Culture & Society


Amour – a movie recommendation

— A door is broken down. Policemen rush into an apartment and discover the corpse of an elderly woman whose head is surrounded by flowers. The word “Amour” then fills the screen and there is an extended flashback to the preceding months. — The movie What might look like a tragic […]


The lingua franca of our time: English

Roughly a billion people speak English. International diplomacy is conducted in English, stocks are traded in English, almost all scientific journals are written in English and the majority of the internet is in English. When a Russian woman travelling in Brazil wants to know the cost of her bus ticket […]


5 Ways to a Sustainable New Year’s Eve

Once again, this year, the call for sustainable and conscious living was loud and clear. There are statistics showing that we are leading more responsible lives, but be that as it may, according to humanitarian organization World Food Programme, there are still 821 million people going to bed hungry each […]


Extreme Sports for the Mind – Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape the Room Championships

The Red Bull Mind Gamers are back, following successful events like the Rubik’s Cube championships, with an all new mind bending experience, the Escape the Room Championships.  We went to the regional qualifiers in Vienna to get the inside story.  Escape the Room has become a popular activity in recent years; touring Salzburg […]


The simplexity of donations

Under the slogan “choose one item from the list and make a difference”, the attendees of SIMPLEXITY could solve a complex problem by taking a simple step: providing those in need with everyday objects. They were asked to bring in-kind donations for a well-known Austrian charity: Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst aids asylum seekers […]


Lonely together

You know you live in a crazy world when people prefer to have big conversations via texts, and small conversations when meeting face to face. But before we get all judgy, let’s take a minute and think: when was the last time we had a heart-to-heart conversation with someone without […]