Science The Netherlands

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  • The Academic Medical Centre
    Nevil Gray reports on the recently opened AMC, the University of Amsterdam’s teaching hospital. At the time, it was the biggest building in Europe and replaced two old hospitals in the city …
  • Concentration Camp Syndrome
    Dutch psychiatrist Jan Bastiaans identified this syndrome and development a treatment for it (sometimes using LSD) which was highly controversial but effective. It not only applies to victims of …
  • 1st edition of Research File
    “In this weekly programme, we’ll be covering science as it really is, including some of the problems scientists are facing to keep their programmes sufficiently funded. We’ll be …
  • Research File: the Prince and the panda
    Anne Blair Gould traces the history of the international conservation movement, which resulted in the setting up of the Worldwide Fund for Nature. The founder-president was His Royal Highness Prince …
  • Robert Swan
    Research File – Polar explorer Robert Swan
    Anne Blair Gould meets Robert Swan, the first man to walk to both the North and the South Pole. Apart from a leading Pole explorer, Swan is also deeply committed to the future of the planet.  In …
  • Research File Special on the Dolfinarium
    Did you know that walruses whistle, and that rays are basically flattened sharks? Find out more as Anne Blair-Gould revisits the Dutch marine animal park at Hardewijk Dolfinarium. It has the …
  • Research File Special: the Mauna Kea telescopes and the 1991 Solar Eclipse
    On the eve of the total eclipse of the sun on July 11th, 1991 our reporter Nina Morgan describes the preparations made for this event at one of the world’s best observatories, the Mauna Kea …
  • Research File Special: Virtual Reality
    Virtual Reality is now a household term and has been used in science and technology since the 1950’s. But when this programme was made, virtual reality was just becoming accessible to consumers …
  • Research File Special: 150th anniversary of the Delft University of Technology
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  • Research File Special: 100 years of psychology in the Netherlands
    In the modern age almost every facet of our lives is affected by the findings of the science of psychology: business and politics, the work floor, education, traffic safety, fashion design, etc. Yet …
  • Research File: featuring Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”
    In this edition of our weekly science magazine Research File, our special guest is Douglas Adams (1953-2001), author of the science fiction comedy series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the …
  • Research File special on electric cars
    Jonathan Groubert explores the early days of electric cars. Considering the efforts already being made when this programme was made in 1993, why aren’t our streets already swarming with …
  • Research File special on left-handedness
    As every left-hander knows, the world is set up for the convenience and safety of right-handers, and all sorts of sinister and guache associations are linked to the use of our southpaw. Ninety …
  • Research File Special: the 1992 Rio Earth Summit- One Year Later
    Protection of the Earth’s environment may well be the greatest challenge facing humanity in this century, and not a day goes by without a mention of it in the media somewhere. Important goals …
  • Four Macronarian Sauropods (© Wikipedia)
    Research File: About dinosaurs
    How long have we known about dinosaurs? And what new wonderful discoveries are we still making about these intriguing creatures, who appeared over 200 million years ago and then suddenly vanished …
  • Research File Special on nuclear fusion and fission
    At the very latest after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster in Ukraine in 1986, the broad public was thoroughly aware of the unsustainability and long-term dangers to life of energy from nuclear …
  • Research File Special: Condoms
    The use of condoms not only helps to prevent unplanned pregnancy but also can prevent sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhoe, herpes and HIV. Yet condoms have a reputation for being …
  • Sad Music can make us cry (© Flickr/aj Speight)
    Research File: Music and emotion/”The Animals of Farthing Wood”/ Virtual Reality and Molecular modelling
    In this edition of our weekly science magazine Research File, we speak with Dr. John Sloboda, professor of psychology at Kew University, about his research into why certain features of music– …
  • Research File special: Life after death and near-death experiences from a scientific point of view
    In this edition of our weekly science magazine Research File, we speak with two scientists who have studied what might really be happening when we die, or at least are brain dead: Dr. Susan …
  • Research File Special: Homeopathy and Acupuncture
    Alternative medicine has been gaining ground over established medical practice. Rather than go to a physician, hundred of thousands of patients turn to treatments that they believe are more natural …
  • Research File: Saba and Sint Maarten
    Anne Blair-Gould visits two of the six Caribbean islands that make up the Netherlands Antilles. Saba is tiny, rocky, and made up of sheer volcanic cliffs that drop straight into the sea on all sides. …
  • Research File on bonobos
    Bonobos, known for years as “pygmy chimpanzees”, are now recognised to be a separate species of primate, and one of our most intriguing close relatives. They are particularly loved for a …
  • Statistics
    This edition of our weekly science magazine “Research File” focuses on Statistics. As Mark Twain famously pointed out: “There are lies, there are damn lies, and then there are …
  • Research File: Christiaan Huygens
    This special edition of our science program , Research File, is devoted to the achievements of Dutch 17th- century mathematician and physicist Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695). Huygens’ …
  • Arend Jan Dunning
    Robert Chesal talks to Arend Jan Dunning, cardiologist and prolific writer about medicine and society, medical history, ethics, science and religion, art, theology and about his extensive travels. …
  • The birthing room
    Midwives were often older mothers who used their knowledge to hep others deliver their babies safely at home. But through the years, their position has taken over by doctors and hospital staff. …
  • Alternatives to animal experiments
    Experiments that involve animals often evoke strong emotions. So any solution that does not involve the hapless creates must be welcomed. Right? Unfortunately, it’s far more complicated than …
  • Research File – Edition 2
    In this edition, the Netherlands expects to produce 10% of its energy from wind energy. The programme examines how the world nearly hunted whales to extinction, and why the current moratorium on …
  • Research File: Chernobyl
    In this edition of the programme: Two years after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Research File attends A conference in Washington reviewing the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident and how the world …
  • Research File: The Biomedical Primate Research Centre in Rijswijk
    The Research File visits the BPRC in Rijswijk. At the centre, there are 1500 apes and monkeys, which are used to test new vaccines for malaria and AIDS. Some say that this is cruel. Others argue that …
  • Dinosaurs: Tracing their Tracks
    In this special edition of our weekly science magazine “Research File”, Liesbeth de Bakker attended the 1998 annual science festival of the British Association for the Advancement of …
  • Dinosaurs: Tracing their Tracks
    For this special edition of our weekly science magazine “Research File”, Liesbeth de Bakker attended the 1998 annual science festival of the British Association for the Advancement …
  • Research File Special on Alzheimer’s disease
    Some 50 million people around the world now suffer from the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease, a degeneration of the brain’s functions that occurs mostly among elderly people. So as the world …
  • Sun
    Research File – Portrait of the sun
    International experts explain how over the ages our perception of our nearest star have changed.  Producer: Laura Durnford Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to …
  • The Sun Programmes
    A two-part series on the sun. In part one, a personal view of the August 1999 total eclipse of the sun by Laura Durnford. In part two, a portrait of the sun, our nearest star. Share this:Click to …
  • DNA
    DNA – The essence of life
    Liesbeth de Bakker investigates the possible impact of the unraveling of the exact coe of our DNA. Can we really weed out bad genes, and do we really want to? Are human beings really defined only by …
  • Eclipse Journal: the total solar eclipse of August 1999
    A total eclipse of the sun was seen in England on August 11, 1999. Our science editor Laura Durnford, a native of Cornwall, went home to witness this unique event, when the moon passes between the …
  • Pulling the Plug on Pox
    Smallpox is regarded as one of the most consequential of all the pestilential diseases that have plagued humanity for the past ten thousand years. One in three could die from it during an epidemic, …
  • Research File: AIDS in perspective
    In this edition of the programme, Anne Blair Gould takes stock of what has been happening since HIV was identified as the cause of AIDS in 1984: what’s been achieved so far, what has failed and …
  • Ice
    Research File – Ice through the ages
    When we enjoy a cold drink on a hot summer’s day, we don’t realise that the phenomenon of coldness itself was the subject of scientific scrutiny or that this clear cold crystal was once …
  • Lorentz: the Grand Old Man of Physics
    Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853-1928) was the second Dutchman to win a Nobel Prize, his award was in theoretical physics. Albert Einstein worshipped him as a father figure and he was well respected by …
  • The angst behind our urban myths
    Now if you live in the Far North and you think you’ve spotted a polar bear rummaging through your trash, or a moose wandering around your backyard, or even in the Alps, if you think you see a …
  • The Science Art of Dr. Sylvius
    In the mid-17th century, Dr. Franciscus Sylvius was a professor of Medicine at Holland’s first and most famous university. The Faculty at Leiden paid double the normal salary to entice the famous …
  • Prof. Dr. H. B. G. Casimir , lid Raad van Bestuur *29 oktober 1958
    Research File – Impact of war on scientific research
    Gareth Mitchell investigates the impact of war on scientific research which changes life in the postwar years. Radar, nuclear weapons/energy, psychology (shell shock), new anti-malaria drugs, radar …
  • Climate Change and Human Health
    This Research File Special is all about Global Warming and how it will affect the health of people all around the planet. It coincides with this year’s UN Climate Change Conference in The Hague. The …
  • Research File: Lyme disease
    Anne Blair Gould explains what Lyme disease is, what auses it, how it manifests itself, what is is so diffiult to diagnose. We hear the story of two suffers – Radio Netherlands’ producers …
  • The Discovery and re-discovery of Eugène Dubois
    Eugène Dubois was a Dutch doctor and anatomist whose ambition was to prove that evolution was not just a theory. He wanted to find fossils from an extinct creature that was the intermediate in form …
  • Research File: The Mosasaur
    Anne Blair Gould visits a quarry near Maastricht were in 1998 a skeleton was found of a Mosasaur, dating from the Maastrichtian, a geological period stretching from around 71-65 million years ago. A …
  • Research File: Microbes in the home
    Microbes are a major source of diseases: from colds, diarrhoeae and respiratory infections to salmonella. And most of thesse we pick up in the home. As Anne Blair Gould heard from one of her guests, …
  • Research File: Stichting Aap
    Anne Blair Gould visits Sitchting Aap in Almere. The rescue centre offers a (temporary) home to animals confiscated from airport customs, science labs and private homes. The animals range from …
  • Professor Jan Van Hooff at a conference in The Hague in 2014
    Dutch Profiles: Primatologist Professor Jan van Hooff
    Born in 1936, Jan van Hooff’s childhood predestined him to become a famous animal behavourist. After all, his parents were the directors of Burghers Zoo in Arnhem, and this is where he grew up. …
  • Research File: Polio and the eradication of disease
    When this programme was made in 2000, the world celebrated the 20th anniversary of the global eradication of the dreaded smallpox disease. Encouraged by this tremendous achievement, a global campaign …
  • Chernobyl in 2001: Fifteen Years after the Nuclear Catastrophe
    In this programme, Liesbeth de Bakker investigates what has become of those who were affected by the worst ever nuclear accident. Many people have been unable to return home as their land is still …
  • Research File Special: Foot and Mouth Disease
    In this special, Anne Blair Gould tries to find answers to some pertinent questions. How did the latest outbreak start in Britain, where did it come from, how to best combt it, what do we know about …
  • Chris Chambers meets Dr. Frans Vera
    In this unedited interview for Talking it Over, Chris Chambers meets the controversial ecologist and conservationist Dr. Frans Vera. He talks extensively about Holland’s man-made nature. Vera …
  • Assassin Bug, mole cricket, Emperor gum moth, and a European wasp
    Insects: in Film, in Art, in Medicine and Magic
    Insects in Film, Insects in Art, Insects in Medicine, Insects in Magic – you name it and insects have been in it! Add together all the dragonflies and honey-bees, beetles and butterflies, locusts and …
  • Research File: science and crime
    In the fourth programme of the series Science and Society, Laura Durnford investigates to what extent science and technology are helping us to fight crime. And do criminals make use of these …
  • Research File: science and religion
    Dan Falk examines the relationship between science and religion. Just think of the fate of people like Copernicus and Galileo whose discoveries clashed with the biblical version of creation or …
  • Research File: science and food
    In part two of Science and Society, Anne Blair Gould examines the relationship between science and food. From food safety, how to make our food richer in micronutrients (essential to our diet), …
  • Research File: porpoises and walruses
    Anne Blair Gould goes on location to talk to Dutch researchers who are testing the hearing abilities of dolphins and porpoises. This information should result in an alarm system that would warn …
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    There’s a medical condition that can cause a huge range of problems – for example, brain damage, physical abnormalities of the face and heart, problems with behavior, vision and the immune …
  • Learning Languages
    Why is it that adults have such a tough time learning a new foreign language, while children and even babies put the rest of us to shame and learn fluency in no time. What can scientists learn from …
  • Wide Angle: Dutch agriculture in crisis?
    Some say it is a call for change. But which change? All critics seem to agree that Holland can’t sustain its position as a major food exporter. Animal welfare must be strengthened. The …
  • Wide Angle: Plant biotechnology in the Netherlands
    In the 1980’s and the early 1990’s, Holland had a leading position in this field in Europe. That’s gone now. Why? Liesbeth de Bakker talks to experts, politicians and industry …
  • Research File Special: The Arctic
    The 2002 Arctic Science Summit Week held at the university of Groningen in the northeast of the Netherlands. The main focus of the summit: the interaction between the Arctic and the earth’s …
  • Research File: Teylers Museum
    Anne Blair Gould tours the world of 18th and 19th century science and art in Holland’s oldest museum (1780): the Teylers Museum in Haarlem. It houses a fascinating collection of early …
  • Research File special: Diemerpark days
    A series of visits to a site that’s being transformed by special engineering and technology into a ‘wild’ city park for thousands of people – after a long history as a …
  • Research File: Malaria research in the Netherlands
    The Netherlands specialises in working towards a vaccine against one specific stage in the malaria parasite’s complex life cycle. We discuss the issues and discoveries and drop in on a unique …
  • Research File: Botulin toxin
      In this Research File special, Liesbeth de Bakker looks at the surprising applications (and future possibilities) of a poison that is best known for causing botulism. But apart from the …
  • Aletta Jacobs: For the sake of the common good
    Laura Durnford examines the life and work of Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929). She was born in the middle of the 19th century, became the first woman to go the university (in 1871!), became a medical doctor …
  • Research File: Hand transplants
      In this updated version of the programme, which was first broadcast on December 18, 2000, Laura Durnford looks at the progress being made in hand transplants. The programme examines the …
  • Abruzzo National Park
    The sheer size and beauty of mountains never ceases to provoke feelings of awe, humility and wonder. But mountains are also important water towers and natural habitats for peoples, plants and …
  • Research File: science and sport
    In the fifth part of science and society, Liesbeth de Bakker examines the influence science has had on sports. At one time, talent was the main determing factor in performance. As sport became more …
  • Research File: hot stuff with cool atoms
    Laura Durnford investigates the weird and wonderful world of a new type of matter. It is called Bose-Einstein-Condensate and is very different from the solid, liquid and gaseous states of matter …
  • Banking the Genes: Preserving the genetic information about our plants
     Many of the crops we ate just a century ago have disappeared from the face of the earth. Scientists are responding to the threat of further genetic erosion by storing seed samples of threatened …
  • Skaftafell: Where Fire and Ice Meet
    The sheer size and beauty of mountains never ceases to provoke feelings of awe, humility and wonder. But mountains are also important water towers and natural habitats for peoples, plants and …
  • Research File: Antiobiotic resistance
    In our efforts to fight disease we have inadvertently created new strains of bacteria that are immune to our entire arsenal of antibiotics. MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), for …
  • Research File special: A Science of Fireworks special
    – Getting rid of the smoke and the polluting elements in fireworks: Dr. Jos. Mul, TNO Prins Maurits Laboratory, Head of the Department of Pyrotechnics and Energetic Materials, Rijswijk, …
  • The Janus Gift: Manic Depression and Creativity
    A person with bipolar disorder, or manic depression, typically can experience mood swings between extreme happiness and the deepest hell. This thoroughly treatable condition is the subject of a …
  • Short Circuit: the Mental Landscape of Synesthetes
    This edition of Sound Fountain is one of a series called “Stigma” on various forms of mental phenomena that we tend not to speak about often or candidly. One such mental quirk, …
  • Iceland be Damned
    In the chilly highlands of Iceland, construction is under way. Roads are being made to serve a new hydro-electric power plant, which doesn’t yet exist. If it’s built, this will be about the largest …
  • Research File Special: gender and sex in the animal kingdom
    – Gender as a form of strategy: interview about animals who can choose or change their own gender or the gender or their offspring to improve their chances of survival; – The nose of sex: …
  • Research File: Interactions in the Microbial World
    Anne Blair Gould reports from the RAI on the 9th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, attended by 1700 microbe ecologists. She meets a host of Dutch and foreign experts who explain the …
  • Searching for Sibylla: the life of Maria Sibylla Merian
    For her time, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) was a modern, daring, scandalous, divorced woman who lived in a cloister and at age 52 went off to Dutch Suriname to fulfill her calling as a painter …
  • Walking the Black Dog: Depression
    In the early 17th century, Robert Burton’s exhaustive study “The Anatomy of Melancholy” was an immediate best-seller. Nearly four hundred years later, Andrew Solomon included Burton in his own …
  • Tour de Goose: Migratory Birds in the Netherlands
    Every year the Netherlands is the favorite stopover of millions of migrating birds, including one-and-a-half million geese. It’s all about location, location, location. The Netherlands has the …
  • Musica Humana
    This is about a Danish research project called ‘MUSICA HUMANA’ which involves music specially composed to relax nervous patients, calm busy nurses and bring deeply anaesthetised patients back to …
  • Research File special: André Kuipers, the second Dutch man in space
    André Kuipers: Dutch ESA astronaut, Noordwijk, Netherlands Ron Huijser, Project leader, Dutch Space, Leiden, Netherlands Garmt Grommers, Project leader, Dutch Space, Leiden, Netherlands Alexander …
  • Research File: automated trucks, bubbles in the bloodstream, a real Vermeer?, twins and genetics, noiseless freight trains
      ACT’s – Automatically Controlled Trucks Interview with Dr. Mesut Tabibi of Delft TU on automated trucks and how they can help fight traffic congestion Bubbles in the blood Tiny …
  • Research File: The Dutch pill
    Laura Durnford examines the relationship between the Netherlands and the oral contraceptive pill (Organon was pioneer in this field)4 0 years after its introduction. Apart from talking to the experts …
  • Releasing the River: Restoring the Rhythms of the Zambian Wetlands
    Imagine an African landscape nearly half the size of the Netherlands; antelopes and zebra grazing a huge, flat wetland full of storks, cranes and wading birds. This is the Kafue Flats of Zambia …
  • 100 Years of Nature Conservation in the Netherlands
    In this edition of our weekly magazine on developments in this country, Dutch Horizons, science editor Anne Blair Gould looks at the 100th anniversary of Natuurmonumenten, the Dutch Society for the …
  • Italian friends having a good laugh in Florence in 1982
    Humour and healing
    We know humour is good for our health, but why is this so? What is the science behind the healing that comes from a good laugh? This is one of the questions science editor Anne Blair Gould tries to …
  • Chinese giant salamander
    Research File – Zoos and research
      Apart from being fun places to visit, zoos are also places were research is being carried out. In Rotterdam Zoo, they are trying to bred giant Chinese salamanders. In the same Zoo’s …
  • Dutch Profiles: Govert Schilling
    Govert Schilling is a familiar name on Dutch talk shows and bestselling books about astronomy. He has written dozens of books on space and the stars and has received several awards for popularizing …
  • Dutch Astronaut André Kuipers – a two-part interview
    Part One: Part Two: In this 52-minute interview, science editor Anne Blair Gould speaks with André Kuipers, who in 2004 became the second Dutchman to travel into space. Kuipers talks about his …
  • Lyme Disease: An ode to health and ignorance
    In this documen, we present personal stories from people who suffer from Lyme disease, a painful and exasperating ailment caused by the bite of the common deer tick, the difficulties and ignorant …