Wednesday 25 November 2020
This professor laid the foundation for the corona vaccine (and Trump’s medication)
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.’
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.
Thursday 14 March 2019
A quarter of all employees have doubts about their jobs’ usefulness
A quarter of all employed people are not convinced that their jobs serve any meaningful purpose, according to economists from Leiden and Rotterdam.
Thursday 14 February 2019
Want to get rid of a snake? Use painkillers!
Paracetamol is extremely toxic to snakes. A Leiden PhD student found out why.
Thursday 31 January 2019
The Internet's hidden side is watching you
Why do the same adverts follow you online? Legal expert Robbert van Eijk investigated the spider's web of clicks.