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VUB geologists create new toolkit to study the consequences of meteorite impact

What exactly happens during and immediately after the impact of a meteorite? That was the question posed by a team of geologists from the research group Archaeology, Environmental Changes & Geo-Chemistry (AMGC) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The Chicxulub crater in Mexico is best known because of the extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago.

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BlackGEM telescope array at the La Silla Observatory in Chile officially opened

Dutch Minister of Science, Robbert Dijkgraaf, has officially opened the BlackGEM array of telescopes at ESO's La Silla Observatory. BlackGEM consists of three optical telescopes that will look for flashes of light from merging black holes and neutron stars. BlackGEM was developed and built by a Dutch/Flemish consortium led by NOVA and Radboud University, with KU Leuven as the main international partner.

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James Webb Space Telescoop detects water vapour, sulfur dioxide and sand clouds in the atmosphere of a nearby exoplanet

A team of European astronomers, co-led by researchers from the Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven, used recent observations made with the James Webb Space Telescope to study the atmosphere of the nearby exoplanet WASP-107b. Peering deep into the fluffy atmosphere of WASP-107b they discovered not only water vapour and sulfur dioxide, but even silicate sand clouds. These particles reside within a dynamic atmosphere that exhibits vigorous transport of material. The results of the study appeared today in the prestigious journal Nature.

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Maaike Goris first recipient of a FWO – Demoucelle Charity Aspirantenmandaat

Maaike Goris has been selected as the first recipient of a Belgian PhD Fellowship focused on Parkinson’s research. The Fellowship aims to encourage more researchers at the start of their career to become interested in Parkinson’s disease with a view to increasing the scientific activity focused on this fast-growing neurodegenerative condition.

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