Have you ever tried to flip a water bottle and make it land upright? If you have, you know it’s not as easy as it looks. Five UT bachelor students of Applied Physics decided to find out why. They wrote a paper, describing how to optimize the chances of a successful bottle landing, and it got accepted for publication in the American Journal of Physics.
Red, green, blue. Light is in everything and it makes everything around us visible. At the same time, there is light which we cannot see, yet which has a growing impact on our society: photonics. Klaus Boller, Professor of Laser Physics, discusses his views on the sense, nonsense and countless possibilities of what he calls a ‘disruptive, enabling technology.’
Reanimeren met behulp van een VR-bril. Sander Giesselink (24), masterstudent Human Media Interaction, schrijft er zijn scriptie over. Sterker nog, hij bouwde samen met een studiegenoot een 3D-visualisatie, die het reanimeren op afstand begeleidt.
‘When I first saw the finished map it surprised me how connected the world looked. On the other hand, it also shows there is still a lot of inequality in the world. And that there is no easy solution for that,’ says ITC Professor Andy Nelson when asked about the ‘Global map of inequalities in accessibility’, which he helped to create and which was recently published in Nature.
More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, and by 2030 this number will increase to about 5 billion people. Urbanization is happening on a massive scale, larger than ever before, bringing huge social, economic and environmental challenges. To ensure cities remain livable, we need ‘smart’ solutions. Hence, we need to transform our current cities into even smarter cities. How can we do that?
European project CATCH, with the UT as one of its partners, wants to prepare cities for climate change and resulting extreme weather events - by putting water in the center of urban design. It’s starting with seven pilot cities, where new climate adaptation measures are being tested. Enschede is one of them.
Scientists and representatives of 129 countries met up last week at a global UN conference in Medellín, Colombia - to discuss scientific insight into the effects of nature and land degradation worldwide. Among them was an ITC researcher Wieteke Willemen who warns: ‘If we keep degrading nature, we will feel it very hard.’
March was dubbed the ‘alcohol-free month’, encouraging people to stay away from booze for thirty days. ‘It’s a great idea to give your liver a break,’ says UT researcher Ruchi Bansal, who herself is on a mission to raise awareness about liver disease. Although the ‘no drinking’ month is over, Bansal still has a few handy tips on how to keep yourself healthy and she tells everyone: ‘Love your liver!’
To interrogate or negotiate with a suspect can be highly challenging – and sometimes mistakes are made. What should law enforcement officers do if they make an error? Nobody really knew, not until PhD candidate Miriam Oostinga conducted her research at the UT’s Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety Department.
The surface texture of your cup or other tableware affects the taste of what you are drinking or eating. UT researchers proved this in a study published last week.
To improve man-made sensors for detecting chemicals, scientists of the University of Tours (France) and the University of Twente have teamed up to study the role of insect antennas. They are especially interested in the amazing smelling performance of the night moth, which can pick up a scent more than a kilometer away.
Cape Town is experiencing a severe water shortage. Despite strict water rations, the city is preparing for ‘Day Zero’, the day when the authorities turn off water for most of the city’s households. How did it come to this? We asked Arjen Hoekstra, Professor in Water Management at the University of Twente.
‘Phishing is als marketing, maar dan met criminele intenties. Het draait uiteindelijk om overtuigen.’ Was getekend, PhD-student Elmer Lastdrager. Hij onderzocht 700 duizend phishingmails en promoveert daar vrijdag op.
Do you ever take the time in your busy life to wonder about everyday phenomena? Things that are obvious to us, or perhaps just make for a handy trick? Nevertheless, there is always a scientific explanation for such phenomena. In Everyday Science a UT researcher sheds light on an everyday topic.