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Smelling like a night moth

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.

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Cape Town is running out of water

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.

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Phishing: ‘Overtuigen, opletten en brandjes blussen’

‘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.

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Everyday Science: elevator awkwardness

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.

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Who wants to live forever?

We are already able to 3D print skin, create any organ cells using urine, build exoskeletons that allow paralyzed patients to walk again. One medical team is even planning to perform the first ever head transplant next year. The possibilities of medical technology seem limitless. Are they? Will we, one day, be able to replace or repair any part of the human body? Will we become immortal?

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Africa is splitting up

‘In the right place, at the right time’ almost never applies to earthquakes. Nevertheless, ITC professor Mark van der Meijde uses this expression when he talks about an earthquake that happened earlier this year in Botswana. It confirmed exactly what his colleagues and he suspected: the African soil is completely unlike what scientists have always believed it to be – which can have major consequences for the continent.

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Early detection of cancer using blood samples

Cancer is the second main cause of death in the world. This is partly due to issues in cancer treatment, specifically the late detection of the disease. It is therefore paramount to develop novel detection methods and PhD researcher Agustin Enciso-Martinez is working on precisely that.

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Older people and technology: a good combination?

‘We have technology with us 24/7, so why not use it to make people more active?’ says Miriam Cabrita, a UT researcher whose PhD work has focused on promoting physical activity of older adults. She will defend her PhD thesis tomorrow, right after the ‘Symposium on Active and Healthy Ageing Supported by Technology’.

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Everyday Science: de vijfsecondenregel

Sta je in je drukke leven ooit weleens stil bij alledaagse verschijnselen? Dingen die we als vanzelfsprekend ervaren, of als een handigheidje misschien? Toch moet er ook voor zulke verschijnselen altijd een wetenschappelijke verklaring bestaan. In Everyday Sciene laat een UT-onderzoeker zijn licht schijnen over een alledaags onderwerp.

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Council of Coaches: Virtual characters in your home

Would you like to stay healthy even in an older age? Not one, not two, but an entire council of virtual coaches will soon be able to help you with that. The University of Twente is the leading partner of the ‘Council of Coaches’ (COUCH), a large Horizon2020 project that aims to create a virtual coaching system targeted at older adults.

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Een neus voor ziekte

Ratten die al snuffelend landmijnen ontdekken, honden die drugs of zelfs darmkanker opsporen… het fenomeen van ‘diagnosticerend ruiken’ is niet nieuw. Maar er kan meer. Veel meer, meent UT-professor Guus Rijnders en daarom wordt er bij MESA+ hard gewerkt aan de e-Nose, een snelle en goedkope ademtest voor het vroegtijdig detecteren van ziekten als astma en longkanker.

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Unique treatment from Twente effectively kills cancer

Researchers from the University of Twente are making great strides in the field of cancer treatment. Their novel method has recently been tested on animals and it successfully killed over 80% of pancreatic tumor cells. ‘We can kill cancer much faster and easier,’ says the project’s lead scientist Jai Prakash.

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