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  • Evolution in your back garden – great tits may be adapting their beaks to birdfeeders Oct 19, 2017

    A British enthusiasm for feeding birds may have caused UK great tits to have evolved longer beaks than their European counterparts, according to new research. The findings, published in Science, identify for the first time the genetic differences between UK and Dutch great tits which researchers were then able to link to longer beaks.

  • Learning during development is regulated by unexpected brain region Oct 18, 2017

    During childhood, the brain goes through critical periods in which its learning ability for specific skills and functions is strongly increased. It is assumed that the beginning and ending of these critical periods are regulated in the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain. However, scientists from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience discovered that a structure deep in the brain also plays a crucial role in the regulation of these critical periods.

  • Jochem de Bresser wins Christiaan Huygens Science Award for Mathematics Oct 09, 2017

    On 9 October 2017, Jochem de Bresser received the Christiaan Huygens Science Award for his PhD research in 2013. ‘His doctoral thesis, which focused on expectations and goals associated with pensions, is extremely valuable both for scholarship and society,’ according to jury chairperson Jan Kiviet.

  • Jan Willem Duyvendak new director of NIAS Oct 06, 2017

    Jan Willem Duyvendak will become the new director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) on 1 January 2018. Duyvendak will combine his work as Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam with his new position. He succeeds Theo Mulder, who has served as the interim director of NIAS since 1 January 2017.

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