Utrecht University was founded in 1636 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Utrecht University is the largest university in the Netherlands, rated the ninth best university in Europe and 47th best university world-wide according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The university is comprised of seven academic faculties including but not limited to, Faculty of Geosciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. Currently, there are approximately 29,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Utrecht University is consistently rated high in academic standards, professorial research excellence and student quality.

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La Vuelta air not always healthy

The Netherlands is preparing for La Vuelta Holanda which starts on Friday 19 August. How clean is the air in the places that the peloton is visiting? Researchers from Utrecht University have mapped the annual average air ...

Tons of nanoplastic are floating in the Wadden Sea

About 20 tons of polystyrene and another 5 tons of PET is floating in the Wadden Sea, in the form of invisible nano and micro particles. That's the figure UU and NIOZ researchers calculate this month in the journal Science ...

Research will use a fictitious MDMA store in Utrecht

Imagine this: the Dutch government regulates MDMA. What would sales then look like? Should you be able to buy pills everywhere, or only on prescription? In the MDMA store, a public experiment by drug museum Poppi in collaboration ...

Cortisol in shelter dog hair shows signs of stress

Despite the good care, a shelter can be a stressful environment for dogs. Researchers at Utrecht University investigated if the amount of the hormone cortisol in hair indicates the levels of stress that dogs experience before, ...

Polar ice contaminated with nanoplastics

Decades-old polar ice contains significant amounts of nanoscale plastic particles. Studying ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica, an international team of scientists have identified several types of nanoplastic particles, ...

Deadly bacteria found in large group of stranded porpoises

Last summer, some 190 dead porpoises washed ashore on the Dutch Wadden Sea Islands within just ten days. A remarkably high number, considering the annual average of about 600 stranded porpoises on the entire Dutch coast. ...

Climate change tipping points may be too simple a concept

We regularly hear warnings that climate change may lead to 'tipping points': irreversible situations where savanna can quickly change into desert, or the warm gulf stream current can simply stop flowing. These cautions often ...

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