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Thursday, July 19, 2018
vienna science research
The city that brought forth Wittgenstein, Freud and Schrödinger, Vienna is again a hotbed of ideas and scientific researchWhen refugee scientists Paul E. Lazarsfeld (sociologist at Columbia University) and Oskar Morgenstern (economist at Princeton) returned to Vienna in the late 1950s, they were appalled by research center. Vienna was also a hotspot for the the lack of intellectual potential. “No...
technology
Academia and business don’t mix? A group of Austrians set out to bridge the gap, and business is booming Great ideas are born in the laboratories, classrooms and think tanks of Austria’s educational institutions. Many, however, languish awaiting peer review and publication, become integrated into someone else’s research, or are exploited commercially by foreign businesses. Often, neither Austrian academics nor their...
Amazone Echo
The first home automation hub, Amazon Echo raises lots of questions about how much we want to depend on artificial intelligenceEntering our living room six weeks ago, I found my tech-savvy husband installing another addition to our already quite impressive set of technical devices. Another speaker for our apartment’s state-of-the-art sound system? An air humidifier (my second guess)? A...
science taking tube
Trips from Vienna to Bratislava are routine. But if the Hyperloop project has its way, they may soon become the most exciting commute on the planetOutside Bratislava’s old Market Hall, the pale yellow cobblestones glow in the searing heat. Inside, it is minds that are overheated and aglow, as dozens of programmers hack into their notebooks, trying to find...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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