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A Tiny Brain is Grown

A Tiny Brain is Grown

Peering into her microscope morning after morning, Dr. Madeline Lancaster watched through the lens as strange new worlds began to grow. Under the glass, she saw tissue crosssections begin to form just like a cerebral cortex, bringing scientists closer than ever before to creating a human brain. “I could see different brain regions that looked […]

Broken Rules: Gaming in Austria

Broken Rules:  Gaming in Austria

In one game, cartoon monsters leap up onto colourful platforms; in another, a flock of racing birds flutter across a screen; in a third, a flying engine is guided through an ‘80s science-fiction universe: These are all the work of Austrian indie developers – small, independent companies that are making a big splash in an […]

New Hope for Taming the Shake of Parkinson’s

New Hope for Taming the Shake of Parkinson’s

Treating the debilitating shake of Parkinson’s disease may just have gotten easier, with results from a recent Medical University of Vienna clinical trial in a new and rechargeable technology showed significant patient improvement.  The “Vantage” study looked at 40 subjects at six European centres, given Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) with the new device. Preliminary results […]

Protection From Lyme Disease – At Last!

Protection From Lyme Disease – At Last!

In Austria, hiking is serious business. It requires: top rate-hiking gear, a glossary of quaint foods at mountain huts in the applicable regional dialect, and the intricate knowledge of the lifestyle and eating habits of certain blood sucking parasites, like ticks. Ticks might be small, but they have a big impact on public health: Current […]

Dark Matter: Mapping the Universe

Dark Matter: Mapping the Universe

Like ancient cartographers mapping the world – filling unexplored regions with sea-serpents and here be dragons – scientists try to map the workings of the universe. But the map keeps changing, billowing outwards. The questions shift, breed, multiply. Why isn’t the universe made of antimatter, rather than matter? What is the dark matter that grips […]

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