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Computer Science - May 28
Software for the analysis and visualization of single-cell data is one of the projects that will receive funding as part of CZI's Essential Open Source Software for Science (EOSS) program. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $3.8 million in funding for 23 grants to support open-source software projects essential to biomedical research, enabling software maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement.
Physics - May 27
Physics

At the European nuclear and particle physics laboratory CERN, physicists can produce extremely rare short-lived atoms and molecules.

Health - May 13

To form metastases, cancer cells must be able to migrate. But cancer cells are connected to each other by 'Velcro'. University of Louvain (UCLouvain) researchers have discovered that certain cancer cells manage to suppress this 'Velcro' effect so that they can migrate more easily.

Environment - May 26
Environment

Hydropower plants can support solar and wind power, rather unpredictable by nature, in a climate-friendly manner.

Health - May 8
Health

Research at Ghent University shows that COVID-19 pandemic affects mental health and daily lives of autistic adults.


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Computer Science - Life Sciences - 28.05.2020
Single-cell software supported by a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant
Software for the analysis and visualization of single-cell data is one of the projects that will receive funding as part of CZI's Essential Open Source Software for Science (EOSS) program. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $3.8 million in funding for 23 grants to support open-source software projects essential to biomedical research, enabling software maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement.

Physics - Chemistry - 27.05.2020
Exotic particles offer deeper insight into matter and antimatter
Exotic particles offer deeper insight into matter and antimatter
At the European nuclear and particle physics laboratory CERN, physicists can produce extremely rare short-lived atoms and molecules. Researchers from KU Leuven have shown that these particles lead the way to uncharted territory in nuclear and particle physics. One of the oldest active installations at the Centre for European Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva is the ISOLDE laboratory.

Environment - 26.05.2020
Hydropower plants to support solar and wind energy
Hydropower plants to support solar and wind energy
Hydropower plants can support solar and wind power, rather unpredictable by nature, in a climate-friendly manner. A new study in the scientific journal  Nature Sustainability  has now mapped the potential for such "solar-wind-water" strategies for West Africa: an important region where the power sector is still under development, and where generation capacity and power grids will be greatly expanded in the coming years.

Health - 13.05.2020
Cancer cells deactivate their ’Velcro’ to go on the attack
To form metastases, cancer cells must be able to migrate. But cancer cells are connected to each other by 'Velcro'. University of Louvain (UCLouvain) researchers have discovered that certain cancer cells manage to suppress this 'Velcro' effect so that they can migrate more easily. It's a mechanism called endocytosis.

Health - Social Sciences - 08.05.2020
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on autistic adults
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on autistic adults
Research at Ghent University shows that COVID-19 pandemic affects mental health and daily lives of autistic adults. Research group EXPLORA (Ghent University) has set up an online survey to investigate the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and daily lives of adults on the autism spectrum.

History / Archeology - Earth Sciences - 05.05.2020
Lost silk road city located by Ghent University researcher
Lost silk road city located by Ghent University researcher
A researcher at Ghent University has identified a lost Silk Road city larger than medieval Ghent, London or Venice. Historians and archaeologists have been searching for nearly 200 years for the city of Magas, capital of the ninth to twelfth century kingdom of Alania. This Kingdom, located in the North Caucasus mountains of modern Russia, controlled a critical section of the Silk Roads: a trade route which connected East Asia and the Mediterranean centuries before the era of European expansion.

Astronomy / Space Science - 30.04.2020
Astronomers capture rare images of planet-forming disks around stars
Astronomers capture rare images of planet-forming disks around stars
An international team of astronomers has captured fifteen images of the inner rims of planet-forming disks located hundreds of light years away. These disks of dust and gas, similar in shape to a music record, form around young stars. The images shed new light on how planetary systems are formed. They were published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics .

Health - Life Sciences - 30.04.2020
KU Leuven researchers unravel protein mystery of three brain diseases
KU Leuven researchers unravel protein mystery of three brain diseases
The accumulation of one particular protein in the brain is at the basis of three very different age-related conditions. Until recently, nobody understood how this was possible. Research by the Laboratory for Neurobiology and Gene Therapy now reveals that the shape of the protein determines the clinical picture.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 29.04.2020
Molecular switch plays crucial role in learning from negative experiences
Neurobiologists at KU Leuven have discovered how the signalling molecule Neuromedin U plays a crucial role in our learning process. The protein allows the brain to recall negative memories and, as such, learn from the past. The findings of their study on roundworms have been published Communications.  If a certain type of food or drink has made you ill in the past, you will avoid it on future occasions.

Environment - 22.04.2020
Online tool helps to protect tropical forests
Online tool helps to protect tropical forests
A new tool maps the threats to the tropical dry forests in Peru and Ecuador.

Social Sciences - 13.04.2020
Domestic violence in Belgium in times of corona
Domestic violence in Belgium in times of corona
Corona measures such as staying at home and keeping your distance cause tension and stress, which can increase the risk of aggression.

Computer Science - 27.03.2020
Security flaw that would enable hackers to copy millions of car keys
Security flaw that would enable hackers to copy millions of car keys
A team of researchers from the COSIC research group at KU Leuven and from the University of Birmingham has discovered that a wide range of car models produced by Toyota, Kia and Hyundai use weak cryptographic keys. This makes it easy to clone the key fob transponder. It is likely that millions of cars are affected.

Health - 23.03.2020
"Spanish and Dutch systems already under intense pressure"
Antwerp researchers launch website to compare coronavirus impact per country. All European countries are currently fighting the coronavirus. The capacity of their respective health systems will play a decisive role in their efforts to combat COVID-19. UAntwerp scientists have developed a method to compare the pressure on different countries' health systems in real time.

Computer Science - 10.03.2020
Intel processors are still vulnerable to attack
Intel processors are still vulnerable to attack
Computer scientists at KU Leuven have once again exposed a security flaw in Intel processors. Jo Van Bulck and Frank Piessens gave the manufacturer one year's time to fix the problem. Now that the embargo has lifted, the KU Leuven team and their colleagues in Austria, the United States, and Australia can share their findings.

Pharmacology - Economics / Business - 04.03.2020
Average cost of developing a new drug could be up to $1.5 billion less than pharmaceutical industry claims
Average cost of developing a new drug could be up to $1.5 billion less than pharmaceutical industry claims
The costs of bringing a new drug to market may be lower than has been previously claimed by the pharmaceutical industry, according to a study published today (Tuesday March 3, 2020) in the journal JAMA.

Health - 28.02.2020
The first Cell Atlas for the human Thymus
Scientists have composed a complete map of the cells in the developing human thymus. They identified more than 50 different cell states in the human thymus which dynamically change in abundance during life. For the first time, scientists from the VIB Center for Inflammation Research, Ghent University, The Wellcome Sanger Institute (UK), and Newcastle University (UK) have composed a complete map of the cells in the developing human thymus.

Life Sciences - Health - 26.02.2020
Bone or cartilage? Presence of fatty acids determines skeletal stem cell development
Bone or cartilage? Presence of fatty acids determines skeletal stem cell development
In the event of a bone fracture, fatty acids in our blood signal to stem cells that they have to develop into bone-forming cells. If there are no blood vessels nearby, the stem cells end up forming cartilage. The finding that specific nutrients directly influence the development of stem cells opens new avenues for stem cell research.

Social Sciences - Innovation - 22.02.2020
Ghent University stimulates research with impact via new interdisciplinary research consortia
Ghent University stimulates research with impact via new interdisciplinary research consortia
The acclaimed exhibition on Jan Van Eyck, recommendations on drug policy, relevant campaigns on sexual health, etc.

Pharmacology - 19.02.2020
Antiviral activity of chloroquine against coronaviruses discovered at KU Leuven in 2004
Chloroquine, an antimalarial medicine that has been on the international market since 1934, proves to be active against the novel SARS coronavirus type 2 (COVID-19).

Environment - Chemistry - 13.02.2020
From petroleum to wood in the chemical industry: cost-efficient and more sustainable
From petroleum to wood in the chemical industry: cost-efficient and more sustainable
An interdisciplinary team of bio-engineers and economists from KU Leuven has mapped out how wood could replace petroleum in the chemical industry. They not only looked at the technological requirements, but also whether that scenario would be financially viable. A shift from petroleum to wood would lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions, the researchers state in Science .
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