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The Origins Center is an accessible, online news center. As a scientist, citizen, student or pupil in secondary education, you will quickly find information about Dutch research into the origin and evolution of life. In videos, blogs and news items.

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More than 300 Dutch researchers are working every day to unravel the origins and evolution of life. You want to watch them closely? Discover what Dutch scientists are working on? Our top stories tell more.

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Astronomers find phosphine in Venus atmosphere. What's Next?

British and American researchers have detected phosphine in the acidic cloud cover of our neighboring planet Venus. Does this mean that there is life on Venus? The work of Dutch researchers affiliated with the Origins Center connects directly to this discovery in the Venus atmosphere.

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Life on other planets: closer than you think?

Are we alone in the universe? Or is there life on other planets as well? There are many television series, films and books about this, but scientists are also working to find answers. Astrobiologist Floris van der Tak investigates places with the greatest chance of life. But can we ever go there? (Dutch)

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If the universe is teeming with life, where are the UFOs?

The Universe has many stars and even more planets. So, it would be very strange if there was no life anywhere else to be found. But where can we find that life? And what does that life look like? Dutch research looks at the Earth as an example. (Dutch)

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The Netherlands is home to leading researchers. What they do in their projects to learn more about life and evolution? Sometimes that’s quite complex. Exactly why the Origins Center explains what scientists are actually researching in a series of educational videos. And: why.

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Was it by chance that people evolved?

Ken Kraaijeveld, research fellow, Origins Center

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Do we understand evolution well enough to predict it?

Meike Wortel, research fellow Origins Center

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How did we get so many complex species?

Renske Vroomans, research fellow Origins Center

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Webinars

The Origins Center is organizing a series of webinars from November. In these online sessions, open to science and the public, we bring you up to date on the latest scientific discoveries and challenges.

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10 November 2020

Webinar - The Earth and the universe at your feet

Would you like to know more about Dutch research into the origin of life and evolution from the comfort of your own secure workplace? The Origins Center team will be hosting a series of exceptional webinars in 2020/2021, featuring some of the leading researchers in the field. You are cordially invited.

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Blogs

Scientists publish. In professional journals such as Science and Nature, but also within networks and in popular scientific media. The Origins Center encourages that. Because publishing advances scientific knowledge. Thanks to inspiring blogs, for instance.

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Astronomers find phosphine in Venus atmosphere. What's Next?

British and American researchers have detected phosphine in the acidic cloud cover of our neighboring planet Venus. Does this mean that there is life on Venus? The work of Dutch researchers affiliated with the Origins Center connects directly to this discovery in the Venus atmosphere.

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The discovery of TRAPPIST-1: searching for liveable planets

With its seven earth-like planets, the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system recently made the world news. Three of these planets are in the so-called liveable zone of their mother star. But what else is involved in the search for liveable planets? Astrobiologist Floris van der Tak takes us to TRAPPIST-1.

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Life on other planets: closer than you think?

Are we alone in the universe? Or is there life on other planets as well? There are many television series, films and books about this, but scientists are also working to find answers. Astrobiologist Floris van der Tak investigates places with the greatest chance of life. But can we ever go there? (Dutch)

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If the universe is teeming with life, where are the UFOs?

The Universe has many stars and even more planets. So, it would be very strange if there was no life anywhere else to be found. But where can we find that life? And what does that life look like? Dutch research looks at the Earth as an example. (Dutch)

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The National Science Agenda

Decipher building blocks of existence

Fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and functioning of life offers us new insights about the detection and treatment of diseases, but also helps us to map the risks of a changing environment for humans, animals and nature. The National Science Agenda invests in knowledge development and aims to bridge the gap between science and society. The Origins Center makes an important contribution.

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Universiteit van Nederland

At the Universiteit van Nederland leading Dutch scientists give free, short internet presentations. Desktop full screen, tablet on your lap, mobile at hand? Watch some of the best lectures in the Netherlands.

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Why there must be alien life near Jupiter? (Dutch)

Prof. dr. Bert Vermeersen, planetary scientist, TU Delft

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Did all life begin with a stone? (Dutch)

Dr. Inge Loes ten Kate, astrobiologist Utrecht University

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Is there life on the moon? (Dutch)

Prof. dr. Bert Vermeersen, planetary scientist TU Delft

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