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Drones: saviors or slaughterbots?

Will we be the last generation that can see a totally clear sky? A sky that isn’t filled with flying, buzzing, blinking, surveilling and even rocket-launching drones? Let’s explore the intricate spectrum of good and bad; of drones being the saviors we want them to be, or the slaughterbots we fear them to become.

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Eureka-moment

'I knew that I had found the answer'

The eureka moment, the moment when you have a brilliant idea or a sudden discovery. We asked UT researchers about their eureka experience.

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Growing miniature hearts in a petri dish

Heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the western world. Robert Passier, Chair of the Department of Applied Stem Cell Technology, and his team study these diseases using heart cells growing in a petri dish. This year, he received a 675.000 euros ZonMW subsidy to further develop these in vitro systems. ‘We aim to develop extremely realistic in vitro models by growing sophisticated miniature hearts that resemble mature heart cells.’

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22 million for 4TU collaboration

Research with a social impact

Conducting research together to resolve social issues. That is the challenge that the 4TU federation posed to the four participating technical universities, along with a research budget of €22 million. UT professors Tatiana Filatova, Herman van der Kooij and Michel Versluis are at the head of three of the five 4TU studies.

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PneuAct

Unique motor can improve cancer diagnosis

PneuAct is a pneumatic stepper motor developed by UT researcher Foad Sojoodi Farimani. It’s one of a kind – it is fully 3D printed, very fast, highly precise and it’s the cheapest of all similar motors out there. It can improve cancer diagnosis, be used in radioactive environments and even for space exploration.

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Vaker ja dan nee bij EU-referenda

Regeringen winnen driekwart van de EU-gerelateerde referenda. Belangrijke voorwaarde daarbij: economische voorspoed. Dat concludeert UT-onderzoeker Joost van den Akker in zijn proefschrift over EU-referenda, dat hij vandaag verdedigt.

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A step closer to understanding Parkinson’s disease

Researchers from the Nanobiophysics group led by Professor Mireille Claessens have uncovered important facts, which can help us understand mechanisms of Parkinson and similar neurodegenerative diseases.

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Twentse superplankton gaat CO2 te lijf

Hoogleraar Albert van den Berg vindt dat wetenschappers over het klimaatprobleem moeten nadenken. Zijn eigen oplossing: de Emiliania huxleyi, een CO2 vretende planktonsoort.

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Saving billions of chicks

The words 'science' and 'creativity' are not often used in the same sentence. However, Wiendelt Steenbergen, professor of Biomedical Photonic Imaging, manages to combine the two. He has been awarded the NWO Open Mind Grant twice already, with his proposed research into the use of peppers for a possible new cancer treatment and a way to save billions of chicks.

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Water Bottle Flipping Physics

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.

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Photonics and its countless possibilities

The invisible impact of light

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.’

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Levens redden met augmented reality

‘Door virtuele hulp ben je niet alleen’

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.

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