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Politics - 09.11.2023
Young people show more interest in specific political subjects than in Dutch politics
In a couple of weeks, Dutch citizens aged 18 and above will be participating in an upcoming election. What are the opinions of adolescents and young adults when it comes to politics'. Erasmus SYNC Lab investigated this in collaboration with the Hot Politics labs from the University of Amsterdam. The findings reveal that less than one in three young people (30%) are interested in Dutch politics.

Transport - Innovation - 09.11.2023
Twente Airport as a test location for quiet aviation innovation
Quiet aviation innovation is essential to reduce aircraft noise pollution in the surrounding areas. In the pursuit of quieter aircraft, field sound measurement plays a crucial role. Researchers from the University of Twente are, therefore, developing a sound testing setup and have successfully tested it at Twente Airport.

Innovation - 08.11.2023
Pioneering under polar ice near Antarctica - essential research for future Earth
Pioneering under polar ice near Antarctica - essential research for future Earth
How will the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) behave as our Earth continues to warm? That is what a large international team of scientists, including Utrecht-based earth scientist Francesca Sangiorgi , will investigate in the SWAIS2C project. This fall, the first cores will be drilled in the country under the WAIS.

Materials Science - Innovation - 02.11.2023
New ultra strong material for microchip sensors
New ultra strong material for microchip sensors
A material that doesn't just rival the strength of diamonds and graphene, but boasts a yield strength 10 times greater than Kevlar, renowned for its use in bulletproof vests. Researchers at Delft University of Technology, led by assistant professor Richard Norte, have unveiled a remarkable new material with potential to impact the world of material science: amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC).

Materials Science - Electroengineering - 02.11.2023
Creating efficient transparent p-type conductors
Transparent conductors are essential for many devices, such as touch screens and solar cells. Copper iodide (CuI) can conduct electricity while staying see-through but is not as good as some other materials. Researchers from the University of Twente managed to improve the conductivity of CuI while keeping 75% of its transparency.

Electroengineering - Campus - 01.11.2023
Measuring 5G antennas in the reverberation chamber
Measuring 5G antennas in the reverberation chamber
Anouk Hubrechsen defended her PhD thesis cum laude at the Department of Electrical Engineering on October 26th. We are using ever more (smart) devices connected to the 5G network. The high-frequency antennas they contain are often integrated with chips, and this adds a layer of complexity to testing.

Politics - Psychology - 31.10.2023
Emotions in politics: not the usual pattern
People often feel strongly about politics and this drives their behaviour. For instance, anxiety often motivates people to learn more about a political issue and anger brings us to the voting booth. But we know relatively little about where these emotions come from or how to predict them. Political scientist Isabella Rebasso studied political emotions and found they do not follow the usual pattern of emotions, as we know them in everyday life.

Health - 31.10.2023
Why did so many people die of coronavirus in nursing homes of all places?
13:20 Publication Nursing homes were hit very hard during the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly half of all Dutch people who died of coronavirus lived in a nursing home. Marlies Bär of the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management conducted a study with colleagues Judith Bom, Pieter Bakx and Bram Wouterse on the possible causes.

Politics - Media - 31.10.2023
Dutch youths’ perspectives on politics
In a collaborative effort involving researchers from the Hot Politics Lab and the SYNC Lab EUR have unveiled intriguing insights into the political attitudes of Dutch adolescents and young adults aged 10 to 25 residing in Rotterdam. The findings shed light on how the youth perceive and engage with politics, offering valuable implications for the future of democracy.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 31.10.2023
Science and citizens collaborate to understand natural methane removal
How does Saharan dust remove the powerful greenhouse gas methane from the atmosphere above the Atlantic Ocean? Recently, Utrecht University and other institutes started a research project in collaboration with the shipping industry to answer this question. Once every month, boxes of flasks arrive on the sixth floor of the Buys Ballot building at Utrecht University.

Life Sciences - Health - 30.10.2023
TU Delft joins EBRAINS: advancing brain research and innovation
Today marks a significant milestone as TU Delft officially joins EBRAINS, a state-of-the-art digital research infrastructure developed by the EU-funded Human Brain Project, which serves as a comprehensive hub for brain-related data and tools. Its overarching mission is to facilitate collaborative research and translate scientific breakthroughs into tangible innovations, ultimately improving the lives of patients and benefiting society as a whole.

Life Sciences - Materials Science - 26.10.2023
DNA Origami nanoturbine sets new horizon for nanomotors
DNA Origami nanoturbine sets new horizon for nanomotors
A collaborative team of researchers led by prof. Cees Dekker at TU Delft, in partnership with international colleagues, introduces a pioneering breakthrough in the world of nanomotors - the DNA origami nanoturbine. This nanoscale device could represent a paradigm shift, harnessing power from ion gradients or electrical potential across a solid-state nanopore to drive the turbine into mechanical rotations.

Physics - Electroengineering - 26.10.2023
Controlling waves in magnets with superconductors for the first time
Quantum physicists at Delft University of Technology have shown that it's possible to control and manipulate spin waves on a chip using superconductors for the first time. These tiny waves in magnets may offer an alternative to electronics in the future, interesting for energy-efficient information technology or connecting pieces in a quantum computer, for example.

Health - Pharmacology - 25.10.2023
Protein analysis identifies predictors of effectiveness of breast cancer treatment
Protein analysis identifies predictors of effectiveness of breast cancer treatment
By mapping the proteins present in breast cancer cells, researchers Donna Debets and Kelly Stecker from the AltelaarLab investigated how one can predict the effectiveness of conventional treatment for HER2 positive breast cancer. The study sheds light on the why and how behind breast cancer's diverse responses to treatment, presenting a step towards personalised oncology.

Pedagogy - 25.10.2023
Improved ICT infrastructure leads to better math skills
Students who are more digitally skilled also perform better in math. New research from Renae Loh and others at Radboud University shows that in countries with better availability of ICT in schools, math performance benefits greatly. It further suggests that improving the ICT environment in schools can reduce inequality in education between countries.

Chemistry - Environment - 25.10.2023
How a small 'gap' brings green energy storage through electrolysis closer
How a small ’gap’ brings green energy storage through electrolysis closer
An article by TU/e researcher Thijs de Groot and his team on the usefulness of a small cathode gap in alkaline electrolyzers appeared in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy recently. Green hydrogen is a serious contender to become a renewable energy carrier. For example, we could use it to store solar and wind energy during peaks in order to utilize the energy when the sun is no longer shining and the wind is calm.

Astronomy / Space - 25.10.2023
Astronomers witness heavy elements emerge after bright gamma-ray burst
An international team of astronomers including Radboud astronomers Ashley Chrimes, Nicola Gaspari, Andrew Levan, Daniele Bjorn Malesani and Maria Ravasio has discovered heavy elements in the wake of a bright gamma-ray burst in a galaxy about 1 billion light-years away. The burst occurred on March 7, 2023, when two neutron stars merged to form a so-called kilonova.

Health - Environment - 24.10.2023
Researchers have discovered a link between certain PFAS and an increased risk of thyroid cancer
An international team of researchers, led by Mount Sinai, has discovered a link between certain perand polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and an increased risk for thyroid cancer, according to a study published in eBioMedicine today. PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals," are a large, complex group of synthetic chemicals that can migrate into the soil, water, and air.

Economics - 24.10.2023
In the subscription economy, research finds that most of us are oversubscribed
How many subscriptions do you have? A large study by Anna Paley and Niels van de Ven from Tilburg University shows that you probably have more than you realize, and that you're spending a lot more money on subscription services than you think. The researchers found a new way of nudging people towards better insight into their finances, which proves to be highly effective in helping the oversubscribed cut down on their monthly subscription charges.

Computer Science - 24.10.2023
On the right track
On the right track
Mark Bouwman defended his PhD thesis at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science on October 23rd. In a few years, the safety system for switches and signals along European railroads will change so that the same system will be used across the entire network. The system will no longer be controlled via a direct cable, but with packets of information transmitted through a fiber optic network.