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Results: 21 - 40 of 71
  • 27 Nov 2019
    First gamma-ray burst detection in very-high energy gamma light

    On 21 November two Nature papers appeared on the detection of a gamma-ray bursts in the 100 GeV domain, observed by MAGIC and HESS.

  • 18 Nov 2019
    Machine learning
    ‘Solving problems in big cities using machine learning’

    Maarten Sukel wants to improve the liveability of cities. To achieve this, he is working on machine learning models with various time frames. ‘For the city, I’m trying to solve day-to-day problems happening right ...

  • 18 Nov 2019
    Managers do not conform to the standard model of profit maximisation

    People rely on emotions and moral standards, such as the consideration of fairness, in their financial decisions. This makes them less rational than classical economic models tend to assume. One of Professor Sander ...

  • 18 Nov 2019
    Men are more competitive than women in the workplace

    New research confirms that men have a more competitive attitude than women. This result may partially explain why men often have higher positions and higher incomes. At the same time, more diversity could be achieved ...

  • 4 Nov 2019
    New device for analysis of chemical kinetics
    New simple device greatly improves analysis of reaction kinetics

    Researchers at the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) have developed a new device for measuring the kinetics of gas-producing reactions. This simple benchtop device, of ...

  • 23 Oct 2019
    A new light-emitting material

    A team of physicists, including Chia-Ching Huang and Katerina Dohnalova Newell from the University of Amsterdam, have collaborated on the development of a new material with promising light emission properties. Their ...

  • 17 Oct 2019
    Dydrogesterone structure
    University of Amsterdam improves method for determining the structure of complex molecules in medicines

    Spectroscopy based on 'vibrational circular dichroism' (VCD) can significantly improve the practical determination of the structure of chiral molecules. Researchers at the University of Amsterdam have improved VCD so ...

  • 10 Oct 2019
    Robotic metamaterial
    Vibration in one direction only

    Electronic components such as transistors transmit electric currents in one direction only. What if we could create materials that could achieve similar effects for mechanical vibrations? For many applications, ...

  • 10 Sep 2019
    Human emotional vocalisations: learned or innate?

    Are emotional expressions shaped by innate specialised mechanisms that guide learning, or do they develop exclusively from learning? In a classic ‘nature versus nurture’ study, social psychology researcher Disa ...

  • 4 Sep 2019
    9/11: One event, many meanings

    The 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers prompted an intensification of the debate around Islam in the Netherlands, while in the United States they were seen as a brutal disruption of its national security utopia. Is an ...

  • 2 Sep 2019
    Novel insights into regulation of plant-fungi symbiosis

    Many plants have a symbiotic relationship with fungi to help them mobilize nutrients from their surroundings. Establishment of the relationship is regulated via signalling pathways, of which much was still unknown. ...

  • 1 Aug 2019
    Encoding gravity… without gravity

    Surprisingly, the combination of gravity and quantum mechanics can be encoded in laws of nature that do not involve gravity at all. Physicists from the UvA Institute of Physics and several US universities have now ...

  • 15 Jul 2019
    Plants, IBED
    Plants under drought stress change their microbes through their roots

    Plants that are under stress from drought can change the behavior of nearby fungi and bacteria, according to a new study led by Franciska de Vries, professor of Earth Surface Science at the University of Amsterdam. ...

  • 9 Jul 2019
    Robot thinking with mathematic formulas in the background
    Machine learning may help managers to make better decisions

    For his PhD research, Qingchen Wang investigated how machine learning can be used in operation management and digital marketing. Businesses are doing a great job to gather data, but not to use it. Wang takes the next ...

  • 9 Jul 2019
    Bubbles in Amsterdam
    Monetary policy might be able to limit bubbles in financial markets

    Experiments by behavioural economist Myrna Hennequin suggest that an interest rate hike, combined with a transparent interest rate policy, might dampen expectations that drive bubbles in financial markets. ‘We wanted ...

  • 9 Jul 2019
    Measuring preferences through virtual choice questions

    Sophisticated choice questions and statistical methods are a way to obtain a good insight into people’s preferences. Statistical researcher Roselinde Kessels of the University of Amsterdam uses such methods to study ...

  • 9 Jul 2019
    Smog, China
    Drop in air pollution a major boost for solar power in China

    China could significantly increase its production of solar-generated electricity by taking meaningful steps to cut back current air pollution levels. This is one of the main conclusions of a new joint research paper ...

  • 2 Jul 2019
    Daily hormone cycle important for the aging brain

    Aging comes with a risk of cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The maintenance of neural stem cells is important to keep the brain functioning. Unfortunately, these cells ...

  • 21 Jun 2019
    Zelfportret, Vincent van Gogh, 1887 (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)
    The similarities between a Van Gogh painting and a golf ball

    On a molecular scale, there are surprising similarities between the outer shell of a golf ball and the white oil paint used by Van Gogh and his contemporaries. In both cases, the interactions between zinc ions and ...

  • 18 Jun 2019
    Klimaatverandering / microben
    Leaving microbes out of climate change conversation has major consequences, experts warn

    An international group of leading microbiologists, including UvA professor Jef Huisman, have issued a warning that climate change will have a major impact on microorganisms with cascading effects on ecosystems, ...