At the request of the three Dutch universities of technology, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has advised on the way in which quality can be adequately assessed in the design and engineering disciplines.
People who are slightly overweight live just as long as people with a normal weight. However, they have to live much longer with impairments. Only serious obesity (a BMI of 35 or over) results in earlier morbidity.
A new search engine makes it possible to automatically compare melodies and show the similarities and differences between them. The scientist Peter van Kranenburg developed the software so as to find variants of Dutch folksongs in transcriptions of thousands of tape recordings.
Researchers at the Academy's Hubrecht Institute have succeeded in giving individual stem cells their own particular colour. All the progeny of such a stem cell are then the same colour. The results and the photos appeared in the journal Cell on 1 October.
To identify scientific strategies and policy options for the future, the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) will organize the conference 'Impact of and Adaptation to Climate Change in Relation to Food Security in Africa'.