Retrain your pain

Pain is our body's alarm system. It warns us if there is something wrong with our body. Pain can therefore be very useful, but sometimes also very misleading...
Elien Van Der Gucht
KU Leuven

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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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Making plastic out of wood

What if we could make plastic out of... Wood waste? This is already possible today, but unfortunately the technology to make such bioplastics is not yet fully developed. Tim Croes wants to help change that.
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.
KU Leuven

How can we make hearing implants smarter?

A cochlear implant makes it possible for the deaf and hearing impaired to hear well. This is a wonderful invention, but it requires some work to properly set up and keep the device up to date. But Ben Somers has a solution for that!
KU Leuven

Finding the weak spot of breast cancer cells

Despite recent advances in breast cancer treatment, too many women still die once this cancer has spread throughout their body. That's why Matteo Rossi is looking to find weaknesses of breast cancer cells, in order to defeat them.

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