Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture wants to use a "light form" of genetic modification as part of her efforts to make agriculture in the Netherlands more sustainable. She is currently working with companies, farmers and Wageningen University to investigate the possibilities for experimenting with the so-called CRISPR-Cas method. She will send parliament a letter about their progress in the coming weeks, she said to the Volkskrant.
Dutch universities are worried that the supply of lecturers in Artificial Intelligence will dry up - the vast majority of PhD graduates in this field are opting to enter the business world or teach at an American university, Financieele Dagblad reports.
American universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are increasingly given the opportunity to invest in AI. MIT recently announced a 1 billion dollar investment in a new AI center. Dutch universities can not compete with this financial strength.
Museum Huis van Hulde reconstructed the face of a Russian soldier who was killed in a battle in Castricum in 1799. The soldier's skeleton was discovered in the dunes last year. His origin was determined with a DNA investigation, and his face was reconstructed using forensic techniques, according to the museum. The reconstructed soldier will form part of the museum's Vijand in het Zand exhibition from Friday.
Archeologists discovered around 125 meters of Roman road along Ingenieur G. Tjalmaweg in the municipality of Katwijk. The road was built 2 thousand years ago. A Roman settlement was also found, ANP reports.
The province of Zuid-Holland asked archeologists study the area in preparation for the RijnlandRoute, a new road from Katwijk to the A4 at Leiden.
After this year's hot summer, the Netherlands and the rest of the world can expect another four unusually warm years, according to a new statistical analysis of the world temperature by Sybren Drijfhout of the Dutch meteorological institute KNMI and French colleague Florian Sevellec from the University of Brest, the Volkskrant reports.
A special Dutch radio receiver went into space with a Chinese rocket on Sunday night. The receiver - actually three antennas made of fiberglass - will be used to capture signals that may say something about the origin of the earth, NOS reports.
Refugees with a scientific background may soon find it easier to find work in the Dutch academic world. Science financier NWO in The Hague is launching an experiment in which refugee scientists can get an appointment with a Dutch research group, NOS reports.
This experiment involves 750 thousand euros, enough to appoint eight to 15 people with a master's or doctor's degree for a year. The program, called Refugees in Science, was established in cooperation with KNAW, De Jonge Akademie and and the Dutch foundation for Refugee Students.
The Biomedical Primate Research Center (BPRC) in Rijswijk used 317 monkeys in its tests last year, compared to 95 in 2016. Last year 137 of these animals died, AD reports.
Ronald Bontrop, BPRC director, told AD that the increase is due the the fact that "a long-term experiment with tuberculosis was completed last year". According to him, the monkeys involved in this experiment have been tested on for some time, but were only included in the count of last year - the year in which the experiment finished.
VDL in Eindhoven is going to help the European Southern Observatory build the largest telescope in the world. Tens of millions of euros are involved in this project, Omroep Brabant reports.
A student at Eindhoven University of Technology accidentally discovered a method to make a medicine against breast cancer much cheaper, NU.nl reports.
The student, working under lead researcher Lech-Gustav Milroy, conicidentally discovered that the substance Z-endoxifen, which can be used as a cancer medication, can be made in its pure form in one step. This discovery makes an extra step in the production process superfluous, and therefore makes the production process cheaper.
Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is about to crash, sometime between Friday and Monday, experts expect. Where the space station will re-enter earth's atmosphere, and whether any debris will actually reach the earth, is still unclear. But it is very unlikely that the Netherlands will be hit, Stijn Lemmens of the European Space Agency (ESA) said to broadcaster NOS.
British physicist Stephen Hawking was an extraordinary man, with a great sense of humor, who did amazing things for science, according to Dutch professor Vincent Icke. The world renowned physicist passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76.
Icke and Hawking worked together at the Institute for Astronomy in Cambridge. "There were a lot of these fake academics around", Icke said speaking to RTL Nieuws. "But Steve was not fake at all, he was a really nice guy."
A power outage affecting Dutch airline KLM forced the airline to halt all flights from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. The electricity cut had a challenging impact on multiple KLM system around 2 p.m., and some passengers complained on social media platforms that the troubles had persisted for hours.
A full scan and analysis of Johannes Vermeer's most famous work Girl with a Pearl Earring started in full public view in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague on Monday. Until March 11th museum visitors can watch a team of internationally recognized scientists study this painting in an effort to find out more about the method and materials Vermeer used for this famous work.
Researchers at TU Eindhoven are developing a material that changes color when you add water to it. The researchers see numerous applications for this material, from packaging, to color changing decorations and even authenticity marks on bank notes, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
Archeologists found the remains of a baby that was buried in Nieuwegein some 6 thousand years ago. The remains of the baby was found with the skeleton of a young woman, which was excavated in the Het Klooster area in 2015. When archeologists studied the young woman's skeleton more closely in Leiden, the baby was found in her arms, AD reports.
The municipality of Nieuwegein calls this a unique archeological find for the Netherlands. This is the oldest baby remains ever found in the country. The discovery was presented at the Nieuwegein town hall on Tuesday.
In 2017 the average sea level was 11cm above the NAP (Normal Amsterdam's Peil). That is 2cm higher that the former record year, 2007.
Fedor Baart, spokesperson of the research institute Deltares explained the phenomenon to newspaper de Volkskrant.
The sea level expert explained that the record is not surprising at all: "Since 1890 the waters along the coasts are rising about 2mm per year, because of the melting of the polar ices and the glaciers, together with the rise in temperature of the seas."
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) wants to hinder the strong rise in international students enrolled at the academic institution, according to Parool. In ten years the number of international students quadrupled, according to new research from international student organization Nuffic.
The University of Amsterdam achieved a great breakthrough in the preservation of coral reefs. Research by the university's Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamic found a successful method of breeding coral species, the university announced.
The results were recently published on the scientific magazine Scientific Reports.
The Dutch space instrument Tropomi sent its first images back to earth on Friday. The instrument was launched in October with the mission to accurately measure and map the pollution of the earth, the Telegraaf reports.
The Tropomi images clearly show clouds of nitrogen dioxide above the Netherlands, according to the newspaper. These are caused by traffic and industry. There is also a significant concentrations of carbon monoxide, caused by burning fuel and wood above India and the Amazon. The air above the east coast of China was also determined to be highly polluted.
After ten years of research and testing by the university hospitals in Leiden and Nijmegen, a malaria vaccine seems to be on the horizon. Tests on 19 human subjects in the Netherlands over the past six months seem to indicate a breakthrough. They were injected with genetically weakened malaria parasites and none of them got malaria, NOS reports.
The Netherlands has seen a massive surge in the number of international higher education students, with over 80 thousand enrolled at Dutch universities and applied sciences universities during the 2016-2017 academic year. This figure is double the number of foreign students in the country just ten years ago, according to new research from international student organization Nuffic.
There may be something to the term 'Dutch courage'. A study by Maastricht University, the University of Liverpool, and King's College London found that consuming a low dose of alcohol, improves bilingual speakers' ability to speak a second language.
For the study, conducted at and funded by the University of Maastricht, researchers tested 50 native German speakers' ability to speak Dutch after drinking a low dose of alcohol. The participants are studying at the University of Maastricht and recently learned to speak, read and write Dutch.
Inspired by the public outrage around reports of American film producer Harvey Weinstein sexually abusing numerous actresses, and thousands of women sharing their experiences on social media under #MeToo, Professor Vanessa Evers of the University of Twente decided to speak out about sexual abuse and harassment in the science world. "I thought: damn this does not just happen to beautiful actresses in Hollywood, but also to people like me", she wrote on UToday's website, AD reports. "Sexual harassment happens in all worlds."