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A Gravitation Grant’s ethical questions

A group of Dutch researchers will receive a 18,8 million Gravitation Grant to build an artificial biological cel. Hub Zwart, professor Philosophy and Science Studies at Radboud Univeristy, is going to focus on the philosophical and ethical questions around creating artificial life.

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Who threatens humanity: robots or humans?

Some people believe that robots might eventually rule over the human race, but is that a justified fear? In a lecture for students, professor Pim Haselager offers answers to the pressing question: do emerging artificial superintelligence technologies pose an existential threat to humanity?

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New at the Refter: a salad bar

Who does not pay attention, could easily walk right by it: the salad bar in the Refter that has opened today. The space that held the campus shop until January, is now open for you to pick your own salad and fruit.

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Student becomes film director

What’s in the Box, who remembers that video? Natural sciences student Tim Smit, from Nijmegen, made it in 2009 and it went viral. Since then, he has been working on the thing that he really wanted to make: a feature film. The premiere is in June, with actors Dan Stevens and Tygo Gernandt.

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Theologist wins prize for promoting Afrikaans

Radboud theology professor Jan van der Watt wins a prestigious South African science prize this year, though not specifically in his own field of study. The committee awards him the prize for his contribution to Afrikaans as scientific language, both nationally and internationally. Afrikaans one of South Africa’s official languages.

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‘Eating insects should be more than a trend’

People who often eat at the Refter, probably have already seen them: candybars made with insects. Radboud University is one of the first places in The Netherlands who dares to put these snacks on the menu. The Dutch department of the company behind them is located in Nijmegen and consists of just one person, who is happy to explain why we should all start eating mealworms and crickets.

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Marching for science in Amsterdam

‘Science is not worthless’, wrote Radboud Rector Magnificus Han van Krieken in an opinion piece last week. Last Saturday, he marched in the March for Science in Amsterdam. Vox-writer Alyssa Rostant was there as well. ‘Protesters brought scientific humor’.

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Exotic student associations

Student associations are known for their unique culture in the Netherlands, but some associations in other countries share certain similarities. A cross-border review: from robot clubs to American football parties.

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