The road to... a sustainable world

May 01, 2015

With Tesla's new "Powerwall", Elon Musk has set one step closer to a sustainable world.

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Here's Waldo!

February 13, 2015

Who else spent hours of searching Waldo (or Wally, as he is called in Dutch)? Well, nowadays you can practically find him in a second. Randal Olson, student at Michigan State University, developed an algorithm that helps you to find Waldo in record-breaking speed.

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Record breaking climb of 'El Capitan'

January 16, 2015

It took them 19 days before Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson reached the top of 'El Capitan' in Yosemite National Park, USA. It wasn't 'ordinary' mountaineering; Caldwell and Jorgeson are so-called 'free climbers'. They climbed with only their hands and feet, so no use of any tools or ropes

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January 09, 2015

Now this is a story full of impossibilities. A story of a man with a long and impressive life.

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Escape from Alcatraz

December 16, 2014

In June 1962 three men escaped from Alcatraz, known as the “escape-proof prison”. Never a trace has been found of these men, and it remained a mystery what happened with them. However, researchers from Delft University showed that it is possible that those three men survived their jailbreak and had gone into hiding.

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The world's first lab-grown burger

November 28, 2014

My God! You must be kidding! You can't do that! That's going too far! What are you expecting? What do you think is possible? What will change in the image that you have of it when you see, and eat, something that is totally new? Those were the sorts of very normal thoughts that were going through my head. I was on my way to see Professor Mark Post, famous for the invention of cultured meat – quickly christened the "Frankenburger" by the international press.

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The largest in the world

November 25, 2014

In Ireland lies a fascinating region of 250 square kilometers, which, scarcely populated, creates a desolate impression: The Burren. The first thing that strikes you in this bizarre landscape are the barren hills. Not a tree in sight, no pastures, no hedges. You’ll find rocky hills, with some walls from field stones.

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How to stop a tsunami

November 14, 2014

A “flexible membrane tsunami flood barrier” existing from a sail, a floater and some cables: that is what it takes to stop a tsunami.

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Seeing the Invisible

October 28, 2014

The Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2014 was awarded to among others Stefan Hell from Heidelberg (Germany). He received the prize for the discovery of the principle of Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) and its implementation in a STED microscope. With his theory and practical realization a centuries-old dogma, namely that under an optical microscope you can never see details smaller than 250 nm, was abandoned. He realized a microscope in which details of 50 nm are visible – significant progress for cell biology and chemistry. What was invisible has become visible now. Hell shares the prize with two colleagues, who later discovered another principle that, under certain conditions, can attain the same results

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The Road to the Future

October 23, 2014

"Going through a fairy tale". That is how artist Daan Roosengaarde describes his project Smart Highway, which this week finally became reality.

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Stimulating the brain - deep

September 11, 2014

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical technique for activating or inhibiting areas of the brain. Patients with Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, essential tremor and Tourette syndrome can be treated using this technique. The DBS-team at MUMC+ is looking for new ways.

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Making the invisible visible

September 10, 2014

Making the invisible visible and identifying what could not be identified. Chemelot Campus and Maastricht Health Campus can offer academic and industrial researchers the very latest high-end equipment, thanks to the Enabling Technologies joint venture based on both campuses. Researchers need no longer purchase expensive analytical equipment themselves but can simply hire it for as long as they need it.

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Healthy babies

September 09, 2014

Imagine a couple that wants to start a family together. Unfortunately, there is a lethal genetic disease running in the family. Until not that long ago, the presence of the genetic defect could only have been detected in the foetus during pregnancy, facing the couple with the almost impossible choice of either having an affected child or having to terminate the pregnancy.

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New York is closer than you think

September 08, 2014

“New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made. There’s nothing you can’t do,” sang Alicia Keys. If you drive along the A2 motorway at Geleen in the evening and look carefully (screw up your eyes), then you’ll see our own New York right next to you.

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Marvellous maize: from cola to clothing!

September 05, 2014

Maize, or sweet corn, is not only tasty but also a popular raw material for bioplastic. Researchers throughout the world are constantly devising new applications for this versatile plant. For example, maize is already used in Goodyear car tyres and biodegradable bags.

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The sixth sense

September 04, 2014

A serious eye or ear defect can turn someone’s life upside down but what about a defective balance organ? That can disrupt someone’s life severely but is very difficult to diagnose. People whose balance organ does not work properly are so badly disabled that they are quite unable to live their lives normally.

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Reducing the use of antibiotics in animals

September 03, 2014

In the livestock industry, antibiotics are often used to combat sicknesses. A major disadvantage of this is that increasingly more bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. This is an unfortunate development as these resistant bacteria eventually end up in the meat that we eat. So what can be done about it?

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Away with the grime and greyness!

September 01, 2014

Smoky chimneys, grime and greyness... that’s what a lot of people think about an industrial campus. The Chemelot Campus is working hard to change this image. In the years to come, the campus will be green.

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Fight the grand global challenges

August 29, 2014

9 billion. That’s how many people will be on our planet in 2050. And according to the experts, population growth will not stop there.

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Can this scanner read your mind?

August 28, 2014

The jury is still out as to whether we can actually use it to read minds, but one thing is sure: the MRI scanner in the Brains Unlimited scanner lab can display connections in our brains very accurately.

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Dream, dare, do

August 27, 2014

That’s the motto of Guus Simons, founder and director of PathoFinder. Thanks to his considerable perseverance, he has succeeded in doing what many people thought was impossible. After more than 25 years in employment, in 2004 his accomplished his dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

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A giant step for mankind…

August 26, 2014

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy expressed a wish to land a man on the moon (and bring him back safely) by the end of the decade. Many people thought this was impossible. But there were also people who did believe in the dream. Researchers, pilots and technicians committed themselves fully to the Apollo mission and, on 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. Doesn’t every innovation start with an absurd idea?

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Designing plants?

August 26, 2014

In Sittard-Geleen, well-known journalist Johan van de Beek stumbled upon a chemical engineer who designs plants.

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Walk down Regeneration Street

August 22, 2014

Imagine a street in the Netherlands in which all the leading companies in the field of regenerative medicine are based. Impossible?

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Plastic-free oceans

August 20, 2014

On a diving holiday in Greece, Dutchman Boyan Slat saw more plastic bags in the sea than fish. And he thought it must be possible to clean them up.

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‘Please wait. Your jaw is now being printed.’

August 19, 2014

No, this is no joke. And neither is it so very far-fetched. With 3D technology, it’s possible to produce implants for the human skeleton, such as a jaw or part of the skull. The technique has been developed on the Maastricht Health Campus by the Xilloc company.

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Cartilage the size of a grain of rice

August 18, 2014

Making cartilage from cartilage? In the laboratories of TiGenix they do that every day. A piece of cartilage the size of a grain of rice is all that’s needed to generate new cartilage. For a damaged knee, for example.

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Will we soon be drinking Coke from a bottle made from sweet-corn?

August 15, 2014

It might well happen! Right now, there’s research being carried out on Chemelot Campus into a sustainable alternative to the PET bottle.

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Detecting breast cancer in a single breath

August 12, 2014

Detecting breast cancer could soon be as simple as blowing.

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