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Computer Science - Mar 27
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 - Mar 23
Health

Antwerp researchers launch website to compare coronavirus impact per country. All European countries are currently fighting the coronavirus.

Pharmacology - Mar 4
Pharmacology

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.

Computer Science - Mar 10
Computer Science

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.

Health - Feb 28

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.


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Computer Science / Telecom - 27.03.2020
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 / Telecom - 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 - Business / Economics - 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 .

Pharmacology - Health - 10.02.2020
VIB works on antiviral drug aimed to halt coronavirus outbreak
The lab of professor Xavier Saelens (VIB-Ghent University) is quickly mobilizing to try to find a treatment for the viral infection caused by the corona virus. Since the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak was reported by China in December 2019, the number of confirmed cases of the virus is increasing rapidly, with cases now reported in 28 countries.

History / Archeology - Chemistry - 09.02.2020
People from Ghent University and Van Eyck: archaeometry
People from Ghent University and Van Eyck: archaeometry
Ghent's focus is on Van Eyck and the Ghent Altarpiece in 2020. Lots of people from Ghent University are also involved in this year of celebration. We have been putting a number of them in the spotlight. This week: Peter Vandenabeele. In Ghent, it's all about Van Eyck and the Ghent Altarpiece in 2020.

Life Sciences - 05.02.2020
Belgian waffles with insect fat instead of butter: is this the future?
Belgian waffles with insect fat instead of butter: is this the future?
Insect-based fat is a sustainable and healthy alternative to butter. When in bakery products less than half of the butter is replaced by insect fat, one can hardly taste the difference, according to research at Ghent University in Belgium.

Computer Science / Telecom - 02.02.2020
People from Ghent University and Van Eyck: engineering
People from Ghent University and Van Eyck: engineering
Ghent's 2020 focus is on Van Eyck and the Ghent Altarpiece. Lots of people from Ghent University are involved in this year of celebration.

Sport - 01.02.2020
The science behind sporting performance: Ghent University's best expertise in the second season of 'Wereldrecord' on Canvas
The science behind sporting performance: Ghent University’s best expertise in the second season of ’Wereldrecord’ on Canvas
Why are Ghent University researchers studying the motor skills of sports journalist Maarten Vangramberen? Much has to do with the matter of how world records are made.

Health - Life Sciences - 29.01.2020
Defective cellular transport system as a new cause of Parkinson’s disease
Biomedical scientists at KU Leuven have discovered that a defect in the ATP13A2 gene causes cell death by disrupting the cellular transport of polyamines. When this happens in the part of the brain that controls body movement, it can lead to Parkinson's disease. With more than six million patients around the world, Parkinson's disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders.

History / Archeology - 26.01.2020
People from Ghent University and Van Eyck: art sciences and social history
People from Ghent University and Van Eyck: art sciences and social history
In Ghent, it's all about Van Eyck and the Ghent Altarpiece in 2020. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the return of the restored painting to St. Bavo's cathedral.

Health - Pharmacology - 23.01.2020
Preventing metastasis by stopping cancer cells from making fat
In brief  (18 seconds of reading): Olivier Feron , a UCLouvain researcher, studies how cancer spreads through the body via metastasis His major discovery was that cancer cells multiply by using lipids as food. His latest discovery, published in the scientific , is that lipid storage promotes cancer invasiveness A new drug currently being tested to treat obesity may also help fight metastasis Olivier Feron, a researcher at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain) Institute of Experimental and Clinical Research, seeks to understand how metastases form from a tumour.

Health - 22.01.2020
Europe is ready to respond to Coronavirus outbreak
Europe is ready to respond to Coronavirus outbreak
Herman Goossens (UAntwerp) is following the events closely to ensure health and security of European citizens.

Health - Pharmacology - 21.01.2020
Leuven researchers present technique to grow tissue implants for bone defects
Researchers from KU Leuven and University Hospitals Leuven have managed to engineer living implants in the lab by mimicking how bone tissue is created in an embryo. The technology paves the way for bone-regenerating tissue implants created on an industrial scale using 3D bioprinting. The researchers expect the first living implants to be available to patients in four years.

Health - 21.01.2020
’Love hormone’ improves attachment issues in people with autism
Oxytocin, often dubbed the 'love hormone', is known to promote social bonding. Researchers at KU Leuven have now discovered that administering oxytocin to adult men with autism makes them more open to close emotional bonds with others. The hormone has positive long-term effects as well.  A team led by Professor Kaat Alaerts (KU Leuven) recruited 40 adult men with autism spectrum disorder to take part in their study.  "In a first stage, we examined the amount of oxytocin produced by the participants themselves.

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