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Health - Social Sciences - 13.06.2021
Research on albinism in Tanzania
Successful pilot project to tackle discrimination 13 June is International Albinism Awareness Day One in 1,400 people in Tanzania has albinism. These people are often socially excluded, heavily discriminated against and sometimes even have to fear for their lives. Dr Tjitske de Groot of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel set up a pilot project for her doctoral research and investigated what actions and means could be used to reduce the stigma of albinism - as well as other stigma - and actively contributed to this on site.

Environment - Paleontology - 10.06.2021
Dinosaurs lived in greenhouse climate with hot summers
New climate reconstruction method provides precise picture of climate 78 million years ago Palaeoclimatologists study climate of the geological past. Using an innovative technique, new research by an international research team led by Niels de Winter (VUB-AMGC & Utrecht University) shows for the first time that dinosaurs had to deal with greater seasonal differences than previously thought.

Health - Life Sciences - 09.06.2021
A new bacteria, made in Belgium (and UCLouvain)
In brief: A research team from University of Louvain (UCLouvain) has discovered a new bacterium in the human intestine.

Media - Environment - 03.06.2021
News diversity in Flanders has decreased due to media concentration
News diversity in Flanders has decreased due to media concentration
Research results show that news diversity in Flanders is decreasing. The cause, according to his research, is the concentration of media organisations in the Flemish news landscape.

Transport - 30.05.2021
Bois de la Cambre in Brussels: park or thoroughfare?
VUB and ULB research into traffic preferences shows divide between respondents in centre and periphery Sunday, May 30, 2021 — Traffic in the Bois de la Cambre in Brussels has been the subject of intense debate for some time. Should it be open or closed to traffic? Researchers from VUB and ULB, with the Brussels Studies Institute (BSI), conducted a survey on people's wishes for the park.

Health - Pharmacology - 19.05.2021
Cardiologist calls for increased prevention of high blood pressure
Cardiologist calls for increased prevention of high blood pressure
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 — The annual World Hypertension Day on 17 May prompted the publication of a review article on hypertension that appears today in the leading journal The Lancet. In this article, Prof Sofie Brouwers, OLV Ziekenhuis Aalst and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and her colleagues present the current state of affairs regarding arterial hypertension.

Computer Science - 12.05.2021
Several vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi security
Several vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi security
New research has identified various flaws in the security of Wi-Fi connections. Attackers could take advantages of these weaknesses to get access to private data. New security updates were announced yesterday. New research has identified various flaws in the security of Wi-Fi connections. Attackers could take advantages of these weaknesses to get access to private data.

Environment - 12.05.2021
Brook lamprey or brown trout soon to be back in our rivers? Then we’ll need to make a bit of an effort
The chance of us finding brook lamprey or brown trout in our brooks and rivers again in a few years is particularly small.

Innovation - 11.05.2021
Involving staff makes companies innovate
In order to innovate successfully, companies are best off involving their staff in that process. An HR policy that focuses on staff involvement will therefore benefit innovation too.

Innovation - Health - 10.05.2021
3D printing lays the foundation for a new range of diagnostic tests
3D printing lays the foundation for a new range of diagnostic tests
Researchers at KU Leuven have developed a 3D printing technique that extends the possibilities of lateral flow testing. With the new printing technique, advanced diagnostic tests can be produced that are quick, cheap, and easy to use. Researchers at KU Leuven have developed a 3D printing technique that extends the possibilities of lateral flow testing.

Environment - Materials Science - 06.05.2021
Fungi could be building material of the future
Fungi could be building material of the future
Thursday, May 6, 2021 — For decades, we have been extracting materials from natural sources such as fossil fuels without considering the environmental impact.

Economics / Business - 05.05.2021
European arms industry remains too national in approach
VUB research shows that national tendencies can hurt companies on the global market and risk the loss of core capabilities Wednesday, May 5, 2021 — Mitja Kleczka's doctoral research at Vrije Universiteit Brussel demonstrates that it's absolutely vital that Europe's national arms industries be further integrated.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 05.05.2021
Sea level rise can be halved this century
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 — New research from a large international group of scientists, including the Physical Geography research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel led by Prof Philippe Huybrechts, suggests that sea level rise due to the melting of land ice could be halved this century if we meet the Paris targets to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Innovation - 04.05.2021
VUB launches amai! platform to tackle social challenges
Project brings citizens and experts together to develop AI solutions for climate, health, mobility and work Tuesday, May 4, 2021 — The imec-SMIT-VUB Knowledge Centre for Data & Society has launched the artificial intelligence project amai! The goal of the platform, developed with Scivil, the Flemish Knowledge Centre for Citizen Science, is to have experts and citizens develop AI solutions together for important social challenges.

Social Sciences - Health - 03.05.2021
Pandemic hits people with migration background harder
Pandemic hits people with migration background harder
Monday, May 3, 2021 — During the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Belgium experienced significant excess mortality. The federal statistics office Statbel recorded 30,014 deaths between 9 March and 17 May 2020. That was 8,808 more than the average for the three previous years in the same weeks.

Environment - Health - 03.05.2021
Even during pollen season, nature can benefit people allergic to birch pollen
Even during pollen season, nature can benefit people allergic to birch pollen
During the pollen season, many people with allergies tend to avoid nature. That isn't entirely justified, a new KU Leuven study into biodiversity and health suggests. During the pollen season, many people with allergies tend to avoid nature. That isn't entirely justified, a new KU Leuven study into biodiversity and health suggests.

Psychology - 29.04.2021
"Living in poverty is living with loss"
Thursday, April 29, 2021 — People in poverty often experience a mixture of losses. However, scientific literature studying loss and grief in relation to poverty appears to be virtually non-existent. With her doctoral research, Karen Puttemans of VUB's Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences wants to fill this gap.

Health - Campus - 26.04.2021
Pandemic creates extra challenges for international exchange
Monday, April 26, 2021 — Within the academic world, international exchange students and researchers have been particularly affected by the pandemic. In an opinion article in the journal Ethnobiology and Conservation, Farid Dahdouh-Guebas of the Biology Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ina Vandebroek of the New York Botanical Garden defend this group and propose some solutions.

Politics - History / Archeology - 23.04.2021
Immigrants participated in the political life of medieval England
VUB research shows many people came from the Low Countries and were politically active Friday, April 23, 2021 — The question as to what extent newcomers from abroad should have a political say in their new place of residence is one that occupies many minds.

Environment - Politics - 09.04.2021
Research from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and KU Leuven on Ethiopian mega-dam
Solar and wind power could mitigate geopolitical conflict in Northeast Africa Friday, April 9, 2021 — A new study shows that several disagreements between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt around Africa's largest hydropower plant, the new Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), could be alleviated by massively expanding solar and wind power across the region.
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