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Campus - Computer Science - 26.06.2023
New AI-model with better understanding of images
Generative AI programmes can generate images from textual prompts. These models work best when they generate images of single objects. Creating complete scenes is still difficult. Michael Ying Yang, a UT-researcher from the faculty of ITC recently developed a novel method that can graph scenes from images that can serve as a blueprint for generating realistic and coherent images.

Social Sciences - Campus - 05.06.2023
Benefits of later school entry for kids spill over to younger siblings
A Yale-led study shows that having an older sibling who succeeds at school helps children, especially from disadvantaged families, perform well academically. Having a high-achieving older sibling helps children, especially those from socioeconomically disadvantaged families, succeed academically, according to a new Yale-led study.

Astronomy / Space - Campus - 11.05.2023
Celestial monsters at the origin of globular clusters
Celestial monsters at the origin of globular clusters
Researchers have found strong evidence that supermassive stars can explain the anomalies observed in large clusters of stars. Globular clusters are the most massive and oldest star clusters in the Universe. They can contain up to 1 million of them. The chemical composition of these stars, born at the same time, shows anomalies that are not found in any other population of stars.

Campus - Religions - 11.05.2023
New Study Option Combines Theology and Social Work
New Study Option Combines Theology and Social Work
University of Bonn and katho to introduce mutual recognition of study achievements The Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Bonn and the Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine-Westphalia (katho) are to offer their students a new study option. In the future, students on the Magister Theologiae degree program at the University of Bonn will be able to combine it with a bachelor's in Social Work at katho, ideally on its Cologne campus, making it easier for them to obtain two degrees at the same time.

Campus - 11.05.2023
Singing humpback whales respond to wind noise, but not boats
Singing humpback whales respond to wind noise, but not boats
A University of Queensland study has found humpback whales sing louder when the wind is noisy, but don't have the same reaction to boat engines. Research lead Dr Elisa Girola from UQ's Faculty of Science said this quirk of whale evolution could have consequences for breeding and behaviour. "Humpback whales evolved over millions of years with noise from natural sources but noise from man-made vessels is foreign to their instincts," Dr Girola said.

Campus - 24.04.2023
Mastering steel deformation
Mastering steel deformation
Tijmen Vermeij researched how to make steel lighter, stronger and more durable. He received his doctorate cum laude from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering on Friday, April 21. The automotive industry frequently uses steels containing multiple phases, in particular soft ferrite and hard martensite.

Campus - 17.04.2023
School discipline can be predicted, new research says. Is it preventable?
While school discipline rates have long been reviewed at the end of the year, new research highlights the importance of monitoring daily discipline rate fluctuations throughout the school year. (Flickr photo by Alisha Newton) Rates of school discipline fluctuate widely and predictably throughout a school year and increase significantly faster for Black students than for their white counterparts, University of California, Berkeley, researchers have found.

Campus - Research Management - 11.04.2023
English scholars develop unique resource for asexuality and aromanticism research
English scholars develop unique resource for asexuality and aromanticism research
It is now easier for researchers to study asexuality and aromanticism thanks to a new resource created by two University of Toronto English scholars. Liza Blake , an associate professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at University of Toronto Mississauga, and  Jenna McKellips , a graduate student in English language and literature, have co-created the  Asexuality and Aromanticism Bibliography.

Life Sciences - Campus - 07.04.2023
Searching across deep time to understand 'ecogenesis'
Searching across deep time to understand ’ecogenesis’
Geobiologist Greg Fournier seeks to uncover the conditions leading to the emergence of life. In Greg Fournier's line of work - studying living systems that developed billions of years ago - outstanding questions far outnumber established answers. "Often, we have very little information to go on. We can suggest how each piece of evidence we have may be more consistent with different scenarios," says Fournier, an associate professor of geobiology in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.

Campus - 03.04.2023
Duolingo English Test can predict international students’ first year academic performance
International university students' scores on the Duolingo English Test (DET) used as proof of English language proficiency can predict students' first year academic performance, finds a study led by UCL researchers. Students arriving with higher DET scores are more likely to achieve better grades in their first year at university than students with lower DET scores.

Health - Campus - 27.03.2023
Students who played sports before the pandemic did better during lockdowns
Participating in campus recreational sports can offset stress and contribute to academic competence A history of participating in campus recreational sports can offset stress and contribute to academic competence even during high-stress periods such as a pandemic lockdown, shows a new study. Researchers at the University of Waterloo found that participation in activities such as fitness classes and intramural and drop-in sports before the pandemic was linked to lower levels of stress and higher levels of perceived competence to handle challenges and master school workload during the lockdown.

Environment - Campus - 22.03.2023
Fighting drought together with farmers, landowners and scientists
Can a scientist, a farmer and a nature organisation ensure that nature can better withstand periods of extreme drought or massive flooding? Can a 'regular civilian' help to counteract drought and improve biodiversity in our country in the near future by sowing certain species of grass and herbs? If it were up to Dr. Edwin Pos , yes.

Campus - 01.03.2023
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship for SBE Researcher
SBE Researcher Jakob Raymaekers has been granted a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship for his research project on Causal Discovery. The objective of this Fellowship is to support researchers' careers and to foster excellence in research. "I hope this research will help scientists in a variety of disciplines to discover new and valid causal relations" -  Jakob Raymaekers Jakob Raymaekers, Assistant Professor at the deparment of Quantitative Economics (MSCM) Robust Causal Discovery Can we learn causal mechanisms from observational data? The answer is yes, under the right conditions.

Campus - 17.02.2023
Whales give up singing to fight for love
Whales give up singing to fight for love
Male whales along Australia's eastern seaboard are giving up singing to attract a mate, switching instead to fighting their male competition. Associate Professor Rebecca Dunlop from The University of Queensland's School of Biological Sciences led research analysing almost two decades of data on humpback whale behaviour and found singing may no longer be in vogue when it comes to seduction.

Campus - Life Sciences - 17.02.2023
Nightly Sleep Is Key to Student Success
A new study at Carnegie Mellon University shows the impact of nightly sleep on a student's academic performance For young adults, college is a time of transition. It may be the first time students have the freedom to determine how to spend their time, but this freedom comes with competing interests from academics, social events and even sleep.

Campus - Social Sciences - 16.02.2023
Asking the right questions | Brenda Erens
Dr. started her academic career at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. There she did the bachelor in Psychology and subsequently, the master in Forensic Psychology. After graduation, Erens went to work at Veilig Thuis (Safe Home): the advice and report centre for child abuse and domestic violence in Heerlen.

Social Sciences - Campus - 08.02.2023
Preschool gives a big boost to college attendance
Research using a Boston admissions lottery shows striking effects for children throughout their student lives. Close Attending preschool at age 4 makes children significantly more likely to go to college, according to an empirical study led by an MIT economist. The study examines children who attended public preschools in Boston from 1997 to 2003.

Campus - 01.02.2023
Picturing ruins: more than just a morbid fascination
Picturing ruins: more than just a morbid fascination
A graduate student's study of Instagram photographs of urban decline reveals humans have a deep-rooted attraction to decay. CONTENU - Click on hashtag #abandoned on Instagram and you'll find over 9 million posts. For hashtag #urbex, there are over 11 million. It's a seemingly endless supply of haunting photographs of ruins-abandoned houses in the middle of nowhere, crumbling industrial complexes overrun with weeds, ancient graveyards submerged under water.

Campus - 31.01.2023
Fishing in tandem brings benefits for people and dolphins
Fishing in tandem brings benefits for people and dolphins
Dolphins and net-casting fishers in Brazil catch more fish by working together, a new study by an international team of researchers has shown. According to the authors, it's a rare example of an interaction by two top predators that is beneficial to both parties. The study was led by Assistant Professor Mauricio Cantor from Oregon State University.

Computer Science - Campus - 30.01.2023
How FAIR is the software landscape of Utrecht University?
Nowadays, it is quite common to develop and use code and software for research. Graduate Keven Quach wanted to know how FAIR the code and software is developed by researchers at Utrecht University. So he dived into GitHub, an online platform where you can develop, manage and publish code and software.