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Dr. Daria Siekhaus: Crossing All Boundaries

Dr. Daria Siekhaus: Crossing All Boundaries

It was just 14:00 as I locked my bike on Kolingasse alongside Café Stein where I was to meet Dr. Daria Siekhaus, a cell and developmental biologist and project leader at the Institute for Science and Technology Austria (IST) in Klosterneuberg.  But she had arrived ahead of me and was leaning, half standing, half perched, […]

Book Review: The Parodoxical Erwin Schrödinger in Love and Work

Book Review: The Parodoxical Erwin Schrödinger in Love and Work

by Rennie Sweeney The intricacies of a life are woven inextricably into the weave of work and the professional world. In Erwin Schrödinger and the Quantum Revolution, biographer John Gribbin follows the thread through the Austrian physicist’s fascinating, often eyebrow-raising life alongside scientific milestones. Pleasantly readable, it’s an introduction to seminal ideas for those unfamiliar […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eric Kandel: Insight and Reconciliation

Eric Kandel: Insight and Reconciliation

“It’s remarkable how Austria has grown up in the last few years,” Eric Kandel declared to a packed auditorium at the Austrian Academy of Sciences on 9 October. The occasion: a presentation of the Viennese-born neuroscientist and 2000 Nobel Prize Laureate’s most recent book, The Age of Insight (see “Eric Kandel: Nectar for the Mind” […]

EU Commission OKs funds for giant laser in Romania

EU Commission OKs funds for giant laser in Romania

The EU Commission has approved plans to build a nuclear physics research centre in Maguerle, south of Bucharest, equipped with a high-power laser and high-energy particle collider. Thirteen EU member states and forty research institutes oversaw the ground-breaking project, which is set to begin operation in 2015 and cost €356 million. Part of the larger […]

Staging Science, Provoking Thought

Staging Science, Provoking Thought

“Two men die within 21 minutes of each other’s demise. Both are non-smokers. Cholesterol levels below 180. No particular health problems. Both professors in the same institution…and both having sipped champagne some two hours before their death. And not just any champagne.” So begins Carl Djerassi’s Insufficiency, a new play focusing on the chemistry and physics […]

Buddhism meets Science

Buddhism meets Science

Scientists and clerics seldom work together, and often freeze in gridlocked opposition. Not so when Tendzin Gyatsho, the 14th Dalai Lama, came to Vienna in late May to meet distinguished professors from several scientific branches. In a remarkable seven-hour discussion at the Audimax of the University of Vienna, His Holiness took on the vast subject […]

Book Review: John Casti’s X-Events

Book Review: John Casti’s X-Events

An Optimist of the Apocalypse The edifice of modern society rests upon an intricately woven web of complexity. Invisible to the everyday eye, the systems that sustain our lives and lifestyles are often so involved that, even if visible, they would be difficult to grasp – try asking a banker to explain credit default swaps […]

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