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Sunday, July 22, 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...
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...
bicycle bike birthday travel
While we no longer ride out with a lamp and a whistle, cycling today has become a part of life"I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like” are the lyrics of a famous Queen song. Freddie Mercury may never have ridden his bike through Vienna, although he played here often enough, but he...
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...
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:...
robot art
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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...
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...
marshall plan
With an entire continent in ruins, the Marshall Plan planted the seeds for a peaceful, prosperous EuropeAs the Second World War finally ground down to an end in Europe, Austria lay devastated, its economy in shambles, its territory carved up by the victorious Allied powers into zones of authority for the U.S., France, Britain and the Soviet Union.At the...
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