From caves into robot houses – the modern reality


Due to their natural resistance to cold and hot weather from the outside, caves were a natural shelter for our prehistoric ancestors. These earthly dwellings were used as hiding lodges from wild animals as well as inconvenient weather.

Who would have known that in this day and age, with our advanced technology and architecture, we would revert back to housing in caves? Read more…

Posted by Bih Fon on April 15th, 2014

The legacy of polymaths


Technology has provided us with access to all the world’s knowledge. Today, easier then ever, people can learn anything they want – it is just a few clicks away. Ironically, despite the ocean of knowledge, people in today’s world tend to become more and more hyperspecialized in single disciplines. It didn’t always use to be this way though.

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Posted by Monika Abramczuk on April 13th, 2014

Introducing the TEDxVienna Bloggers’ team



A couple of months ago we were calling out for new bright and curious minds for the TEDxVienna bloggers’ team and our wish came true. Seven eager characters joined in and most of them already proved their wide-ranging interests in the last articles on the blog. So now, a team of twelve people try to keep you up-to-date with the latest projects, news and opinions on topics varying from science, art, design to psychology, society, lifestyle, education and many more.  Read more…

Posted by Alexandra Manoliu on April 4th, 2014

Rewriting the genome – the CRISPR revolution!


Have you ever wondered why some people can not taste bitter? Why are some people more resistant to malaria? Why are some persons at a higher risk of getting Alzheimer? Having in mind that all humans carry the same genetic information, it is quiet remarkable that we are so incredible different! Read more…

Posted by Lisa Landskron on April 1st, 2014

Travel Bug


The weather is starting to give up on the cold and cloudy and switch to the warm and sunny. Summer break is drawing closer and this circle of life that has been for many of us life-long students, the pace of life as we know it, is triggering a need to vacation, to travel and in general to accumulate new experiences outside of the books, classes, local food store, cinema, opera, etc. Read more…

Posted by Irene Praisler on March 30th, 2014

Dialog Im Dunkeln – Shining Light On A Unique Experience


Museums have been a place of enlightenment and education and a catalyst for sparking conversations and debates between friends for centuries. In the era of social media and visual online communication the need of going to museums for greater understanding has been declining in recent years.

However no Museum more so offers a unique experience which is likely to spark enlightenment & education and help those who visit discover the difference than that of the creative “Dialog im Dunkeln”. A museum where visitors can encounter life as a visually impaired person. Read more…

Posted by Steven McGuinness on March 27th, 2014

What you don’t know about routine


The morning, just like the rest of the day, is full of routines. The mind might still sleep, but the body carries out the familiar tasks anyway. A shower followed by coffee, then grab the keys and lock the door. As adults, people might not even be aware of all their routines since they have become such a natural part of every day. And slowly, slowly, routines take over their life.

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Posted by Monika Abramczuk on March 25th, 2014

Fear and danger – an astronaut’s perspective


Generations of scientists from every possible discipline work together to ensure a better understanding of the universe. Not only is their work able to provide insights into the creation of our planet and others and into the possible dangers that Earth might be exposed to as part of the universe or facilitate intrastellar travel, it also satisfies humanity’s curiosity of the great beyond. Their work is the reason why we are incredibly fascinated by the cosmos, but what’s it like for them? Read more…

Posted by Alexandra Manoliu on March 23rd, 2014

When science “fiction” becomes science “fact”


„What if?“ Both scientific research and science fiction start with the same two words. Science is trying to explain and enhance reality. SciFi stories produce a discourse of what is and what may be, they reflect the fears and aspirations of humankind for the future. Innovations we once saw in movies have become commonplace technology. So is there any wonder that people ask whether SciFi actually predicts our future? Read more…

Posted by Carina Maria Besl on March 20th, 2014

Discovering the different: How do other people live?


Discovering the different: How do other people live?
How do other people live? This question is probably as old as humanity itself. We want to know what other people do, eat, watch, read and experience – that’s why we are signed up for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. According to the social comparison theory, comparing ourselves to others helps us evaluate and define ourselves.
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Posted by Lilli Koisser on March 18th, 2014