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Gravitational waves detected for the very first time

Gravitational waves detected for the very first time

100 years after Einstein’s prediction of gravitational waves, astronomers have observed gravitational waves that originate from the fusion of two black holes. They detected these gravitational waves in the LIGO observations. This opens a new window on the Universe.   

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Patron Saint’s Day 2016: “A little folly brings utopia closer”

Patron Saint’s Day 2016: “A little folly brings utopia closer”

With a nod towards Erasmus and Thomas More, Rector Rik Torfs held a plea for a healthy dose of folly as well as utopianism. In other words: we have to dare to dream, just like the six individuals who received an honorary doctorate during this year’s Patron Saint’s Day celebrations.

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"Surprised and honoured": interviews with the new honorary doctors

"Surprised and honoured": interviews with the new honorary doctors

On the occasion of its Patron Saint's Day, KU Leuven will once again award a number of honorary doctorates. This year, the celebrations will take place on Wednesday 10 February 2016.

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VIDEO: KU Leuven drone mixes plane and quadcopter technology

KU Leuven researchers have devised a prototype delivery drone that could rival the likes of Amazon Prime Air and Google's Project Wing. VertiKUL 2 combines the ability of quadcopters to take off and land vertically with both the speed of conventional aircraft and their capacity to fly long distances.

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Fine-tuned test predicts risk of ovarian cancer with great precision

Fine-tuned test predicts risk of ovarian cancer with great precision

In collaboration with scientists from Imperial College London and Lund University, Professors Dirk Timmerman and Ben Van Calster from KU Leuven have improved a test for ultrasound diagnosis of ovarian tumours.

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Hay fever medicine reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

Hay fever medicine reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

Researchers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have identified the cause of abdominal pain in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As a result, they were able to select a medicine that could reduce or end that pain. This medicine is already used to treat hay fever.

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Greenland ice sheet melts more when it’s cloudy

Greenland ice sheet melts more when it’s cloudy

Clouds play a bigger role in the melting of the Greenland ice sheet than was previously assumed. Compared to clear skies, clouds enhance the meltwater runoff by a third. Those are the findings of an international study that was coordinated by KU Leuven and published in Nature Communications.

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Why do chronically lonely teens stay lonely?

Why do chronically lonely teens stay lonely?

Some adolescents respond to social situations in ways that may perpetuate rather than reduce their feelings of loneliness. These teens tend to attribute social inclusion to coincidence and social exclusion to some personal shortcoming.

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9 billion mouths to feed: the future of our food

9 billion mouths to feed: the future of our food

One in five human beings is overweight. One in seven is hungry. By 2050, we will have another two billion mouths to feed. How can agriculture meet this challenge? Should we take meat off the menu for good?

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‘Which-hunting’ worked: the impact of style guides

‘Which-hunting’ worked: the impact of style guides

Great news for grammar lovers: style guides work. New research shows that manuals can change our grammatical preferences in English, especially when they recommend informal grammatical options.

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Students from developing countries meet for Get Together Day

Students from developing countries meet for Get Together Day

On Friday 11 December, over 500 students from different developing countries assembled in Alma 2 for the Get Together Day. They got to know their fellow students a little better, enjoyed a winter barbecue, and danced the night away.

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New industrial possibilities for nanoporous thin films

New industrial possibilities for nanoporous thin films

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a new type of materials with nanoscale pores. Bioscience engineers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have developed an alternative method that produces these materials in the form of very thin films, so that they can easily be used for high-tech applications such as microchips.

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Scientists develop diesel that emits far less CO2

Scientists develop diesel that emits far less CO2

Researchers from KU Leuven and Utrecht University have discovered a new approach to the production of fuels. Their new method can be used to produce much cleaner diesel. It can quickly be scaled up for industrial use. In 5 to 10 years, we may see the first cars driven by this new clean diesel.

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Two genes linked to intellectual disability and circular skin creases on limbs

Two genes linked to intellectual disability and circular skin creases on limbs

Clinical geneticists from KU Leuven have identified two genes that cause the rare congenital syndrome known as circumferential skin creases Kunze type.

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More chocolate flavours thanks to yeast

More chocolate flavours thanks to yeast

Researchers from KU Leuven and VIB have shown that the yeasts used to ferment cocoa beans can change the taste of the chocolate. The team also created new yeast strains that offer chocolate manufacturers a broad range of flavours to choose from.

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Greet Van den Berghe and Luc Van Gool receive FWO Excellence Prize

Greet Van den Berghe and Luc Van Gool receive FWO Excellence Prize

On 30 November, KU Leuven professors Greet Van den Berghe and Luc Van Gool received the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) Excellence Prize in Brussels. They each received 100,000 euros in recognition of their scientific career. Greet Van den Berghe and Luc Van Gool receive FWO Excellence Prize

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Alessandro Baricco, writer and cultural philosopher: "I prefer feeling like a debutant"

Alessandro Baricco, writer and cultural philosopher: "I prefer feeling like a debutant"

Alessandro Baricco not only is one of Italy's most talented novelists, he’s also a sharp-penned culture critic whose voice resonates far beyond his country’s borders. “Unlike in an essay, it is never my explicit aim in a novel to understand something in the world.”

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Human rights rapporteur Peter Bouckaert: "I can no longer walk away"

Human rights rapporteur Peter Bouckaert: "I can no longer walk away"

He brings war crimes into the open, ventures into the wolf’s den to confront criminals, and goes in among the refugees washing ashore to drag children out of the water. Peter Bouckaert (45) from Human Rights Watch: “For us, victims have a face and a name.”

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