The number of Dutch 15-year-olds that have trouble reading is increasing at an alarming rate, according to a report by the Foundation for Reading and Writing. Currently 18 percent, about one in six, Dutch 15-year-olds can't follow the subtitles of a movie or understand the content of a letter from the municipality or school. In 2012 it was 13.8 percent, AD reports.
Municipal health service GGD Amsterdam is taking part in an international scientific study in which a new HIV prevention pill will be tested on humans. The aim is to find out whether experimental drug F/TAF is safe and effective in preventing HIV infection in healthy adults. Gay men and transgender women who have sex with men who are interested in participating in this study, can register with GGD Amsterdam until March 26th, AT5 reports.
The Groningen astronomical institute Astron published the first pictures taken with the enhanced radio telescope of Westerborok. The first images shows Leo T, one of the smallest galaxies yet discovered, RTV Noord reports.
The telescope was upgraded with new radio receivers that act as a lens. This allows researchers to see about 40 times more than before.
The Amsterdam Academic Medical Center (AMC) got authorization to bury bodies in their own small cemetery in order to study decomposition. According to the hospital, this study will be of great value to forensic investigators, the Volkskrant reports.
A group of medical professionals from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam is researching "faith healing". They are collecting and considering tales of people whose health improved after, for example, someone laid their hands on them in prayer or anointed them, to see if there is scientific explanations for the improvement, Trouw reports.
Dutch cancer association KWF granted 49.5 million euros to 88 new cancer research projects, the association announced. According to KWF, the grants were spread to "research over the entire width of the fight against cancer", NU.nl reports.
The projects receiving grants focus on research in various stages of cancer.
A protein in a type of skin cell was found to prevent the HIV virus from entering the human body during sexual contact, researchers at Amsterdam’s Academic Medical Centre discovered. The TRIM5alpha protein in a type of cell called Langerhans Cells helps restrict HIV-1 transmission in both heterosexual and homosexual activities, the research shows.
The discovery could determine why some are more susceptible to HIV than others, AMC said in a statement. Genetic differences in people could make it harder for the protein to block, and shred the virus.
Pregnant woman who get in too little vitamin D are more than twice as likely to have a child that develops autism, according to a study by Erasmus MC in Rotterdam among over 4 thousand 6-year-olds and their mothers.
University of Amsterdam scientist Erik Verlinde published a new theory fo gravity which he debunks the existence of dark matter, NOS reports.
Astronomers often note in their observations that they observe more gravity in galaxies than the number of stars would suggest. This extra gravity is attributed to dark matter - an unknown substance believed to hold the galaxies together.
The world's first bridge built out of completely biological materials - mostly hemp and flax - was placed on the Dommel on the TU Eindhoven campus. The 14 meter long bridge weighs only 1,500 kilograms - four times less than a conventional bridge, the Telegraaf reports.
"All materials are one hundred percent organic, the 'ingredients' of the bio-composite are bio-fiber, bio-resins and bio-foam. Except for the steel bolts", TU/e researcher and project manager Rijk Blok said to the newspaper.
For the first time ever a Dutch house pet was cloned. The cloning happened in South Korea for a new BNN program, NOS reports.
Cloning is prohibited in the Netherlands, but importing a cloned animal is not illegal.
Dutch scientist Ben Feringa was just awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Two researchers believe they know what is written in a letter for future generations as a homage to Benito Mussolini - leader of Fascist Italy from 1922 to 1945 - hidden under a huge obelisk. The historians raced the text and presented it on Wednesday
Professor Willem Takken of the Wageningen University believes that he can eventually completely eradicate malaria using a mosquito trap that smells like a human body. The research into the use of this trap was published in The Lancet medical journal on Wednesday
In addition to enjoying music, theater, film, and literature, people attending the Lowlands festival this year can also participate in science experiments. Lowlands Science will include a total of nine studies ranging from out-of-body experiences to an investigation into why people like porn
A team of TU Delft scientists developed the the physically smallest hard drive ever to exist in the world so far. The hard disk has a storage capacity of 80 terabits, about 500 times more than is currently commercially available, and each bit consists of only one chlorine atom
Researchers and doctors at UMC Utrecht discovered a new genetic mutation that leads to fatal pneumonia in young children, the hospital announced on Tuesday. This mutation is characterized by a increased susceptibility to invention due to part of the natural defenses being suppressed.
The Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) discovered that one of their former researchers committed academic fraud. The researcher tampered with the results of DNA tests in two scientific articles, the hospital said in a statement. LUMC informed the publisher of the articles and asked that they be taken offline.
Prince Constantijn kicked off the Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam on Tuesday morning. The Prince does not know whether startups will become the driving force behind the economy, "but they are important to renew the economy", he said in the opening speech
A relatively rare Mercury transit will happen today. The small planet will partially eclipse the sun as it moves between the sun and the earth
Dutch pharmaceuticals and oncologists are teaming up in a new experiment to test experimental cancer drugs on patients quickly and safely. Pharmaceuticals will make their cancer drugs available to oncologists, who in exchange will let them know how patients react to the medicines
The Dutch institute for radio astronomy Astron is threatening a 100 million euro damage claim against a group of farmers planning to build windmills in Veenkolonien, Drenthe. According to Astron, the windmills will be "disastrous" for their research into the origins of the universe
The Micropia museum in Amsterdam launched an innovative exhibition titled 'Crucial Cleaner' this week. In the exhibit visitors will be able to see how microbes break down the body of a giraffe calf.
DNA evidence found in the 1995 rape and murder of Nicole van den Hurk, will be re-analyzed in New-Zealand using a new method. The intent is that this reexamination will provide clarity on whether or not the DNA belongs to 48-year-old suspect Jos de G.