Weekly Overview: Seeers of Science

Why we make this weekly look:

In our weekly Sunday view, we as editors look back at the past seven days. We do it on our cartoonist’s cross Albert Jean Rasker. He picks a topic, draws a sketch and we take it from there. What were we talking about in the opening? What other topics caught our attention? How do we actually work in innovation assets? Anything can pass. Would you like to receive this newsletter directly in your inbox every Sunday morning? You can register here.

You have clairvoyants and you have scholars, any sane person knows that they are two separate worlds. But what if science had predictive values? Then the distinction becomes more difficult, noted Albert Jan, who chose this article on the Flemish start-up Immunewatch as the most eye-catching of the week. The cartoons he made express exactly that feeling.

Read the article for yourself, which really shows that an insight into the workings of our T cells can tell us a lot about the choices we make as humans for our future well-being. For Immunewatch, this mainly involves predicting immune responses, but knowing T cells can lead to much nicer things, as we’ve already described in dozens of articles. All in the context of our recurring mission to be “a sneak peek into the future”.

To better explain this for each article, we started an experiment: since last week you will see text above most of our articles with an answer to the question “Why are we writing on this topic?” On the other hand, it is a way for our reporters to show the deeper relevance of the topic in question, but at the same time it is also a consistent and transparent account for our readers. Whether he actually achieves that goal, we may see in the coming weeks. I’m curious what you think now. please let me know.

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What also stood

If you want to read everything from last week, click here. These were the pieces that stood out to me the most:

The career of food expert and university lecturer Alie de Boer is all about getting honest information about healthy and sustainable food. Patience killed her brother. “Every consumer should be able to make their own assessment.” But for that you have to have the right information, she says in this interview.

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany are working on different methods for extracting green hydrogen from organic waste. Impressive and optimistic.

Shipping is one of the major pollutants in the world. But electricity is complicated. However, electric vessels can contribute to the cleanliness of the charge. Jelle Meindertsma of EST-Floattech explains the options.

Finally, a tip: be sure to follow our series of articles on temperatures in Dutch cities. We already have six episodes, and there are at least four more. While the official temperature according to KNMI is around 32 degrees, it can easily reach 50 degrees in many places in our country. Heat stress!

I wish you a happy one everyone!

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