Alexander Hellemans

I am a science journalist with a particular interest in current research and in the application of science to technology, energy, and basic problems of society. I have lived and worked in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, England, Germany and Italy—which is why the editors at Science call me the “Flying Dutchman,” although I am not really Dutch, but a compatriot and fan of Hercule Poirot.

I am fascinated by the many theories about gravitation, quantum theory, and the universe that are now emerging. And I am convinced that they will lead to a new revolution in physics.  Stay tuned to my blog entitled The Next Scientific Revolution.

I am also interested in the history of science and technology, and contributed to three books on this subject. With Bryan Bunch, I am the author of The History of Science and Technology: A Browser's Guide to the Great Discoveries, Inventions, and the People Who Made Them from the Dawn of Time to Today (2004).  Previously, we also wrote The Timetables of Science (1988) and The Timetables of Technology (1993), published by Simon and Schuster in New York.  The Timetables of Science has also been published in the UK, Germany, Japan, and Romania.

 My credits include Science, ScienceNowNature, Scientific American, Physics  World, New Scientist, The Scientist, IEEE Spectrum, BBC Focus, The Guardian, The IndependentAstronomy , Sky & Telescope, Europhysics  News, The Industrial Physicist, Physikalische Blätter, Natuur en Techniek, NRC-HandelsbladDe StandaardLa Recherche, and Publishers Weekly.

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Energy
New superconductive material for long-distance energy transmissionNew superconductive material for long-distance energy transmission

A new and cheaper superconductive wire could make long-distance energy transmission affordable

19 Sep 2016
Society
Andris Ambainis – The mathematics of quantum computingAndris Ambainis – The mathematics of quantum computing

Quantum computers are thought to be in line to revolutionise research due to their enormous data crunching capabilities, which will force banks to change their encryption systems.

16 Jul 2014
Health
Pietro Gucciardi – Working towards a single-molecule biosensorPietro Gucciardi – Working towards a single-molecule biosensor

A special interaction between light and matter, plasmons, will increase the sensitivity and ease in using biosensors for detecting disease biomarkers. 

03 Jul 2014
Health
Designing ultra-sensitive biosensors for early personalised diagnosticsDesigning ultra-sensitive biosensors for early personalised diagnostics

A new type of high-sensitivity and low-cost sensors, called plasmonic biosensors, could ultimately become a key asset in personalised medicine by helping to diagnose diseases at an early stage 

03 Jul 2014
Health
Lucia Altucci – Cancer research could benefit from ultra-fast lasers technologyLucia Altucci – Cancer research could benefit from ultra-fast lasers technology

Femtosecond lasers constitute new tools for investigating the dynamic of how proteins control our genes. This technology offers potential new insights that could be used in cancer research.

20 May 2014
Health
Peering down protein-DNA interactions to better understand how genes workPeering down protein-DNA interactions to better understand how genes work

Protein-DNA binding is fundamental to gene regulation. Now, new methods based on laser pulses allow fast interactions between proteins and DNA to be followed.

20 May 2014
Health
Jean-Claude Dujardin – Overcoming Leishmania’s drug-resistant Trojan horse effectJean-Claude Dujardin – Overcoming Leishmania’s drug-resistant Trojan horse effect

Leishmania parasites hijack macrophages turning them against their human hosts. New insights reveal how novel therapies can reverse this effect despite the parasite’s complex resistance.

13 May 2014
Health
Parasite surveillance to support policy against drug resistanceParasite surveillance to support policy against drug resistance

Surveillance tools can detect the incidence of different genetic varieties of the leishmaniasis parasite. And this enables development of local drug policies to better fight resistance.

13 May 2014
Society
Chen Sagiv: crowdsourcing for creating 3D videosChen Sagiv: crowdsourcing for creating 3D videos

Advanced graphics processors, new algorithms and advanced mathematics will soon make a new 3D video technology gathering feed from multiple sources possible

13 Mar 2014
Health
Huntington's disease: A treatment in sight?Huntington's disease: A treatment in sight?

New biomarkers will follow disease progress and rapidly detect effects of a novel drug.

25 Feb 2014
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