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.

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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 Luca, Koen, Latchmi, Joana and Rocio) organised an outreach event titled “Buzz your booze! Cocktails with Science” in Pangaea, an intercultural center in Leuven (Belgium). During the night the 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 Koen and Joana) organised a workshop for the children of the International School of Leuven. This workshop was titled “ISSFLOW Little Scientists” and it was 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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Medway Postgraduate Research Cafe’

LogoFrom May 2015 to December 2015, our bloggers Carmen and Evelina (together with their colleagues Stefania and Filip), organised the Medway Postgraduate Research Cafe’ for the University of Kent at Medway Campus (United Kingdom).

The Postgraduate Research Cafe’ is a series of research meetings open to everyone that is still going on at Medway Campus. Each café features two 20 minute talks from postgraduate researchers from different disciplines, with a chance for questions, debate and networking over tea and coffee. This relaxed event aims to bring postgraduates together, foster cross-disciplinary networks, and provide a supportive context for research discussion.

 

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we are pleased to announce that we received a micro grant from the Marie Curie Alumni Association to renew and maintain our website.

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