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The Alps between depopulation and gentrification With the support of the FWF, a team from the University of Innsbruck investigated the influx of "new highlanders" to the Alps. Although receiving little attention, migration from towns to mountainous areas is an observable trend worldwide, extending even to peripheral mountain villages. – In contrast to expectations, the new arrivals there are seen as creating fresh momentum. By now,
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Prestigious scientific organisations support Lab Innovations Lab Innovations – the UK’s only dedicated showcase for laboratory, analytical and biotech equipment – continues to garner support from across the scientific community. Returning to the NEC, Birmingham, for the sixth consecutive year on the 1st and 2nd of November 2017, this year’s event will be backed by renowned organisations including the Science Council, Innovation DB and Laboratory News. Laboratory
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Die Notation des Augenblicks Laborsituationen mit künstlerischen Instrumentarien zu erfassen, ist Teil des vom Wissenschaftsfonds FWF im Rahmen seines PEEK-Programms geförderten Kunstprojekts "Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line". Nach drei Jahren Laborarbeit und Symposien ist dieses Projekt von Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil und Emma Cocker vorerst abgeschlossen und in einer umfassenden Publikation dokumentiert. "Wie fühlt sich Sprache an, wenn du sie im Mund
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Noting down the moment Recording laboratory situations via artistic means is part of the art project 'Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line' funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF in the context of its PEEK programme. After three years of lab work and symposia, Nikolaus Gansterer’s, Mariella Greil’s and Emma Cocker’s project is now completed and documented in a comprehensive publication. "How does language
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Breaking granite with microwaves In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research group from Leoben investigated how excavation methods for hard rock could be improved by using microwave irradiation so as to make classical mechanical excavation easier and save energy. The excavation of hard rock such as granite is a process that consumes a great deal of time and energy,
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Many proteins must set to work so as to activate fat What happens and where, when the body’s fat stores are activated? With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, the biochemist Ruth Birner-Grünberger investigates the complex interaction of activation and regulation in fat breakdown, thus providing a basis for new therapeutic approaches for illnesses such as diabetes or arteriosclerosis. Every marathon runner gets to this point: after exhausting the
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We and the others - Bosnian diaspora With the support of the FWF, the sociologist Ana Mijić is conducting research into how Bosnians living in Austria construe their self-image in their war, post-war and migration context, and she detects a cosmopolitan nationalism. What does migration do to a person’s identity and how do wartime experiences affect the self-image? When the sociologist Ana Mijić started focusing her research
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See new products first at Lab Innovations 2017 Lab Innovations 2017 – the UK’s only dedicated showcase for laboratory technology, analytical and biotech equipment – is pleased to welcome Scientific Laboratory Supplies (SLS), Eppendorf and GS Biotech to the NEC, Birmingham, on the 1st and 2nd of November. The UK’s largest independent supplier of scientific products, SLS, is returning for its third consecutive year, as Josh Chapman,
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The sound of medieval music Musical life in the late Middle Ages was vibrant and varied, and this applied also in the Austrian region. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, scientists from Vienna are now creating a bridge between the music and everyday life of that period, thus facilitating a better understanding of the era. "During the late Middle Ages", says Reinhard
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The sound of medieval music Musical life in the late Middle Ages was vibrant and varied, and this applied also in the Austrian region. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, scientists from Vienna are now creating a bridge between the music and everyday life of that period, thus facilitating a better understanding of the era. "During the late Middle Ages", says Reinhard
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The sound of medieval music Musical life in the late Middle Ages was vibrant and varied, and this applied also in the Austrian region. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, scientists from Vienna are now creating a bridge between the music and everyday life of that period, thus facilitating a better understanding of the era. "During the late Middle Ages", says Reinhard
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Transmigration of the soul – social disruptor or bond Among members of the ethnic-religious Druze minority in the Middle East, reincarnation is a generally accepted phenomenon. With the support of the FWF, the social anthropologist Gebhard Fartacek documents cases of reincarnation and the concomitant social consequences, debates and conflicts. The transmigration of souls (in Arabic: "taqammus") is a concept that may lend comfort. In the Druze community, the phenomenon
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Hiking accidents: take care when descending mountains Falls account for about half of all hiking accidents. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a team led by Martin Faulhaber from the University of Innsbruck is currently investigating what makes hikers slip, trip or stumble. Walking in the mountains is one of the most popular Alpine summer sports. In Austria alone, it is estimated that several
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Running like clockwork – the Imperial Court in Vienna The administration and organisation of the Viennese Court were astonishingly professional, as a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF now demonstrates. For the first time, historians have established precisely who within the structure – from aristocrats to humble staff members – was responsible for what. More than 2,000 people worked at the Viennese Court in the 18th century
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Outside the norm With the support of the FWF, Susanne Hochreiter and Angelika Baier investigate how intersex (hermaphroditism) is treated in contemporary German-language literature. Their findings: writers are just as unsure in their approach to the third gender as society is in general. "I write to make audible, to translate into language that which is not generally spoken, which seems indeed to be
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EU Project Promotes Cultivation of Pulses in Europe IGV GmbH engages in research project “TRUE” towards sustainable farming systems based on legumes Legumes: a special crop Legumes are a very special type of crop, they are characterised as a sustainable source of highly nutritious food and feed. ‘Sustainable’, since legumes require no inorganic nitrogen fertiliser, and this efficiency saving is added to by improvements to soil qualities and total
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Denim-coloured transistors In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, the physicist Serdar Sarıçiftçi investigates possible uses in electronics of the semiconductor properties of indigo pigment. Silicon still represents the most important material for the production of semiconductor elements such as transistors, diodes or solar cells. For a number of years, however, an interesting alternative has been available: certain hydrocarbons
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When fashion violates (Soviet) standards While strongly influenced by the West, the fashion history of the Soviet Union also reveals some home-grown developments. First and foremost, it reflects the opening and emancipation processes that paved the way for perestroika, as a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF has shown. Strolling through the streets of Moscow in June 1959 one might have witnessed unusual
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Solidarity in times of crisis With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a team of Austrian and Hungarian sociologists is investigating what impact the protracted economic crisis has on the motives that fuel solidarity. Solidarity can be inclusive, inspired by a sense of social justice, or exclusive, i.e. extended only to one’s own national or ethnic group. Solidarity is a value emblazoned on
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The single market of interest groups Environmental and consumer protection have outstripped business interests in the EU. This is the conclusion drawn by an international study supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF. The reason behind this is a wish on the part of the European institutions to widen their legitimacy. Brussels is synonymous with European bureaucracy, political elites and powerful business lobbying – at least
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