The amount of data produced by scientists increases by one third every year, according to the European Commission. How can they find their way around this mountain of data? This is the key question intriguing the new distinguished university professor of Data Science, Michel Dumontier. The 41-year-old Canadian researcher is…

A scientific crush

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Written by Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:33
From the very first contact, the feeling was mutual: this is the kind of person I want to work with. After a six-month internship in Professor Ron Heeren’s group at the AMOLF institute, Karolina Skraskova knew she couldn’t return to the Czech Republic, where she had originally started her PhD.…

Alternatives to animal testing

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Written by Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:37
Jos Kleinjans is, much to his own frustration, regarded as someone who lands grants by the dozen. The professor of Environmental Health Science is working to develop better, animal-free methods to test the toxicity of chemical substances such as medicines and cosmetics. He’s pessimistic about the prospects for rapid legal…

Darwin vs industrial-capitalist thinking

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Written by Wednesday, 16 September 2015 08:04
The industrial dogma “cheaper is better” is about to prove short-sighted, according to Maastricht University (UM) professor of New Biobased Building Blocks Stefaan de Wildeman. In addition to developing new plastics from renewable sources in his laboratory on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, he is working to change the way we…

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