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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 […]

Going on a Gut Feeling: The New Cancer Treament

Going on a Gut Feeling: The New Cancer Treament

On 6 May, coincidentally the 157th birthday of Sigmund Freud, the ornate Festsaal of the Austrian Academy of Sciences was in full swing (with classical music tribute and a cocktails reception to boot) to welcome the President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (also knighted) Hans Clevers for the 7th annual Landsteiner […]

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 […]

A Dark Past at the Academy of Sciences

A Dark Past at the Academy of Sciences

As the 75th anniversary of the Anschluss, the annexation of Austria by Germany on 12 March 1938, looms, the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) will open its first-ever exhibition honouring those members of the Academy forced to flee Austria after the Nazis seized power. Titled The Academy of Sciences in Vienna, 1938-1945 and organised by […]

Crisis and Transformation

In early November, Austria’s Science Minister and the Presiding Committee of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (AAS) signed a “performance agreement” for 2012-2014 which foresees large cuts to the Academy’s budget, requiring the axing of 300 of the 781 full-time positions and the closure of research activities. The media response was significant, with only Kurier […]

Oriental Pagentry in Timeless Form & Color

In Herbert Rosendorfer’s curious but gentle novel Letters Back to Ancient China, a tale of the adventures of a Mandarin Chinese aristocrat transported to present-day Munich, one thousand years into his future, the protagonist describes his first hearing of the music of “Master Vay-to-feng” (Beethoven): “It goes without saying that I could not appreciate this […]

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