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The model of the Canopy glider in the Throne Room.  (photo: Isabelle Du Four - RBINS)
20/07/2017

High Flying Research in The Royal Palace!

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Jonas Van Boxel

Two of our research projects – the Peregrine falcons from Falcons for Everyone and the spectacular ant studies with balloons in the canopy of the rainforest – are on display in the beautiful Throne Room of the Brussels Royal Palace.

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.

Myotis (CC Manuel Ruedi)
09/06/2017

Belgian Discovery: Popular Bat Genus Is Millions of Years Older Than Thought

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Jonas Van Boxel

Our palaeontologists have found the oldest fossil of the extant bat genus Myotis (mouse-eared bat). This proves that the widespread genus has existed at least 7 million years earlier than previously assumed.

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