Plastics are everywhere, we can’t imagine a life without it anymore. Although plastics can be very convenient, they are causing huge problems for our ecosystem and maybe even our health. The management of our plastic waste seems an impossible task. According to a rapport released by the CPB in 2017, the separation of plastic waste […]
Nuclear energy has always been a particularly controversial subject. Some believe it is the holy grail of sustainable energy, with low emission and high efficiency, while others argue that the possible dangers of nuclear disaster can and should not be overlooked. What is the current status in nuclear energy policies? What should and shouldn’t we […]
In October 2008, a John or Jane Doe published a paper that would go on to change the world: “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”. It described, for the first time ever, a completely decentralised currency using a technique later coined as “blockchain”. The idea has since then spiraled out of control, resulting in a […]
Lab-grown meat on our plates is something many of us cannot wait for. Because of the detriments to our environment, the suffering of animals, health and other reasons, many people have given up meat. Yet many of them did so with pain in their heart, for meat is loved by even those who choose to […]
In the January edition of the BètaBreak we will discuss the effect that music has on our brain and, specifically, if there is such a thing as ‘study music’. These days, we see more and more headings in the media making statements such as ‘students perform better when they listen to the right type of […]
The end of the year draws nearer and nearer, including the battle to claim the title of Best Beta study association. Reigning champions are the NSA, whilst VIA lost for the second time in a row at the last question. Which association can claim the coveted cup and the dinner at Café-Restaurant POLDER this year?
The oceans are strongly dynamic and complex systems which cover the vast majority of our planet (>70%!). Our oceans are impressively diverse and essential for life to exist on earth. However, human behavior has slowly but strongly been affecting them, and over the past few decades we started seeing the consequences of our actions. Scientists […]
<<<English follows Dutch>>> Psychedelica als therapievorm voor verschillende ziektes en aandoeningen klinkt misschien absurd, maar blijkt wellicht een realiteit. Na een lange stop in psychedelisch onderzoek worden er tegenwoordig talloze onderzoeken gepubliceerd over de effecten en mogelijke toepassing van psychedelica. Zoals bijvoorbeeld het potentieel kunnen behandelen van alcoholverslaving, depressies en dwangstoornissen met een psychedelische therapie. […]