In some buildings it’s easier to find your way than in others, and that’s not just a matter of following signs. The architectural structure of a building -how hallways and doors connect spaces- plays an important part in this, especially in stressful situations. Next week, Qunli Chen from China will receive his doctorate degree at Design Systems of the Department of Built Environment for his dissertation on the subject.
Ten TU/e students will be participating in the iGEM competition. As a group they’ve manipulated yeast cells to form a luminous image, a find with which they hope to outdo the international competition at the synthetic biology contest organized by MIT University. Competitors for the Genetically Engineered Machine Competition have to create a biological system and assimilate that into live cells. Preliminaries for European and African hopefuls will be held in Amsterdam on October 5, 6 and 7. Winners will be participating in the global competition in Boston on November 2, 3 and 4.
The European Research Council (ERC) will be awarding nearly 800 million euros in research grants, divided among hundreds of young top scientists. The Netherlands are doing a good job with 51 of these starting grants. TU/e will ‘only’ be receiving two. Dr. Yves Bellouard of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and dr. Patricia Dankers of the Department of Biomedical Engineering were awarded the grants.
Last week, eleven students started on the new Master’s program Regenerative Medicine and Technology. The two-year program focuses on technological knowledge to promote tissue repair by the body itself, and is a result of a collaboration between TU/e, Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht.
Creating an artificial organism from human cells: it sounds like science fiction. Still, newspaper de Volkskrant claims that thanks to a recent US find, we might be one step closer to just that. Last week, Nature Materials published a Harvard University study describing how researchers have managed to grow heart cells. So far, the electrodes only measure signals coming from the heart cells, but in the future those cells should be able to be controlled. For how much longer will electrically controlling an organ or even an organism remain science fiction?
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TU/e has made a considerable leap in the prestigious international Times Higher Education World University Rankings that focus on the subject areas Engineering & Technology and Computer Science. TU/e belongs to the fifteen and eighteen best European universities on these subjects respectively. The THE ranking forms an important yardstick for government departments, policymakers and international students.
This morning in the village of Gemert in the province of Brabant a 3D-printed cycle bridge was opened. It was printed this summer in TU/e's Pieter van Musschenbroek Laboratory. This is the world's first ever 3D-printed bridge to be part of regular infrastructure. Another novelty is that the makers have succeeded in printing the bridge's reinforcements, steel cables.
Tales of the acoustics at the 2300 year-old Greek theater of Epidaurus tend to be told in terms of superlatives. Not actually justified, according to measurements taken by researchers from TU/e. They are the first to detail the acoustics of three ancient theaters, with over ten thousand measurements, which confirms that when actors speak very loudly, they can be understood perfectly well right up to the back row. However, the tearing of a piece of paper or a whisper is only audible up to about halfway up, in contradiction to the many claims.