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Algal bloom near the coast of Ostend, detected by the European satellite Sentinel 2. (Photo: ESA)
06/07/2017

Algal Bloom Along Belgian Coast Detected From Space

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Kelle Moreau

In May 2016, scientists observed an intense algal bloom very close to the Belgian coast. They managed this by using the European satellite Sentinel-2. This satellite can help monitor areas that are unreachable for a research vessel.

Biologists Sophie Gryseels, Herwig Leirs and Erik Verheyen will investigate the cause of the 2017 Ebola outbreak in northern Congo (Photo: University of Antwerp)
27/06/2017

Belgian Researchers Join Investigation Into Cause of Ebola Outbreak in Congo

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Reinout Verbeke

A small-scale Ebola epidemic broke out in northern Congo in May was contained relatively quickly.

Bronze statuette intended to contain a mummified cat (Ptolemaic period, 332–30 B.C.) (photo: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1956)
19/06/2017

Domestication of the cat: ancient DNA reveals significant role of the Near East and Egypt

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Reinout Verbeke

DNA found at archaeological sites reveals that the origins of our domestic cat are in the Near East and ancient Egypt. Cats were domesticated by the first farmers some 10,000 years ago. They later spread across Europe and other parts of the world via trade hub Egypt.

Two Mystacodon selenensis individuals diving down to catch eagle rays along the seafloor of a shallow cove off the coast of present-day Peru. CREDIT Alberto Gennari.
11/05/2017

Baleen Whales’ Ancestors Were Toothy Suction Feeders

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Reinout Verbeke

Modern whales’ ancestors probably hunted and chased down prey, but somehow, those fish-eating hunters evolved into filter-feeding leviathans.

An adult Falcon nourishing the three chicks (photo: RBINS)
06/04/2017

Falcons for Everyone 2017: Live Streaming of 3 Nests

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Reinout Verbeke

Falcons for Everyone is back and bigger than ever! This spring, you can live stream the daily life of 3 falcon families in Brussels, from the hatching of the eggs to the first flight of the young falcons.

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