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Water for food has its limits – and we've reached them

‘Green water is the main source of water to produce food. But in many places we are exceeding its limits,’ says UT scientist Joep Schyns. He is the first person to do a global assessment of green water scarcity. His paper on the topic was just published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

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‘Psychedelic drugs are the ultimate mystery’

‘Why is it fine for us to go bungee jumping and put our bodies at risk, but not to put our minds at risks and explore our own consciousness? Why are people so afraid of psychedelic drugs?’ asks Alan Houot. The UT student is defending his Master thesis on ‘Philosophy of Psychedelic Technology’ today.

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Mapping obesity from space

A recent paper by UT researcher Peng Jia shows that we can map obesity risk using satellite data and other spatial technologies. Monitoring such ‘obesogenic’ environments can therefore help us prevent and fight obesity.

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‘We monitor patients continuously’

Since last month, UT researchers are conducting a pilot study in the ZGT Hospital in Almelo. They are monitoring patients using wireless sensors – in an effort to recognize complications after a surgery as soon as possible.

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Smart fabric for clothes that ‘touch you’

Garments made of smart fabric that contracts and gives you haptic stimulation. That is the end goal of a new European project WEAFING (Wearable Electroactive Fabrics Integrated in Garments). Led by the UT, the international collaboration is officially starting today with a kick-off event on campus.

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‘Clients are happy with care before and after childbirth’

Researcher Cherelle van Stenus has set out to find out how satisfied women are with obstetric and neonatal healthcare in Overijssel. Today, on the day of her PhD defense, she has the answer: ‘The clients are very happy with the care they receive.’

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Device for DNA testing at crime scenes

A device that would allow the police to screen for DNA samples directly at crime scenes – that was the focus of Brigitte Bruijns’ doctoral research. Although she didn’t create a prototype of the device – due to lack of time and funding -, she is confident it is possible. The forensic scientist is defending her PhD thesis at the UT on Friday.

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Robots on the work floor

We hardly know how robots affect an organization. Over the course of the next few years, assistant professor Suzanne Janssen of the Communication Science department will therefore research what it is like to have a robot for a colleague. She received a Veni grant for her research proposal.

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Trees shine a light on climate change

The breathing planet

Plants and trees are not passive victims of climate change; instead, they play an active role in the composition of our atmosphere. With the help of FLEX, a new type of satellite, the European Space Agency will study the impact of Earth’s plant life on climate change. ITC researcher Christiaan van der Tol is involved in the project.

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Rough bowl = saltier chips

Scientists at the University of Twente figured out a new way to make food taste saltier. Not by actually adding salt, but by changing the texture of the bowl the food is served in. In a recent paper, UT researchers Thomas van Rompay and Sara Groothedde show that rough and irregular texture makes chips ‘seem’ saltier.

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‘Science is not just an opinion’

You might know Wytske Versteeg as the author of award winning novels. As it happens, she is also a PhD candidate at the University of Twente. Today she is defending her doctoral thesis which explores how people treat science in comparison to other knowledge sources.

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Recovery of energy and materials from waste

Flash pyrolysis, a mild heat treatment lasting just a few seconds, is becoming an important recycling tool. The University of Twente is leading in this promising technology that contributes to the circular economy, since a wide variety of waste streams can be well recycled. Organic waste streams, paper sludge, car tires, and in the near future maybe even composite materials can be effectively separated into energy and valuable reusable materials.

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