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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Homesickness
Previously dismissed as a sign of immaturity, homesickness is now seen by researchers as playing a vital evolutionary role. All it takes is the balmy smell of lilac, the savory taste of pierogi, or the buzzing cacophony of rush hour, and once again, you feel that familiar twinge: homesickness. The triggers are as specific as the experience is universal. Pointedly...
crazy love addiction
Recent research poses that love could be “treated” like an addiction. Are we really going to medicalize l’amour? Most of us know the pleasures of a bar of dark chocolate, the oldest aphrodisiac, while sip- ping an espresso at the end of a long day, releasing bursts of good feeling. But, nothing compares to abandoning yourself to the arms of...
tinder
Old-school bar romancer discovers the matching app phenomenon Tinder “Meeeaaap – wrong answer??!” – twenty-four hours after not replying to Hannah, this message angrily pops up on my smartphone. My first Tinder match had reported she was “interested in me,” even though her heart was “shut at the moment.” This confession stopped me cold; I was uncertain what it actually...
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 own business, when suddenly you come face-to-face with a hungry lion. Your heart starts pounding; your mind fires to attention.  It’s the biological equivalent of revving an engine:...
medical innovation
Since the 18th century this city has been on the cutting edge of medical innovation. What is the next frontier? Vienna at the fin de siècle was the center of a massive empire that covered 20 percent of Europe. It stretched all the way from the Ukraine to Switzerland, and to the east and south, Hungary, Slovenia, northern Italy and...
Dealing with stress
One study divides how we cope with anxiety into four categories: Guardians, Integrators, Drivers and Pioneers. Which one are you? “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles,” remarked Charlie Chaplin’s title character in Monsieur Verdoux, the 1947 murder mystery. For those of us who slave away at the daily grind, we can only hope for the alleviating...
big data
Data science is currently among the hottest fields of study and its practitioners are in high demand For many, the 21st century buzzword “Big Data” conjures up fears of “Big Brother,” the personified surveillance state of 1984. Many of us have grown utterly dependent upon digital technologies that feed “the cloud” with a constant stream of our personal data –...
skiing
Skiing is deeply embedded in Austrian identity. In spite of climate change, technology has made the sport smarter and safer International families who come to Austria are often amazed to discover that a winter ski week is built into the school calendar. Throughout the month of February, the dates are conveniently staggered in the various Federal States to balance out...
genetic modification
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 early age, a Jordanian woman finally gave birth to a healthy boy this summer. A cause for private celebration? Undoubtedly. But this boy has already made headlines around the world. The...
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