Published by the editorial team, 30 November 2012

The new magazine Experiment NL, an annual publication of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in cooperation with Quest, features articles about ASTRON projects and interviews with astronomers from ASTRON. The magazine, which contains fascinating, exciting and innovative Dutch science, can be downloaded for free.

This year is the first year Experiment NL appears as a magazine. The setup however remains the same: top researchers from all corners of Dutch science share their discoveries. The articles cover the full breadth of science: from searching for black holes to research on Antarctica. The varied articles answer questions such as: Does artificial light mess up nature? How are electronic maps like on your TomTom made? How can car and driver work together?

NWO selects, finances and stimulates the best research. Quest lets its readers become acquainted with this research in an unparalleled way. Experiment NL bundles NWO's and Quests ambitions: NWO also wants to show a wide audience the beautiful research Dutch scientists do.

Download the pdf with Experiment NL (only in Dutch).

More information:

Magazine Experiment NL, Wetenschap in Nederland. Available at the Bruna store from 22 November to 20 December 2012 with the December issue of Quest, for € 5,95. Editors: NWO and Quest, publisher: G+J Publishing, Diemen/Den Haag 2012, 106 pages.


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