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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
A new way of documenting species digitally – cybertaxonomy – 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...
Pioneers Festival
“This is not a conference. This is a festival!” the main stage emcee Daniel Cronin, co-founder of AustrianStartups, told the packed “Arena” audience during the opening ceremony of the Pioneers Festival – one of Europe’s top expos for innovative technology. Throughout the two days of keynote speeches, workshops and discussions, Cronin implored the “boys and girls” in attendance to...
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...
emotion nostalgia
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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...
Medical Apps
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 fasterIt 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 gets lost in the fray....
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:...
Computer intelligence in music
Scientists are teaching computers about the complex factors that make music expressive. Might computers outperform humans someday?The digital age has been a mixed blessing for musicians. Digital electronics can supplant live performers and illegal copying of recordings has decimated royalty payments. Soundtrack composers can now access vast archives of digitally sampled instruments and voices – such as the Vienna...
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