But not everyone has the technical skills to get started with these tools. That is why PhD candidates Jasper Faber and Isra Al-Dhahir have developed a website for eHealth tool developers to get practical information on building such a tool, with the aim of closing the growing health gap.

Chemistry - Environment - 22.01.2024
New sensor detects chemicals that impair thyroid gland
In a study conducted at the University of Twente, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Open University of Israel, researchers have developed a novel approach to address the environmental challenges posed by perchlorate salts, which have been identified as persistent pollutants with potential impacts on human health.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 18.01.2024
M87* one year later: proof of persistent black hole shadow
M87* one year later: proof of persistent black hole shadow
The brightness peak of the ring around M87's supermassive black hole has shifted 30 degrees counterclockwise in a year. This is shown in new images released by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration , with contributions by Dutch astronomers, has released new images of M87*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy Messier 87, using data from observations taken in April 2018.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 17.01.2024
Costs of scaring grass-eating barnacle geese often outweigh the benefits
Costs of scaring grass-eating barnacle geese often outweigh the benefits
At the current population sizes, the practice of scaring geese off pastures in the province of Friesland probably ends up costing more than it saves. Utrecht University ecologist Monique de Jager and colleagues from Wageningen University and Research, the University of Amsterdam, and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) conclude this based on a model study , that was conducted as part of the Dutch contribution to European goose management.

Environment - 15.01.2024
As water becomes scarce, its quality often deteriorates
Drought and heatwaves result in severe economic losses. To reduce water scarcity, hydrologist  Michelle van Vliet  argues for a better understanding of the interplay between water use and water quality. Water scarcity is more than simply a physical lack of water. Water scarcity intensifies due to three main causes: reduced availability of water, increased water use, and deterioration of water quality which makes it unsuitable for certain applications or functions.

Physics - 15.01.2024
Nanoscale friction investigated to reduce energy losses in future industry
Friction is responsible for nearly a quarter of all irreversible energy losses in the modern world's industry. That is why scientists worldwide are trying to find better ways to reduce these losses. An international group of authors including Igor Ostanin, Assistant Professor at the department of Engineering Technology, University of Twente, investigated the fundamental question of dynamic mechanisms of structural superlubricity (a vanishingly small friction, observed between the two molecularly smooth surfaces).

Economics - 15.01.2024
Bonus boost: financial incentive also works in creative teams
January, bonus time! Many companies pay out bonuses at the end of January. Economist David Schindler investigated whether bonuses work in modern work environments, where teams have to solve complex problems together. Main conclusion: bonuses are very effective and improve performance in this setting by facilitating the emergence of leadership.

Environment - 11.01.2024
Biomaterials contribute substantially to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions but are not yet climate neutral
Biomaterials contribute substantially to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions but are not yet climate neutral
On average, bio-based products emit 45% less greenhouse gas emissions than the fossil materials they replace, according to research conducted by Radboud University, published in Nature Communications. At the same time, there is a large variation between individual bio-based products and more efforts are required to achieve climate neutrality.

Environment - 09.01.2024
Many devastating extremes in 2023 were amplified by global warming
2023 was an extraordinary year for climate: each month from June onward was warmer than the corresponding month in any previous year. In this last half year temperatures exceeded 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900), with some days even exceeding 2.0°C. Throughout the year, extreme weather hit nations around the world including heatwaves, droughts, floods and wildfires.

Environment - Chemistry - 09.01.2024
This is how Professor René Janssen paves the way to better solar cells
This is how Professor René Janssen paves the way to better solar cells
A professor at TU/e and colleagues have found a way to improve perovskite solar cells. An electric car, heat pump, or robotic lawn mower: the world is electrifying, and so more and more roofs are full of solar panels. The Netherlands is even among the European leaders when it comes to generating solar energy.

Environment - 08.01.2024
When water becomes scarce, its quality often deteriorates
When water becomes scarce, its quality often deteriorates
Droughts and heat waves cause great economic damage. To reduce water scarcity, hydrologist Michelle van Vliet advocates a better understanding of the interaction between water quality and water use. Water scarcity is more than just a physical lack of water. Growing water scarcity has three causes: decreasing water availability, increasing water use and deteriorating water quality, making it unsuitable for certain uses or functions.

Innovation - Earth Sciences - 08.01.2024
Unique permanent coastal observation detects minimal changes
A team of researchers from TU Delft has succeeded in long-term mapping of beach topography to within a few centimetres. The unique dataset provides insights into coastal changes for every hour, for three years. This data is important for dune maintenance and to keep the hinterland well protected. The methodology is also being used to monitor other coastlines and even glaciers.