Your brain on dancing

Specific areas of the brain contribute to dance learning and performance. These are the motor cortex, somatosensory cortex, basal ganglia, and cerebellum.

Physical and expressive elements of dance alter brain function. Some benefits include memory improvement and strengthened neuronal connections.

Read more about dancing and the brain here.

If you want to know more about the benefits of dancing on the cognitive functions, read this article.

Elasticity, an interesting physics principle

Elasticity is the property of solid materials to return to their original shape and size after the forces deforming them have been removed.

It is an interesting property as many materials display it and it can be applied to create shape-memory polymers which can find many biological applications. Read more about such materials here!

More interested in the physics of elasticity? Click here!

The science of creativity

Ever wondered how people can be creative? It might sound incredible, but creativity becomes an habit and it can be trained as other skills!

These 4 things could help you:

  1. Capture new ideas
  2. Seek challenging tasks
  3. Broaden your knowledge
  4. Surround yourself with interesting things and people.

Curious to know more? Read this article.

Buzz your booze! Cocktails with Science

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In February 2017, our blogger Carmen (together with her project collaborators) organised an outreach event titled “Buzz your booze! Cocktails with Science” in Pangaea, an intercultural center in Leuven (Belgium). During the night they scientists used the principles of molecular mixology to explain simple scientific concepts (viscosity, polymer chemistry, hydrogel formation) and create unique drinks that people could taste at the end of the talk. This event was also founded by the European project ISSFLOW, in which Carmen is working.

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ISSFLOW Little Scientists

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In November 2016, our blogger Carmen (together with her project collaborators) organised a workshop for the children of the International School of Leuven. This workshop was titled “ISSFLOW Little Scientists” as founded by the European Project ISSFLOW, for which Carmen is working.

During this event the children had the chance to try hands-on chemical experiments on polymers, formulations density and hydrogels.

 

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