Improving catalysis through nanoconcentrator systems

A group of scientists at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has developed a new approach in enhancing catalytic performance. In the current issue of Nature Chemistry they present functionalised, self-assembled nanospheres ...

Spoiler alert: Story spoilers can hurt entertainment

While many rabid fans may have scratched their heads when a 2011 study showed that spoilers could improve story enjoyment, a recent experiment, conducted by researchers Benjamin Johnson (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and ...

Cleaning up the precious metals industry

UvA researchers have discovered a new material that can catalyse the decomposition of cyanide ions in process waste streams. The catalyst has been patented and attracts interest from industry. Germany's oldest gold and silver ...

Diamonds grow like trees, but over millions of years

Diamonds consist of highly compressed carbon atoms and develop deep underground at relatively high pressures and temperatures of over 1000 degrees Celsius. Earth scientists from VU University Amsterdam show that diamonds ...

Physicists publish solution to the quantum measurement problem

(Phys.org) —Quantum mechanics is a highly successful theory, but its interpretation has still not been settled. In their recent opus magnum, Theo Nieuwenhuizen (Institute of Physics, UvA) and colleagues claim to have found ...

Punishment promotes human cooperation when people trust each other

(Phys.org) —Why does the effectiveness of punishment to promote contributions to public goods differ among countries? According to psychologists Daniel Balliet and Paul van Lange at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, ...

Information transmission a good predictor of credit crisis

The recent credit crisis was preceded by a sharp increase in the transmission of information in the largest derivatives market. Such transmissions can therefore serve as indicators for the instability of the market. A team ...

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