After years of trying, biologists have succeeded in creating an extremely bright red fluorescent protein in the lab. This is good news for researchers, including cancer and stem cell researchers, who use fluorescent ...
15 Nov 2016
Voter may be more mature than political parties
What is the state of the Dutch voter? Are we seeing a crisis of confidence between people and politics? Are we on the verge of serious problems and will institutional reforms be inevitable if our country is to remain ...
11 Nov 2016
Nutrition protects against the impact of stress on the brain in early life
Young mice that grow up in stressful circumstances go on to have fewer cognitive-impairments and memory problems as adults if they are given enriched breast milk. This has been revealed by research conducted by ...
8 Nov 2016
New theory of gravity might explain dark matter
A new theory of gravity might explain the curious motions of stars in galaxies. Emergent gravity, as the new theory is called, predicts the exact same deviation of motions that is usually explained by inserting dark ...
24 Oct 2016
Antibiotics live in action
A new microscopic technique is enabling scientists to observe the antibiotic daptomycine live in action. This marks an exciting first, because even though doctors have been prescribing this antibiotic for over a ...
24 Oct 2016
The heterogeneous nature of depression
Depression is generally considered to be a specific and consistent disorder characterised by a fixed set of symptoms and often treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. However, the standard rating ...
4 Oct 2016
Choosing a mate: It's the brain, not the nose, that knows
How does a male moth find the right type of female for mating when there are two similar types luring him with their pheromones? In many species, differences in the antenna used by the male to smell these perfumes ...
21 Sep 2016
UvA ranked 63rd in global Times Higher Education Rankings
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is ranked 63rd in the 2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The rankings were released on Wednesday, 21 September.
15 Sep 2016
UvA Economics and Business obtains ‘Triple Crown’ status
UvA Economics and Business’ Amsterdam Business School (ABS) has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This means UvA Economics and Business has officially acquired triple crown status.
14 Sep 2016
Men less sensitive to stigma attached to radical right
In almost all elections in all European countries, more men than women vote for radical right-wing parties. Still, on average, as many women as men can identify with a radical right-wing ideology. The gender gap is ...
13 Sep 2016
ERC Starting Grants for seven UvA researchers
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Starting Grant to seven researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). This individual grant, which is about 1.5 million euros for each project, offers talented ...
12 Sep 2016
Metal to insulator transition understood
Physicists have for the first time succeeded in directly visualising on small scales how a material abruptly changes its state from conducting to insulating at low temperatures. Researchers Erik van Heumen of the ...
6 Sep 2016
UvA again best ranked Dutch university in global QS Rankings
In the newly released 2016/2017 QS World University Rankings, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is ranked 57th, once again making it the highest placed Dutch university. The new rankings were released on Tuesday, 6 ...
19 Aug 2016
Brain more robust than previously thought
The brain is well capable of coping with the erratic way individual brain cells transmit information. This robustness is quite useful because variation in signal transmission doesn’t merely concern noise, but also ...
4 Aug 2016
Toxic blue-green algae adapt to rising CO2
A common type of blue-green algae is finding it easy to adapt to Earth's rising CO2 levels, meaning blue-green algae – of which there are many toxin-producing varieties – are even more adept at handling changing ...
27 Jul 2016
Voice control in orangutan gives clues to early human speech
An adolescent orangutan called Rocky could provide the key to understanding how speech in humans evolved from the time of the ancestral great apes, according to new research.
13 Jul 2016
UvA researchers prove existence of gravitational vortex
An international team of researchers, which includes 4 astronomers from the University of Amsterdam, has proven the existence of a gravitational vortex surrounding a black hole. This discovery explains a mystery that ...
23 Jun 2016
Coherent energy policy needed across EU
The need to maintain a stable and affordable energy supply, coupled with growing demands to switch to renewable ‘green’ sources, are placing increasing pressure on EU electric utilities. To help companies effectively ...
22 Jun 2016
Rewards more effective than penalties for tackling cocaine addiction
People who are addicted to cocaine are bad at changing acquired behaviours and slow to avoid adversity, according to a study conducted by an international team of psychologists including Sanne de Wit of the ...
16 Jun 2016
UvA opens Institute for Advanced Study
On 1 June the University of Amsterdam (UvA) formally launched its new Institute for Advanced Study (UvA-IAS). The new institute offers scholars a haven where they can tackle important fundamental scientific and ...