Environment - Nov 14
( 14-11-2018 ) Researchers of Ghent University are teaching Ghanaian cocoa farmers how to produce better and more cocoa beans in a sustainable way. With a share of 20% of the premium cocoa beans on the international market, Ghana plays a significant role in the global cocoa production. However, the last couple of years Ghana has suffered low productivity rate and limited profit margins in its cocoa production.
Life Sciences - Nov 5
Life Sciences

A team of physicists at KU Leuven are improving our understanding of how DNA works. Amongst their findings is the proof of the elusive 'twist-bend coupling', the theory of which was first proposed in 1990.

Health - Oct 31

( 31-10-2018 ) To the search for an effective remedy to combat HIV, the HIV Cure Research Center at UZ Ghent has made groundbreaking contributions.

Health - Oct 31

One cannot overcome malaria without adrenal gland. Malaria affects the sugar metabolism and this has fatal consequences without the help of the adrenal gland.

Chemistry - Oct 29

( 29-10-2018 ) Whether you think about bank accounts, YouTube videos or QR codes, everything is saved as zeros and ones, or data, on a computer.


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Environment - 14.11.2018
Ghent University boosts sustainable cocoa cultivation in Ghana
( 14-11-2018 ) Researchers of Ghent University are teaching Ghanaian cocoa farmers how to produce better and more cocoa beans in a sustainable way. With a share of 20% of the premium cocoa beans on the international market, Ghana plays a significant role in the global cocoa production. However, the last couple of years Ghana has suffered low productivity rate and limited profit margins in its cocoa production.

Life Sciences - 05.11.2018
Physicists unravel the mechanics of DNA
Physicists unravel the mechanics of DNA
A team of physicists at KU Leuven are improving our understanding of how DNA works. Amongst their findings is the proof of the elusive 'twist-bend coupling', the theory of which was first proposed in 1990. They also found out exactly why our DNA is coiled tighter in some places, while it's looser in others.

Health - Life Sciences - 31.10.2018
The adrenal gland is vital to survive malaria
One cannot overcome malaria without adrenal gland. Malaria affects the sugar metabolism and this has fatal consequences without the help of the adrenal gland. The study of the Laboratory of Immunobiology (Rega Institute) explores a new field within malaria research and was published.    Malaria is still one of the most important infectious diseases.

Health - Business / Economics - 31.10.2018
HIV Ontrafelen Fund supports groundbreaking HIV research
( 31-10-2018 ) To the search for an effective remedy to combat HIV, the HIV Cure Research Center at UZ Ghent has made groundbreaking contributions. The HIV Ontrafelen Fund represents an indispensable link to enable this research work to continue. As a progressive and pluralistic institution, Ghent University is committed to contributing via research to the exploration of solutions to social and economic problems.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 29.10.2018
A USB stick? In the distant future, a little powder should suffice
( 29-10-2018 ) Whether you think about bank accounts, YouTube videos or QR codes, everything is saved as zeros and ones, or data, on a computer. The storage equipment available might not be capable of holding all that information much longer. Ghent University successfully investigates alternative data storage methods There are two major issues.

Health - Life Sciences - 26.10.2018
Novel method to block immunosuppression in cancer
( 26-10-2018 ) Belgian researchers elucidated the three-dimensional structure of an assembly of proteins operating on cells that dampen immune responses. They also discovered how an antibody can block this assembly and the immunosuppression it induces downstream. Such an antibody could serve to stimulate immunity against tumor cells in cancer patients, triggering the destruction of their tumors by immune cells.

Life Sciences - 25.10.2018
Spaceflight has impact on cosmonauts’ brains
A trip into space impacts the brain of a space traveller, according to new international research, led by the University of Antwerp. "Changes occur in the grey and white matter and cerebrospinal fluid,” says Dr Angelique Van Ombergen (UAntwerp) . “And some of those changes remain detectable even seven months after the mission has ended.” An international team of scientists conducted a unique study on Russian cosmonauts.

Social Sciences - 22.10.2018
Non-English speaker less likely to get automated suicide-prevention advice from Google
Do people with suicidal thoughts see potentially life-saving information when they go online? It may depend on the language they're using, research shows.

Law / Forensics - 22.10.2018
New researchers Law and Development
Inleiding: Leonardo Villafuerte and Alberto Pecoraro both started their PhD at the Law and Development Research Group. The Law and Development Research Group welcomes two new researchers starting up their PhD. Leonardo D. Villafuerte Philippsborn is a full-time lecturer at the Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" (UCB), and he is editor of its peer-reviewed law journal (UCB Law Review).

Social Sciences - 28.09.2018
Ghent University starts search for 21 top professors
( 28-09-2018 ) During the next few years, the faculties at Ghent University will closely collaborate with each other in the realisation of ten interdisciplinary projects of major social impact. Ghent University is creating 21 new professorships which they will begin to fill as of this autumn. The announcement in 2017 that Ghent University intended to invest in a project of interdisciplinary research generated a great deal of interest within the institution.

Health - 25.09.2018
Cooking shows can encourage healthy eating behaviour
Cooking shows can encourage healthy eating behaviour
Television programmes about cooking, famous chefs and their dishes are very popular among both young and old. Research conducted at the universities of Antwerp and Leuven has now shown that cooking programmes aimed specifically at children often feature unhealthy dishes. But the study also found that seeing good examples on screen encourages children to eat more healthily.

Health - Environment - 20.09.2018
The hidden costs of cobalt mining in DR Congo
Cobalt mining comes at a great cost to public health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. New research reveals that children are particularly vulnerable: their urine and blood samples contain high concentrations of cobalt and other metals. In past years, the demand for cobalt has been on the increase due to its many applications.

Life Sciences - 19.09.2018
Hardwired for laziness’ Our brain must work hard to avoid sloth
If getting to the gym seems like a struggle, researchers want you to know this: the struggle is real, and it's happening inside your brain. The brain is where Matthieu Boisgontier (KU Leuven / UBC) and his colleagues went looking for answers to what they call the "exercise paradox": for decades, society has encouraged people to be more physically active, yet statistics show that, despite our best intentions, we are actually becoming less active.

Health - Life Sciences - 18.09.2018
Fighting oxidative stress to treat cartilage, brain and bone disease
KU Leuven researchers have discovered a novel mechanism that prevents oxidative stress and therefore provides protection against joint, brain and bone diseases. When the cells in our body have a normal metabolism, this results in the production of chemically reactive molecules that contain oxygen, also called reactive oxygen species.

Mechanical Engineering - 11.09.2018
Security flaws leave keyless Tesla cars vulnerable to theft
A team of researchers at COSIC, an imec research group at the University of Leuven, has uncovered serious security flaws in the Passive Keyless Entry and Start (PKES) system used by some luxury vehicles. The study shows that the key fob (the unlocking device) used by the Tesla Model S is using out-dated and inadequate cryptography.

Health - 06.09.2018
New instrument in the making that facilitates blood collection in developing countries
Conditions in developing countries often make it difficult to properly diagnose people. That's why a simple yet accurate technology is needed that can be used on the spot. Researchers at KU Leuven are developing a flexible chip that is able to detect infections and viruses in the blood.

Life Sciences - Health - 30.08.2018
Discovery of long-lived macrophages in the intestine
Macrophages are specialised immune cells that destroy bacteria and other harmful organisms. KU Leuven scientists have come to the surprising conclusion that some macrophages in the intestines of mice can survive for quite some time. Most importantly, these long-lived macrophages are vital for the survival of the nerve cells of the gastrointestinal tract.

Business / Economics - 16.08.2018
Linking turnover to organizational performance: the role of process conformance
Introduction: Jan Wynen, Wouter Van Dooren, Jan Mattijs and Carl Deschamps investigated the optimal rate of turnover for organizational performance and the role for process conformance. The article 'Linking turnover to organizational performance: the role of process conformance' is published Open Access.

Chemistry - Physics / Materials Science - 16.08.2018
Why silver clusters emit light
Clusters of silver atoms captured in zeolites, a porous material with small channels and voids, have remarkable light emitting properties. For instance, they can be used for more efficient lighting applications as a substitute for LED and TL lamps. Until recently, scientists did not know exactly how and why these small particles emit light.

Life Sciences - 14.08.2018
New insights in cell death in plants might generate new leads for weed control
( 14-08-2018 ) Ironically, most of a tree's biomass is actually not alive. It is formed by persistent cell corpses collectively called wood. The formation of wood is one of the many programmed cell death processes important for plant growth & development. The lab of Prof. Moritz Nowack (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology) investigates the regulation of these plant cell death processes in the model plant Arabidopsis.