Are there harmful substances in my cookie?

Did you know that some chemical components in food packaging can penetrate into the packaged food? Annelies Van Heyst examined 200 food products and reassures us: you can still feast on your favorite cookies
Annelies Van Heyst

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Science Figured Out lures scientists out of their trusted lab or office space and places them in front of a camera with a clear task: inform the general public in a clear 3-minute pitch about your research!

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A quick method to detect liver fibrosis through the blood

Joeri Lambrecht (VUB - Vrije Universiteit Brussel) developed a simple blood test that allows for a faster, safer and cheaper detection of liver fibrosis.

Ordering beads to revolutionize chemistry

A metal tube and microscopic beads. That's basically what you need to 'dissect' the molecules in any given sample, such as blood, yoghurt or medicines. Nathaniel Berneman (VUB - Vrije Universiteit Brussel) explains how this technique works and how he wants to improve this.
Salazar Marcano
KU Leuven

Breaking down barriers between chemistry and biology

"In science, we tend to look at the world like it's a messy room that needs organizing. We divide things into boxes, such as the biology box or the chemistry box." David Salazar Marcano wants to break down these barriers in order to develop new biomaterials
KU Leuven

How do you keep a secret?

Jan-Pieter D'Anvers keeps secrets. Your secrets. Think of your bank card code or your e-mails. He develops encryption algorithms to secure electronic communication and transactions.
KU Leuven

Is self-knowledge the beginning of all math nodes?

Elien Bellon tries to find out how we can help children calculate better without letting them repeat math tables over and over again. Does the solution come from Socrates, who states that "true knowledge is to know oneself"?
KU Leuven

The cell cycle from a mathematical point of view

"Everything in the universe is made of math, including you" says the renowned cosmologist Max Tegmark. Jan Rombouts shares the same conviction: in his doctoral thesis he does not look at the cell cycle of living beings from the perspective of biology, but pours it into mathematical equations in order to gain a better understanding of the wondrous functioning of the cell.

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