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Results: 1 - 20 of 99
  • 16 Jul 2020
    From boiling eggs to blood clotting: how do gels form?

    Gels occur everywhere in our everyday life, but the precise way in which they form is not very well understood. Combining experimental observations and numerical models, physicists from the universities of Amsterdam ...

  • 9 Jul 2020
    AI Students find fatal flaw in famous study on Traveling salesman problem

    'Basically, it's a skewed distribution, a particular mean, a roundoff error and a specific algorithm, all coming together at a very unfortunate intersection,' says Daan van den Berg. The traveling salesman problem ...

  • 8 Jul 2020
    Detecting hidden nanostructures by converting light into sound

    Researchers at ARCNL have found a way to detect nanostructures buried under many layers of opaque material, using very high frequency sound waves induced by light. Their findings are promising in view of applications ...

  • 6 Jul 2020
    Why are offspring of older mothers less able to live long and prosper?

    The offspring of older mothers don’t fare as well as those of younger mothers, in humans and many other species. They aren’t as healthy, or they don’t live as long, or they have fewer offspring themselves. A ...

  • 3 Jul 2020
    Offer employees challenging tasks, but vary in the type of challenge

    Employees seek challenging experiences in their job in order to develop their skills. It is no surprise then, that many people are looking for challenge. According to the results of a new study, led by organisational ...

  • 1 Jul 2020
    How The Hague became ‘Beat City no. 1’

    What made The Hague into a place that could produce such worldwide hits as Venus and Radar Love? According to social geographers Robert Kloosterman and Amanda Brandellero, it was a combination of influences from the ...

  • 26 Jun 2020
    Transforming Dutch youth care. Learning from Utrecht

    Since 2015, Dutch municipalities are responsible for all youth care. Most Dutch municipalities have made limited progress in achieving the main goals of the reform while also struggling with endemic budget deficits. ...

  • 18 Jun 2020
    Humans can recognise behavioural contexts from chimpanzees’ vocalizations

    A new study shows that humans can infer specific information when genetically closely related species verbally express emotions. In an experiment including over 3000 human listeners judging 155 vocalizations of 66 ...

  • 15 Jun 2020
    Where have the swans gone?

    Nearly 13 kilometers per year: that is the rate at which the wintering area of Bewick's swans has shifted east over the past 50 years. It's a discovery with consequences for the conservation of this migratory ...

  • 8 Jun 2020
    Are strongmen a particular ‘breed’ of political figures?

    We know much about the behaviour and policies of right-wing autocrats, but little was known about their personality profile. Alessandro Nai (University of Amsterdam) and Emre Toros (Hacettepe University, Ankara) ...

  • 4 Jun 2020
    Bacteria fed by algae biochemicals can harm coral health

    Though corals worldwide are threatened due to climate change and local stressors, the front lines of the battle are microscopic in scale. Under stress, many reefs that were formerly dominated by coral are shifting to ...

  • 2 Jun 2020
    New method for more accurate determination of time of death at crime scenes

    Researchers from Amsterdam UMC, the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) - partners in the forensic research institution the Co van Ledden Hulsebosch Center - have developed a method ...

  • 28 May 2020
    Coronavirus: the importance of ventilation

    Using laser light techniques, UvA physicists and medical researchers have found that small cough droplets, potentially containing virus particles, can float in the air in a room for many minutes, especially when the ...

  • 25 May 2020
    Cultural override affects tool use in chimpanzees

    ‘Cultural override’ is a phenomenon typical of humans in which we seek out resources based on cultural preference regardless of availability. Sometimes this can be a constraint on behavior, when readily-available ...

  • 19 May 2020
    What can we learn from street experiments?

    For a long time the car appeared to be the dominant force in urban streets but, increasingly, we are seeing experiments which aim to design streets as places for people. Especially now that our use of public spaces ...

  • 18 May 2020
    SIGN-HUB's documentary: 'We were there – we are here'

    The 40-minute documentary movie 'We were there – we are here' includes short fragments from the 137 interviews that were conducted in Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey in the context of the SIGN-HUB ...

  • 15 May 2020
    Closing schools increases educational inequality

    When the schools in the Netherlands closed on 16 March, children had to learn at home and parents took up a key responsibility to assist them. Preliminary research by the University of Amsterdam suggests that this ...

  • 13 May 2020
    How did the old masters make their ultramarine?

    Researchers at the Rijksmuseum, the University of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) have developed a method that reveals how the costly pigment ultramarine was prepared ...

  • 12 May 2020
    Island biodiversity best conserved in inaccessible landscapes

    Islands contribute enormously to global biodiversity, but are threatened by human activities. To understand why some islands have been more impacted since first human settlement than others, a new study compared ...

  • 7 May 2020
    The power of zero when selling a house

    When Amsterdam real estate buyers were competing for properties, sellers setting asking prices that ended in one or more zeroes achieved higher prices. That was the finding of a new paper, written by a team of ...