Amsterdam Science Now: empathic brains & debunking jet theories
In cooperation with the Faculty of Science and Amsterdam Science Magazine
Are you interested in science and wondering what makes scientist in Amsterdam tick? Amsterdam Science Now gives the stage to three contributors to the ninth issue of Amsterdam Science Magazine.
In I feel you, therefore I help you, Selene Gallo discusses her research on our willingness to help others, when specific areas of our brains our stimulated.
Using new telescope technology, Jakob van Eijnden was able to observe neutron stars that emit jets: powerful bursts of gas. The improved means for observing different types of stars producing jets allowed his team to debunk established theories – now it’s back to the drawing board on how exactly jets work, but with a better understanding of how they don’t work.
How is it possible that sand particles from the Sahara Desert are transported all the way across the Atlantic Ocean? And what is the effect of these particles on, for instance, our climate? That is the topic of the final speaker of the evening, Jan-Berend Stuur.
About the speakers
Selene Gallois PhD student in the Social Brain Group at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN).
Jakob van Eijndenis PhD student at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy, UvA.
Jan-Berend Stuutis associate professor at the department of Earth Sciences at the VU University and a senior scientist at NIOZ (The Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research).
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