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Computer Science - Administration - 23.07.2019
Anonymising personal data ’not enough to protect privacy’, shows UCLouvain’s new study
Current methods for anonymising data leave individuals at risk of being re-identified , according to new research from University of Louvain (UCLouvain) and Imperial College London This research is published in Nature Communications Nature article:  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-10933-3 Luc Rocher , researcher at the mathematical engineering department of University of Louvain (UCLouvain) : mobile on request , luc&peri

Materials Science - Innovation - 17.07.2019
A new material for the battery of the future, made in UCLouvain
In brief : The challenge of renewable energy? The storage of green energy , i.e., being able to store energy when it's produced while using it when needed. The discovery of the researchers from UCLouvain? A new high performance and safe battery material (LTPS) capable of speeding up charge and discharge to a level never observed so far.

Health - Pharmacology - 03.07.2019
Paediatric cancers: towards more targeted therapy
Chemotherapy attacks cancer cells but also healthy cells. In children, it often causes irreversible damage that can impact their adult lives. UCLouvain researcher Anabelle Decottignies has found a possible strategy for killing cancer cells, especially in children, without affecting healthy cells , as reported in the scientific journal Molecular Cell .

Health - Life Sciences - 01.07.2019
A bacteria likely to reduce the cardiovascular risks of 1 in 2 people
Patrice Cani, professor at UCLouvain, and his team conducted the first pilot study in humans to observe the impact of the bacteria Akkermansia (ingestion for 3 months), particularly on the reduction of cardiovascular risk factors. The results are published in the scientific journal Nature Medicine .

Life Sciences - 27.06.2019
Understanding people gets harder when you’re over 50, even when you have good hearing
Older people have trouble understanding speech, even if their hearing is fine. That's one of the conclusions of a new study by the Research Group Experimental Oto-rhino-laryngology (ExpORL) of KU Leuven. The results underline the importance of tests to measure if people with seemingly normal hearing have really understood a message.

Environment - Politics - 12.06.2019
Does climate change cause armed conflict?
A new study finds that climate has affected the risk of armed conflict. Though other drivers of violence were found to be substantially more influential, as global temperatures continue to rise, the changing climate is expected to further amplify the risk of conflict. Can a changing climate trigger organised armed conflict, such as civil war, or make it more severe?

Pharmacology - Health - 12.06.2019
New vulnerability found in viruses may help develop cure for the common cold
A team of researchers led by KU Leuven virologist Johan Neyts have discovered a new feature of so-called picornaviruses that may allow for the development of new antiviral medications for the common cold, polio, and other illnesses. Picornaviruses include rhinoviruses and enteroviruses. Rhinoviruses cause millions of cases of upper respiratory infections ("colds") yearly and contribute to asthma, and enteroviruses are responsible for millions of infections including cases such as meningitis, encephalitis and polio.

Life Sciences - 11.06.2019
From face to DNA: new method aims to improve match between DNA sample and face database
Predicting what someone's face looks like based on a DNA sample remains a hard nut to crack for science. It is, however, getting easier to use such a sample to filter the right face from a face database, as an international team led by KU Leuven has shown. Their findings were published. Our physical appearance, including our face, is hardwired into our genetic material.

- 05.06.2019
Candidate polio vaccines are safe and immunogenic
The Lancet reports on a unique polio studio by the University of Antwerp Findings from the first-in-human study of a new polio vaccine - novel oral polio vaccine, or nOPV - reported in The Lancet this week are promising. If subsequent studies are successful, such a vaccine has the potential to supplement current eradication efforts and sustain eradication of all types of polioviruses for the long-term.

Life Sciences - Health - 03.06.2019
Towards a new era of small animal imaging research
A collaborative study between the University of Antwerp and McGill University allows PET scanning on animals without the use of anesthesia. Have you ever spent half an hour trying to take the best photo of your pets but they won't stay still in the perfect angle? This is also true for small animal imaging research using positron emission tomography (PET).

History / Archeology - 20.05.2019
Facial reconstruction breathes new life into ancient citizens of Sagalassos
A look into the past. It's usually just a metaphor, but archaeologists Jeroen Poblome and Sam Cleymans have made it a physical reality. Together with the University of Burdur, Turkey, they have reconstructed the faces of two centuries-old residents of Sagalassos. For over thirty years, KU Leuven researchers have been examining the archaeological site of Sagalassos with an international and interdisciplinary team.

Computer Science - 14.05.2019
Critical vulnerability in Intel processors
Researchers from the Department of Computer Science have helped to expose a security flaw in Intel processors. More than 80 per cent of all computers and servers use these processors. The security flaw makes the hardware vulnerable to hackers. "Our research focuses on designing secure computer processors, among other things," says Jo Van Bulck from the KU Leuven Department of Computer Science.

Environment - Life Sciences - 13.05.2019
#WeChangeForLife: 256 researchers tell us how they are acting for the planet
WeChangeForLife: 256 researchers, specialists in issues related to environmental degradation, have changed their habits for the planet Why? Scientists have a duty to set an example : they must act according to their knowledge and what they know is right and show that it is possible. Other objective? Call on politicians.

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 08.05.2019
Knowledge for Growth 2019
5 Flemish universities reveal innovative state-of-the-art biotech research No less than 25 technologies in drug screening, therapy development, MedTech, digital health and AI will be showcased or pitched by the five Flemish universities at Europe's leading life sciences conference in Ghent.

Astronomy / Space Science - Music - 06.05.2019
Blue supergiant stars open doors to concert in space
Blue supergiants are rock 'n' roll: they live fast and die young. This makes them rare and difficult to study. Before space telescopes were invented, few blue supergiants had been observed, so our knowledge of these stars was limited. Using recent NASA space telescope data, an international team led by KU Leuven studied the sounds originating inside these stars and discovered that almost all blue supergiants shimmer in brightness because of waves on their surface.

Computer Science - 25.04.2019
KU Leuven researchers make themselves invisible to AI cameras
A cardboard sign with a colourful print. That's all researchers from the Faculty of Engineering Technology at KU Leuven needed to fool a smart camera. To be clear: Wiebe Van Ranst, Simen Thys, and Toon Goedemé from the EAVISE research group don't have evil intentions. Quite the opposite. Their research aims to expose the weaknesses of intelligent detection systems.  "Smart detection systems rely on pattern recognition," says Professor Goedemé, head of EAVISE (Embedded and Artificially Intelligent Vision Engineering) at De Nayer Campus.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.04.2019
New genome analytics platform makes clinical genomics affordable for daily use in hospital
Imec, UZ Leuven, KU Leuven, Ghent University, Agilent, Western Digital and BlueBee develop unique hybrid cloud platform for fast and cost-efficient whole genome sequencing and analysis. Today, on the occasion of the international DNA day, imec, a world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, and its partners revealed their Genome Analytics Platform (GAP) platform, a unique platform that can perform a full genome analysis of 48 samples in only 48 hours and at an acceptable cost.

Environment - Chemistry - 16.04.2019
Antwerp researchers make anticancer medicines from wood
New process makes the production of pharmaceuticals more efficient and sustainable. In the near future, fossil raw materials can be replaced in the production of two important anticancer drugs. An interuniversity team with researchers from UAntwerp and KU Leuven developed a process that starts from … wood.

Environment - 15.04.2019
Back from Antarctica on a sailing ship: a successful expedition!
Back from Antarctica on a sailing ship: a successful expedition!
A team of Belgian and French researchers is back from a 6-week mission studying Antarctica on a sailing ship. Key conclusions include: the benefits of this type of ship, an abundance of biodiversity, and a troubling increase in tourism. They made it back in Belgium a few days ago, after several weeks exploring the coasts of the Antarctic.

Life Sciences - 10.04.2019
Monkeys use different part of the brain for depth perception than human beings
Monkeys use different part of the brain for depth perception than human beings
Our brain relies on 2D information to create a 3D image of the world. Human beings use a different part of their brain to do this than monkeys, says an international team of researchers led by neurophysiologists Marcelo Armendariz and Wim Vanduffel (KU Leuven & Harvard Medical School) in collaboration with a team from Cambridge.

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