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Results: 41 - 60 of 72
  • 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, ...

  • 12 Jun 2019
    Boys silhouette
    The dark side of personality

    Social life entails countless situations in which people have to trust each other. From mundane family matters to profane issues such as trade negotiations among world leaders in a conflicted globalized world – all ...

  • 20 May 2019
    Social anxiety linked to both low and advanced emotional intelligence in children

    Why are some children more socially anxious than others? According to one line of thought, socially anxious children are poor at reading the mental states of others, while another line of thought argues that socially ...

  • 9 May 2019
    Teapot effect
    Why we always spill tea

    Who has never spilled water, tea or wine while pouring it? Pouring liquids is difficult because they tend to cling to the bottle or the teapot spout rather than flowing directly into your cup or glass. A team of ...

  • 25 Apr 2019
    Baby holding finger
    Parents and ‘smart crib’ can soothe baby with sensory stimuli

    What is the most effective way for parents to soothe their crying babies? A combination of sensory stimuli – by way of swaddling, sound and movement – can help, according to a new study by SEIN, the expertise centre ...

  • 24 Apr 2019
    Researchers Nikhef and UvA measure slowest radioactive decay ever

    In the underground Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy, researchers have measured the slowest radioactive decay ever. The result is a spin-off from the XENON experiment’s search for dark matter, which uses several tons of ...

  • 5 Apr 2019
    What do earthquakes and violins have in common?

    A violinist produces music because his or her bow 'stick-slips' along the strings of the violin: there is no continuous sliding movement, but an alternation of standstill and slip. This effect is caused by the fact ...

  • 5 Apr 2019
    ABS research: Does it pay for cities to be green?

    Air pollution is considered to be the greatest human health risk and over 60% of the world population has to deal with water scarcity. City governments are expected to take the lead in tackling these major issues. ...

  • 19 Mar 2019
    Robot thinking with mathematic formulas in the background
    'AI can unintentionally result in discrimination'

    'Although a majority of organisations do not set out to discriminate, they may be unaware, however, that the systems they rely on can have discriminatory effects', writes Professor Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius in ...

  • 14 Mar 2019
    Member States distort each other's bond markets

    Around the time that a EU Member State issues new government bonds, yields in its own country as well as in other countries go up. As a result, all governments incur additional costs, which may actually be ...

  • 14 Mar 2019
    Kantoorgebouw Eureka
    Organisational psychologist Berkers: ‘Nobody examines what employees actually do’

    Fixed work activities are a thing of the past. Hannah Berkers, who recently obtained her PhD as an organisational psychologist, discusses employees’ tasks, how these change and how this impacts employees, their ...

  • 13 Mar 2019
    Negative emotions can reduce our capacity to trust

    It is no secret that a bad mood can negatively affect how we treat others. But can it also make us more distrustful? Yes, according to a new study, which shows that negative emotions reduce how much we trust others, ...

  • 13 Mar 2019
    Housing Amsterdam
    Marketability of real estate as a price change predictor

    Rising prices on the property market are usually preceded by better marketability, or more ‘liquidity’. Even the number of clicks on property site Funda can be a precursor of rising prices. Researcher Dorinth van ...

  • 5 Mar 2019
    'Online Price Discrimination Unfair'

    Same website, same product, different price than your next door neighbour. Or a plane is almost fully booked and the price for the remaining tickets shoots through the roof. The rise of Big Data has vastly increased ...

  • 1 Mar 2019
    Which employees have the best ideas?

    We all know people at work who express themselves frequently, quickly and fluently as well as people who express themselves less often. But which of them come up with the best ideas and how do they arrive at those ...

  • 26 Feb 2019
    Neutrinos seen in the clustering of galaxies

    At early times, the universe was an energetic mix of strongly interacting particles. The first particles to break free from this dense soup were neutrinos, the lightest and most weakly interacting particles of the ...

  • 12 Feb 2019
    IViR Research Project on Film Financing

    How does territoriality factor into the way films are funded in the EU? Bernt Hugenholtz, Joost Poort, Gijs van Til and Peter Lindhout have presented their study “Film Financing and the Digital Single Market: its ...

  • 7 Feb 2019
    Discovering new particles using black holes

    Some theories that go beyond the Standard Model of particle physics predict the existence of new ultralight particles, with masses much below the lightest known particles in nature. When these particles have very ...

  • 7 Feb 2019
    Politics, Dutch parliament, The Hague
    Liberals lecture, conservatives communicate

    Some politicians use complex language, for instance long sentences with difficult words, while others communicate clearly and to the point. Can this difference be explained by the political ideology to which they ...

  • 5 Feb 2019
    Are terrorists mentally ill?

    Were Anders Breivik’s actions the work of a madman? Is Theo van Gogh’s killer Mohammed Bouyeri a psychopath? Much is still unclear about the role of psychological disorders (psychopathology) in terrorism. While some ...