Jupiter reveals new secrets

Jupiter revealed to astronomers what hides beneath the colourful clouds, dots and stripes we see on the planet.  A new radiomap of Jupiters atmosphere – the most detailed so far - reveals the massive movement of ammonia gas beneath the surface.        Read more (in dutch)

Breakthrough in terahertz-spectroscopy

A small device that detects a chemical substance within seconds, using terahertz radiation. Thanks to an improvement of spectroscopy techniques in this frequency, this possibility could soon be applied. Researchers developed a compact system to achieve the spectroscopic fingerprint of a material within 100 μs, making it a promising as a fast, advantageous and portable application, for example in tracing explosives.        Read more (in dutch)

Lisa Pathfinder exceeds expectations

 ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission has succesfully tested precision technology for measuring gravitational waves in space. Measurents in the past two months show that the technological concept - using laser beams to measure very accurately tiny variations in the distance between two test cubes that travel through space in free fall - exceeds all expectations.         More

Stan Gielen new chair NWO with effect from January 2017

Professor C.C.A.M. (Stan) Gielen will become chair of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) with effect from 1 January 2017. NWO is currently undergoing major changes. The governance and organisation will become more streamlined and coherent. This will put NWO in a better position to optimally realise its core tasks, funding of and innovation in Dutch scientific research and the management of eight national research institutes, both now and in the future. As of 1 September 2016 Stan Gielen will be involved as the future chair of the Executive Board in the further realisation of this organisational change.         More

Climate change influences carbon cycle

Satellite measurements of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere shed light on how climate change - taking the shape of for instance heavy rains, draughts and floods - in turn influences the carbon cycle at the Australian continent. The carbon cycle has a big impact on the greenhouse effect. The research results are presented today at the ESA Living Planet Symposium at Prague.        Read more (in dutch)

Loss of Hitomi great blow to international space research

After a perfect launch on 17 February and a few weeks of excellent operations the Japanese space telescope Hitomi was considered to be lost yesterday. A fault in the orientation of the satellite probably led to considerable damage to the space telescope. This is a great blow to international space research. In the few weeks that Hitomi was operational the space telescope produced spectacular observations.        Read more (in dutch)

Mark Rutte and Jet Bussemaker visit SRON stand at Hannover Messe

At the Hannover Messe 2016 prime-minister Mark Rutte and Science minister Jet Bussemaker (OCW) got aquainted today with SRON research. The members of government attended short, personal presentations on SRON's SPEX technology and the Athena mission.        Read more (in dutch)