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Results: 21 - 40 of 412
  • Aerosols persist in insufficiently ventilated elevator cabins
    23 Sep 2020
    Aerosols can persist for periods of ten to twenty minutes inside an elevator – during normal operation. With the elevator doors permanently closed, this period can increase to thirty minutes, while it decreases to ...
  • Effective digital mental health more necessary than ever during COVID-19 pandemic
    31 Aug 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused worldwide fear, uncertainty and restriction of movement. The physical distancing, socio-economic consequences of quarantine measures, and the loss of social support are a grave threat ...
  • From identification to a chemical fingerprint for explosives in forensic research
    28 Aug 2020
    The police frequently encounter explosives in their forensic investigations related to criminal and terrorist activities. Chemical analysis of explosives can yield valuable tactical information for police and ...
  • Would you fall for a fake video? UvA research suggests you might
    24 Aug 2020
    As concerns about election interference around the globe continue to rise, the phenomenon of deepfakes and their possible impact on democratic processes remains surprisingly understudied. An interdisciplinary team of ...
  • How did the old masters make their ultramarine?
    13 May 2020
    Researchers at the Rijksmuseum, the University of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) have developed a method that reveals how the costly pigment ultramarine was prepared ...
  • The power of zero when selling a house
    7 May 2020
    When Amsterdam real estate buyers were competing for properties, sellers setting asking prices that ended in one or more zeroes achieved higher prices. That was the finding of a new paper, written by a team of ...
  • Root microbiome can make crops more resistant to drought
    16 Apr 2020
    In the new issue of Science, an international team of biologists, led by Franciska de Vries of the University of Amsterdam, urges the scientific community to spend more time researching the interaction of food crops ...
  • Dutch citizens support European solidarity in fighting epidemic
    26 Mar 2020
    Dutch citizens are prepared to give the European Union a more central role when it comes to fighting an epidemic. This is the result of a survey conducted before the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis by an ...
  • UvA scientists explain the implications of the coronavirus
    5 Mar 2020
    The coronavirus last week reached the Netherlands and began to spread around the country. How has the Dutch population reacted? What is a useful frame of reference for this situation? And what are the legal ...
  • Tracking the rise of Euroscepticism and support for the far-right
    3 Mar 2020
    Support for Eurosceptic and far-right political parties continues to rise across Europe, according to a new version of the PopuList, which is launched today. The PopuList is an international collaboration, led by UvA ...
  • Problems with cyanobacteria will worsen if CO2 concentrations continue to rise
    20 Feb 2020
    Scientists from the University of Amsterdam are warning that problems with toxic cyanobacteria are likely to increase in the future. In an article in the journal Science Advances, they show that a common ...
  • Dr Sebastian Schelter named as head of AIRLab
    14 Feb 2020
    Dr Sebastian Schelter has been announced as the first manager of the AIRLab, the joint ICAI-Ahold Delhaize artificial intelligence industry lab, with effect from 1 April 2020. Dr Schelter, currently a Faculty Fellow ...
  • Replication study contradicts claim that conservatives have stronger physiological responses to threats than liberals
    10 Feb 2020
    For years, a study from 2008 that claimed that conservative people have stronger physiological reactions to threatening stimuli than those who express liberal views, has been widely quoted. A replication study, led ...
  • Study calls for EU trade policy to anticipate ethical and responsible AI regulation
    21 Jan 2020
    EU trade policy should carve out space for the regulation of ethical and responsible artificial intelligence (AI) in future trade talks. This is the finding of a new study by researchers from the University of ...
  • Amsterdam knowledge institutions invest 1 billion in AI
    13 Dec 2019
    The knowledge institutions of Amsterdam have joined forces and are investing 1 billion euros in the development of responsible AI technologies over the next ten years, by setting up research programmes, attracting ...
  • Blue whale, taken with a camera drone. This individual is 23 metres long, photographed in May 2018 at Terceira Island, the Azores
    How did baleen whales become our planet’s giants?
    12 Dec 2019
    Blue whales are the largest animals ever to have lived on our planet. But why did blue whales and their close relatives, the baleen whales, evolve to be so huge while other animals did not? An international ...
  • UvA selected as centre of excellence for the retention of AI talent
    10 Dec 2019
    The University of Amsterdam has been selected by the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) as an ‘ELLIS Unit’ to keep talent in machine learning and related AI research fields in Europe. ...
  • Johan Rockström (photo: M. Axelsson/Azote)
    Honorary UvA doctorate for sustainability expert Johan Rockström
    21 Nov 2019
    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is bestowing an honorary doctorate on the Swedish earth scientist and sustainability expert Johan Rockström. Rockström will receive the honorary doctorate for his pioneering ...
  • Diana Bianchi
    UvA honorary doctorate for medical geneticist and neonatologist Diana Bianchi
    19 Nov 2019
    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is awarding American neonatologist and medical geneticist Diana Bianchi with an honorary doctorate. This honorary doctorate is awarded to Bianchi for her crucial contributions to ...
  • Nicholas Till, professor
    Nicholas Till to hold Pierre Audi Chair in Music Theatre and Opera
    14 Nov 2019
    Nicholas Till, internationally renowned professor of Opera Studies, will, as of November 2019, hold the first Music Theatre and Opera Chair in the Netherlands. Till will combine the chair at the UvA with his ...