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Career - 23.10.2023
Citizens more positive about public employees than stereotypes suggest
What do we think when we think about public employees? They are going home on time, they have high job security and they get paid well. These three stereotypes seem to be universal, according to an international, comparative study by researchers from Utrecht University. But, of course there are more stereotypes and they are sometimes graded differently in different countries.

Innovation - 23.10.2023
New analytical framework identifies inconsistencies in technology legislation
Since new technologies often develop very quickly, it is difficult for legislation to keep up. This can result in a mismatch, whereby the use and ramifications of a new technology are not sufficiently covered by existing regulatory framework, for instance, in data protection legislation. PhD researcher Mara Paun of Tilburg Law School has developed an analytical framework to identify and address these mismatches.

Microtechnics - Health - 23.10.2023
Breakthrough in collaborative magnetic microrobotics
For the first time ever, researchers at the Surgical Robotics Laboratory of the University of Twente successfully made two microrobots work together to pick up, move and assemble passive objects in 3D environments. This achievement opens new horizons for promising biomedical applications. Imagine you need surgery somewhere inside your body.

Environment - 17.10.2023
Spatial patterns show tension between land conservation and livelihood needs
Spatial patterns show tension between land conservation and livelihood needs
There are clear spatial patterns showing where tensions may arise between land conservation and the subsistence needs of inhabitants. That is the conclusion of a new publication in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), authored by environmental scientist Camille Venier-Cambron. In order to meet global biodiversity targets, large areas of land around the world must be restored to nature.

Health - Computer Science - 16.10.2023
Healthcare workers stop active hacker in cybertruck
Last week, researchers and Bachelor's students from the University of Twente investigated whether an escape room simulation of a cyber attack could contribute to increasing cybersecurity awareness. The participants were staff of healthcare facilities in the Twente and eastern Achterhoek regions. Initial results show that the escape room increases cybersecurity awareness among healthcare workers: for instance, participants say they are more alert to phishing, installing software updates promptly, and the use of strong passwords.

Environment - Campus - 13.10.2023
Climate change adaptation actions too uncoordinated worldwide
A new comprehensive survey of more than 1,400 scientific studies has shed light on the challenges of climate change adaptation. The study reveals a critical issue: systematic networking of various actor groups has generally been insufficient. Notably, the main burden has been borne by individuals and households affected by the consequences of climate change.

Life Sciences - Health - 12.10.2023
An atlas of the human brain - mapping every brain cell
An international team of neuroscientists has constructed highly detailed maps of the adult ape and human brain. They have also depicted various developmental stages of the brain before and after birth. It is the most comprehensive and detailed map of mammalian brains ever created. VU Amsterdam neuroscientists Natalia Goriounova, Christiaan de Kock, and Huib Mansvelder, along with neurosurgeons from Amsterdam UMC, contributed to this atlas.

Computer Science - Innovation - 12.10.2023
TU Delft and JetBrains are launching new ICAI lab AI for Software Engineering
How can we engineer better software by using artificial intelligence (AI)- TU Delft and JetBrains are joining their knowledge and expertise on AI and software development in the new AI for Software Engineering Lab (AI4SE). The goal of the collaboration is to develop a deep understanding of how novel AI technologies can strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of software engineering processes.

Environment - Social Sciences - 06.10.2023
Amazon may hold over 10,000 hidden earthworks built by pre-Columbian societies
Amazon may hold over 10,000 hidden earthworks built by pre-Columbian societies
The Amazon rainforest may be home to thousands of hidden earthworks, made by pre-Columbian societies. This is revealed by a large international study investigating the distribution of these hidden structures. Biologist Hans ter Steege contributed to the research. "This discovery tells us that certain parts of the forest may not be as old as we initially thought." The dense Amazon Rainforest may hold far more traces of human civilization than previously believed.

Environment - Life Sciences - 06.10.2023
Amazon may hold over 10,000 hidden earthworks made by past civilizations
Amazon may hold over 10,000 hidden earthworks made by past civilizations
The Amazon rainforest may be home to thousands of hidden earthworks, made by pre-Columbian civilizations. This is revealed by a large international study investigating the distribution of these hidden structures. Biologist Hans ter Steege contributed to the research. "This discovery tells us that certain parts of the forest may not be as old as we initially thought." The dense Amazon Rainforest may hold far more traces of human civilization than previously believed.

Health - Life Sciences - 06.10.2023
New technique to study the interaction between cells
Cells are at the foundation of life. To gain a better understanding of essential life processes, we need to comprehend the language cells use to interact with each other. Biophysical scientist Christian Niederauer from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has developed a new method to study this interaction.

Politics - Media - 06.10.2023
Interaction between debates in the Dutch House of Representatives and social media
What is the dynamic between political debate in the Dutch House of Representatives and reactions, commentary and framing on social media? Academics of the Utrecht University Faculty of Humanities and Data School, investigated this question. The researchers analysed data from various public sources: publicly accessible groups and accounts on X (previously Twitter) and Telegram where the Dutch language is used.

Astronomy / Space - 05.10.2023
Gemini South Captures Cosmic ’Finch’
Using data from Gemini South and other observatories, astronomers have found a new Luminous Fast Blue Optical Transient (LFBOT), a powerful but poorly understood type of cosmic explosion. However, rather than being nestled in a star-forming galaxy like other LFBOTs discovered so far, the latest event, dubbed 'the Finch', occurred in the far outskirts of a galaxy.

Health - Life Sciences - 04.10.2023
Revealing the 'sweet secrets' of coronavirus cell entry
Revealing the ’sweet secrets’ of coronavirus cell entry
Researchers from the Utrecht University have uncovered a sophisticated mechanism by which coronavirus spike proteins can be activated for cell entry. The study , published today in the scientific journal Nature, used powerful microscopes and computer simulations to reveal how a tiny sugar molecule binds to a human coronavirus spike and triggers exposure of components that are required to invade the host cell.

Computer Science - 03.10.2023
Many municipalities do not yet respond adequately to security vulnerabilities
Many local authorities respond too slowly or inadequately to reports about security vulnerabilities. These coordinated vulnerability disclosures (CVD reports) are often made by ethical hackers who aim to make the internet safer. While this process has improved in recent years, the study by the University of Twente and the Dutch Institute for Vulnerability Disclosure (DIVD) indicates that there is still much room for improvement for local authorities.

Environment - Life Sciences - 29.09.2023
Cutting-edge plant research lab NPEC opens its doors in Utrecht
Cutting-edge plant research lab NPEC opens its doors in Utrecht
Equipped with advanced robotics, hyperspectral imaging, laser scanners, climate chambers, and other installations, the Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC) opens its doors today in Utrecht. Researchers at this lab can automatically monitor the growth and development of thousands of plants.

Health - Life Sciences - 29.09.2023
Shining a new light on cell response in the body
Shining a new light on cell response in the body
Researchers develop a new, light-responsive hydrogel upon which cells can grow to study how cells deal with changes in their environment. Our cells have a complex relationship with the body's microenvironment. It has been studied in the lab, but, to date, most studies leave out dynamic changes to the microenvironment.

Innovation - Criminology / Forensics - 28.09.2023
TU Delft and the police increase joint impact
Today, 28 September 2023, TU Delft and the police have strengthened their partnership by signing a framework agreement. The police and TU Delft are already successfully working together in domains such as smarter detection, cyber security, robotics and forensic research. This step enables more and easier collaboration on innovation and new technologies.

Life Sciences - 27.09.2023
An easy way of making aquaculture more sustainable
Changing the way that carp are fed can substantially reduce the amount of ammonia they excrete compared to when they eat the same amount of food all at once. This finding is one of the outcomes of Wouter Mes's PhD research at Radboud University. Mes researched zebrafish and carp (the most commonly bred fish in the world) as part of his PhD.

Environment - Campus - 26.09.2023
Resilience Reflections #9: Speaking each other’s language
Recognising the urgent need to respond to rapid societal and environmental change, resilience is one of the University of Twente's spearheads. As an academic institution, we have a role to play in strengthening the resilience of the social, technological and environmental systems that support us. In this weekly series of the Resilience@UT programme , UT researchers share their personal reflections on current events and trends that impact our daily lives, exploring their implications for resilience.