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Hepatitis B virus
08/10/2021

10,000 years of Hepatitis B virus evolution

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Reinout Verbeke

A new study traces the evolution of the hepatitis B virus from prehistory to the present, revealing dissemination routes and changes in viral diversity.

Winnaars van de Palaeontologica Belgica Awards en de Louis De Pauw Awards.
04/10/2021

RBINS palaeontologists win awards

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Reinout Verbeke

Two of our palaeontologists and one of our citizen scientists have received an award for their contribution to palaeontology.

The measurements for CurieuzenAir are taken next to the entrance of the Museum of Natural Sciences. (Image: RBINS)
28/09/2021

CurieuzenAir – RBINS as citizen scientist

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Kelle Moreau

Anyone who lives, works or plays sport in Brussels breathes litres of air every minute. That air is free, but it is incredibly precious and important for our health. But how good is the air quality in Brussels? CurieuzenAir calls on everyone's cooperation to find out.

Sawfly larva Nematus spiraeae. By raising its abdomen, the insect stays ready to emit defensive volatiles upon harassment. Photo: Jean-Luc Boevé
23/09/2021

Insect defensive chemicals translated into sounds

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Reinout Verbeke

Researchers have translated odours emitted by insects to defend themselves against predators into sounds. This allowed them to compare the effect of such odorous cocktails on predators with the effect of sounds on humans.

Plastic fibres in water from the port of Zeebrugge, filtered through a 100 μm sieve (photographed by microscope). Image: RBINS/C. De Schrijver
21/09/2021

Plastic pollution in the Belgian North Sea: fish safe to eat and plastic fibres everywhere

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Kelle Moreau

More than three quarters of all waste in the Belgian North Sea consists of macroplastics (larger particles of plastic waste), and this is a major source of pollution, especially in the coastal zone.

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