Lessons from our coal past

Since we chose coal en masse at the end of the 18th century, we have never moved away from fossil energy. Why did we ever take that step? To find out, Wout Saelens (UAntwerpen - VUB) dives into the past. Via inventories, he studies the contents - think hearths, stoves, and cookers - of 18th-century houses.
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UAntwerpen - VUB

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X-ray scanners: the port's detectives

Every day, drugs, weapons and other smuggled goods arrive at the port, hidden in containers. Unfortunately, customs currently cannot even check 10% of all containers. Caroline Bossuyt and her colleagues want to change that. How? With x-ray scanners, the port's future detectives.

Alzheimer's puts you off balance

Alzheimer's not only affects memory, but also balance and orientation. "People with Alzheimer's move more slowly and unsafely, putting them at greater risk of falls and broken bones than their healthy peers," Joyce Bosmans explains. She advocates helping people with Alzheimer's to get balance training.
Vander Donck

How vagina-friendly is your underwear?

Did you know that as many as 3 in 4 women suffer from a vaginal yeast infection at some point in their lives? But does the type of underwear they wear play a role in this? That's what Leonore Vander Donck (UAntwerpen) is looking into.

The sewer as a mirror of society

Tim Boogaerts (UAntwerp) dives into sewers for his research. "Why would you do that?", we hear you thinking. Well, because sewage offers a wealth of information on the use of drugs, alcohol, and medicines in our society. Tim explains how that works.
De Kerf

Discover a hidden world with the hyperspectral camera

Bees, snakes, or birds: they see things that we humans do not. Until now, because with hyperspectral cameras, we will soon surpass the entire animal kingdom, as Thomas De Kerf (UAntwerp) explains.

Fast and furious hearts: on a quest for a cure

One in 100 people suffer from a chronic heart condition. For example, their heart beats too fast even at rest, leaving these patients completely exhausted. Fortunately, surgery can help, but the procedure is risky and can lead to damage to the heart. To eliminate this risk, Rani Kronenberger (VUB) and her colleagues turn to 3D printing ...

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