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Sunday, April 22, 2018
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...
multilingual children
Do multilingual children have an advantage? Perhaps; but the ability to learn languages may be inborn. Either way, stakes are high and consensus is rareToday’s world has become “hyper-diverse,” with 244 million migrants worldwide in 2015 qualifying as the fifth largest “country” on earth.Through globalization and mobility, cultures mix, and not just in the neighborhood. Often it’s right at...
Crystalline Mirror Solutions
In the Austrian success story of gravitational waves, detecting something tiny can be a huge leap forwardOn February 11, 2016, the last of Albert Einstein’s scientific predictions was officially confirmed. Now, a hundred years after the physicist had predicted their existence in his theory of general relativity, researchers found evidence of “gravitational waves” – waves caused by massive cosmic cataclysms...
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...
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...
Helga Nowotny takes on institutional science in her new book: The Cunning of UncertaintyHelga Nowotny is fascinated with uncertainty. Not with its risks, but with its possibilities. As a scholar and former president of the European Research Council (ERC), this has been her life-blood.We have “entered a phase in which uncertainty ... is losing the allure of being a...
A group of gifted high schoolers will defend Austria’s “physical” fitness at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament in early JulyThe 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 Championship. This challenge is about...
A new study at Vienna’s University of Veterinary Medicine shows how cells change according to daily rhythms, with significant consequences for your healthIt’s morning, you’ve had a solid night’s sleep, the sun is shining – and it’s Saturday, the start of a glorious summer weekend.So why are you feeling so blah? Blame your circadian rhythm.Light from laptops and smartphones, erratic...
A new way of documenting species digitally allows more intricate research and the images can be shared all over the worldThe new guy, Ommatoiulus avatar (or O. avatar for short), is a tiny species of European millipede, just two to three centimeters in length, identified this summer by a team of Austrian and Danish scientists. The authors of the...
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