Astronomers at the Leiden Observatory have carried out the most precise gravity measurements ever made, using new software they developed specially. Their new code has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.
In 71% of all songbird species with available data, the female sings too. This is remarkable because in the wake of Darwin’s theory of evolution, birdsong has generally been seen as a characteristic of male birds, allowing them to compete with other males and attract females. Leiden biologist Katharina Riebel published this finding on 4 March in Nature Communications, together with an international team.
Six students of archaeology, history and art history are to follow the Silk Route in Central Asia, looking for evidence from ancient history for the enormous cultural exchange brought about by this trade route. They are conducting their research for the exhibition on the Silk Route that opened in the Hermitage in Amsterdam on 1 March.
The Leiden astrophysicist Alexey Boyarsky and his fellow researchers may have identified a trace of dark matter that could signify a new particle: the sterile neutrino. A research group in Harvard reported a very similar signal just a few days earlier.
Leiden University wants more focus on the differences between women and men in research. This time the goal is not more women researchers, but closer attention for the gender factor in scientific research. Taking sex and gender into account leads to innovation. To fail to do so is to risk the loss, not only of money but also of lives. What’s more, it is a requirement of Horizon 2020. Reason enough for a symposium.
The difference between the rational left hemisphere and the emotional right hemisphere is by no means as strict as the popular view would have us believe. PhD candidate Jurriaan Witteman has published a study on this topic in Cognitive, Affective and Behavioural Neuroscience.
A treatment designed to kill breast cancer cells can in some cases cause the tumour to spread. This is the finding of a research team led by Erik Danen, a cell biologist at Leiden University. Science Signaling will publish their article on 11 February 2014.
A child suddenly runs out into the road. Brake!! A driver who has recently eaten spinach or eggs will stop faster, thanks to the amino acid tyrosine found in these and other food products. Leiden cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato publishes her findings in the journal Neuropsychologia.
Leiden book historian Erik Kwakkel has developed a method for dating medieval handwriting more accurately. It will help make history less vague. He will shortly be introducing his new approach in Oxford.
The more a Tungara frog croaks, the greater his chance of finding a partner. But the vibrations produced by the noise on the water’s surface also attract predators. This is what research conducted by Leiden biologist Wouter Halfwerk and others has shown. An article about this finding appeared on January 24 in Science.
Children who experience chronic rejection and exclusion by their parents can become more sensitive to social exclusion later on in life and suffer the effects for a longer period of time. This is the subject of an online publication on the website Plos One by Anne-Laure van Harmelen and her Leiden University colleagues.
Linguist Marian Klamer and physicist John van Noort have each been awarded an NWO Vici subsidy of 1.5 million euros to set up their own research group and appoint PhD candidates.
Children with autism spectrum disorder often suffer from social and mental health problems. PhD research by Lucinda Pouw (Developmental and Educational Psychology) has shown that how they deal with their emotions is an important factor. PhD defence 14 January.
The collapse in 2013 of a textile factory in Bangladesh that also produced clothing for European brands again made it abundantly clear: the massive globalisation of the corporate world needs better rules and legislation. Leiden legal experts are working at European level on ways to move forward.
Leiden chemist Sascha Hoogendoorn has developed synthetic molecules that are selectively absorbed by certain types of cells. An important step in the development of drugs with minimal side effects. PhD defence 23 January.
Arts and creativity can have great benefits for one’s health. Does this mean that artists live longer? An interesting question for the experts on ageing at the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing: creative and healthy ageing. They published their research in PLOS One.
Five research projects by young Leiden researchers were awarded NWO Rubicon grants in the second round of nominations. The researchers are given the opportunity to conduct research at prestigious research institutions in the Netherlands and abroad.
Two research consortia in which leading Leiden researchers are collaborating with researchers from other research institutes in the Netherlands have jointly been awarded over 50 million euros in Gravitation grants by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
The European Gaia satellite was launched into space on 19 December, from a launch base in French Guiana, to make an extremely detailed map of the Milky Way. Leiden astronomer Anthony Brown is leading the consortium that will be processing the flood of measurement data.
Composer Cathy van Eck is investigating the unique characteristics of microphones and loudspeakers in the creation of music. Van Eck wrote 28 compositions and a text for her PhD research. Concert on 16 December, lecture and defence on 17 December.