Thursday 11 March 2021
This professor laid the foundation for the corona vaccine
His ground-breaking work allowed biologist Lex van der Eb to create an immortal cell that forms the backbone of the new corona vaccine. His secret? ‘Doing fundamental research. That’s the source of all major breakthroughs.’
Tuesday 16 February 2021
Student discovers poetic women who took matters into their own hands
Dutch language student Evi Dijcks (20) accidentally discovered an all-female 18th century poetry society. A remarkable find and very rare for the time. ‘It took a while before I realised what I had stumbled upon.’
Monday 1 February 2021
Don't panic! The comforting lessons from a sinking ship
Using witness statements, crisis research Andrea Bartolucci was able to reconstruct the disaster aboard the cruise liner Costa Concordia. His conclusions are promising: victims often cooperate and mass panic is rare.
Thursday 14 January 2021
Dream job on offer: gaming for science
Archaeologist Angus Mol is going to use livestreams explore the historical context of games like Assassin's Creed and Civilization. The good news: he's hiring students to help.
Wednesday 27 May 2020
How the brilliant computer HOI predicts dangerous asteroids, at lightning speed
Can we prevent a catastrophic strike from an asteroid on Earth? Leiden astronomers invented HOI: the Hazardous Object Identifier, and trained it to predict which space rocks might hit us... and when.
Friday 27 March 2020
From #Covid19 to #Toiletpaper - can social media help in times of crisis?
Leiden data scientists are working on a project to analyse social media during a crisis. For them, the current outbreak of coronavirus is a baptism by fire.
Wednesday 25 March 2020
You can't just pull the plug
Scientists have to work from home, too. But how do you do that when you need a laboratory? For some it's okay, but others have “problems, on many levels.”
Thursday 5 March 2020
How the mob boss turned saint
To win the hearts of the people, the head of Mexican drugs cartel Los Cabelleros Templarios pretended to be a saint.
Thursday 23 January 2020
Tears of gold: how gum arabic conquered the world
Wars have been fought over, and fortunes were made and lost in the gum arabic market. Anthropologist Dorrit van Dalen has written an exciting book about this mysterious ingredient.
Thursday 10 October 2019
Why our memories are unreliable
Memories are not always accurate, as Law Psychologist Marko Jelicic knows. In court, the consequences can be disastrous.
Thursday 20 June 2019
The Return of the King
Kenya’s lion population is on the rise, thanks to very close colla­boration with the local people. Mare joins Leiden biologists on a field trip to fit these creatures with collars and transmitters. “Oops... there goes my camera.”
Saturday 6 April 2019
Please don’t tell Alexa
Virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Home will become more and more important to us, says Monica Lam of Stanford University. She is working on an open-source version that you can program in everyday language, one that treats both privacy and the free market more seriously.