Life Sciences

Podcast: A Deep Dive Into the World of Tiny Crabs

Christos Vlasakidis & Martijn Luinstra A deep dive into the unknown can be uncomfortable, but also utterly fascinating. The course Nature of Scientific Disciplines allowed us to experience exactly that, working in pairs to produce a podcast on a field of science different from our backgrounds. We researched, discussed, and thought a lot about concepts…

White-noise CD works against irritating hum (EN/NL)

Approximately 2 percent of the Dutch population are bothered by low-frequency sound, although a clear cause has never been found. Half of these people can be helped through the use of a CD with white noise, UG researchers say.

Cracking the virus: zooming in to a nanometre (EN/NL)

While others are still battling the coronavirus, biophysicist Martijn Middelkamp is working on combating what’s also called a ‘silent pandemic’: Hepatitis B. He studies the way viruses grow, using one of the strongest microscopes in the world.

How to protect organs on transport? (EN/NL)

Transplant hearts, kidneys, or lungs from brain-dead donors often don’t work as well as organs from living donors. Tina Jager wants to find out why.

Climate change on the North Pole: It starts off small (EN/NL)

Five years in a row, ecologist Cristophe Brochard went to Svalbard to study plankton: minuscule creatures and algae that tell us how the environment at the polar region is doing. Unfortunately, it’s not doing well. ‘It’s happening here in real time. It’s dramatic.’

Goodbye, sense of smell (EN/NL)

Many unfortunate souls lost their sense of smell and taste after a covid infection – perhaps permanently. How does this affect their daily lives, and what can be done to help them?

Need to stay motivated at work? Reward yourself (EN/NL)

People are always looking for a way to reward themselves. ‘Once I finish this, I can get a coffee.’ The corona crisis has robbed us of these little rewards moments. But Geraldina Gaastra says they’re very important.