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  16 March 2021
 
 
A university in times of corona: one year on
 
It is exactly one year ago that the university had to close, right in the middle of the academic year. Suddenly, on that third Monday in March, we found ourselves at home, working and studying online. The momentous coronavirus year in pictures.
 
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‘Sometimes choosing a different path can take you further’
 
What does International Women’s Day mean for Leiden University? We spoke to Annetje Ottow, who recently became the first female president of the Executive Board of Leiden University.
 
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Computational tools reveal secrets of 17th-century sealed letter
 
In a world first, an international team of researchers managed to read an unopened letter from Renaissance Europe – without breaking its seal or damaging it in any way. 
 
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Janssen COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in EU
 
The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine was authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on March 11. It was developed with support from the Molecular Virology group of the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC).
 
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Shift in scientific consensus about demise of Neanderthals
 
It is still unclear how the Neanderthals died out. This competition hypothesis – linked to the emergence of modern humans – is no longer the dominant theory among scientists, research among archaeologists and anthropologists has now shown. 
 
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In pictures: animal mummies in a scanner
 
The Ancient Egyptians mummified not only people but animals too. The National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden recently put a bunch of animal mummies through a CT scanner.
 
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