Lanay Griessner

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Lanay Griessner is a scientist and freelance journalist living in Vienna. She has a PhD in molecular biology from the Medical University of Vienna and is currently working in the biotech industry.

Technology | Breaking the Ice Ceiling

A thousand women are challenging the boys’ club of science by making a research expedition to Antarctica to raise awareness for climate change. Antarctica is a giant, untamed wilderness. Home of the geographic South Pole, it has no nations and no indigenous population. The continent is almost entirely covered by ice, with an average depth […]
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Taming the Great River | Vienna’s Healthy Relationship with the Danube

Vienna has been shaping its stretch of the Danube for 500 years. But only in the 19th century was it possible to alter Vienna’s riverscape and revamp public health In the 1800s, Vienna was just beginning its emergence as a world city, as the population exploded from 230,000 in 1800 to over 2 million by […]
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pale rider

Laura Spinney’s Pale Rider Captures a Moment in Time of the Spanish Flu of...

Laura Spinney’s Pale Rider is a portrait of the life and science of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. Did you get your flu shot this year? Statistics say you probably didn’t. To most of us, the flu is nothing more than a few days off work with a fever. Although headlines about bird flu […]
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Vienna Researchers Pioneer Rodent VR

Virtual reality is only for tech enthusiasts? Get ready to see fish, mice and fruit flies join the VR craze with scientists from Austria and Germany For generations, scientists and sci-fi fans have inspired each other to (boldly) go where no one has gone before to better understand the world around them. Now, real-world science has taken […]
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How Fear Makes you an Instant Superhero 

The fight-or-flight response is designed to prepare us for danger, but what really happens, when the adrenaline kicks in?On a bright sunny morning, you are walking down the street, minding your ...
rigor mortis

In “Rigor Mortis,” author Richard Harris takes aim at sloppy science...

Richard Harris’ book Rigor Mortis inspires scientific soul-searching. Let’s start out addressing the elephant in the room: There are a lot of scientific studies that are just not reproducible, period. It’s not about one lab, or one theory, or one field.Everyone in science is affected by what has been called the “reproducibility crisis.” Drug development […]
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Saved from Your Genes

Fertility specialists have made a breakthrough that could eradicate a rare deadly disease. So why isn’t the world celebrating?After several miscarriages and the deaths of two children at an earl...

Science: Physics Showdown in Russia

A group of gifted high schoolers will defend Austria’s “physical” fitness at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament in early July The Austrian team’s enthusiasm is palatable as it gears up for tournament, the culmination of a year’s worth of effort. Success is celebrated with high fives and cheers. No, this is not the European Football […]
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Science & Technology: Doctor in Your Pocket

Have you ever googled your symptoms? Everyone wants to avoid trips to the doctor. These apps may give patients insights and help doctors diagnose better and faster It can be hard to talk to a doctor. Those few minutes go by so fast. Even if you plan out what you want to say, critical information […]
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