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The Wood industry is More Innovative than Forestry

Forest and innovation—how could these two fit in one sentence? Innovation refers to changes but trees grow in the same way as they have grown since the beginning of times. However, the forest sector...

How were ‘golden fabrics’ made in the Middle Ages and who wore them?

Vanity and a taste for luxury were not unknown to the citizens of medieval Tartu. Woven brocaded silk garments, embellished with precious metal threads, were undoubtedly the most expensive and desirable items on the...

Artificial sweeteners: a growing environmental hazard

Recently an article "Oxidative degradation of emerging micropollutant acesulfame in aqueous matrices by UVA-induced H2O2/Fe2+ and S2O82-/Fe2+ processes" on the research of a group of TTÜ scientists was published in a prestigious peer reviewed...

Mineral Fertilizers have Advantages over Slurry and Manure

Fertilization is often associated with different environmental problems. It is generally assumed that manure and slurry are more environmentally friendly compared to mineral fertilizers, but a doctoral thesis recently defended at the Estonian University...

Improving Enzymes help to produce Alternative Energy

Rising living standards and increasing world population make it necessary to search for alternatives to petroleum-based products as energy carriers.

UT Scientists Created an Effective Vaccine Candidate for a Dangerous Tropical Disease

The tropical Chikungunya fever, whose course is generally much more severe than that of viral Zika virus (ZIKV) infection, did not interest anyone until 2005. Then, however, massive outbreaks of Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection...

ESTCube-2 blog: why are we studying asteroids?

Space technology is great, but what good is it for us, those living on planet Earth?

Why Feed the Gut microbes?

Links between dietary fibre, bacteria in the colon (large intestine) and human health are studied at the laboratory of the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology of the Tallinn University of Technology. In this sense,...

Measuring Oxidative Stress May Help to understand health and disease

While people generally think of oxygen as something that is essential for life, then actually, oxygen is also a poisonous gas, for it reacts readily with various substances. Richard Meitern studied in his Doctoral...

A Step Closer to the Mass Production of Soft Robots

Imagine a smartphone that can be bent around your arm so it would be more comfortable during jogging. Or a soft-shell jacket that can store energy during hiking in the forest. Or soft and...

Tasmanian Devils are Fighting Cancer

Tasmanian devil, whose only natural habitat is the Australian island state of Tasmania, is the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. The infamous “devil cat” is again in the spot light; this time, however, for the...

A TTÜ doctoral thesis provides opportunities for preventing musculoskeletal overload diseases in the upper extremities

Viive Pille defended her doctoral thesis "Development of a Model for the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Upper Extremities" at the Technomedicum of Tallinn University of Technology.

Tracing Nemoriini in the New World leads back to the Old World

Can a butterfly flapping its wings change the world? The butterfly effect is a well-known and much used metaphor—small causes can have large effects. But how has the world changed butterflies? It seems that...

Thermal Impacts from Stormwater are Strongly related to Urbanization and Climate Change

As people are increasingly aware of climate change, a strong drive to implement novel solutions in stormwater management has emerged. Urbanization is an important issue that should be addressed to get better representations...

Simple Methodology gives New Insight into Ecology of Coastal Fish

Various fish species of the Baltic Sea have different habits and daily routines. In order to quantitatively and fully describe the fish assemblage of the surf zone of the Baltic Sea, samples should be...

Philosophical View Illuminates Different Facets of Science

Measuring has often been considered an objective process because it gives numerical—hence non-subjective—information about the world. Numbers are seen as the characteristics of things and phenomena. However, research performed at the University of Tartu...

Strong Glass Needs Stronger Measuring Methods

Imagine an elevator full of ballerinas. On the next floor half of ballerinas go out and the same number of sumo wrestlers comes to the elevator. This is basically what happens during the process...

Power quality issues are becoming increasingly topical

The world is heading rapidly towards more intensive employment of renewable energy sources, which will increasingly affect conventional electricity grids. This change will in turn affect, among other indicators, the power quality.

TTÜ scientists are seeking solutions for cleaning the air from toxic pollutants

The possibilities for reducing toxic air pollution have been investigated for many years under the leadership of Marina Kritševskaja, Senior Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Environmental Technology of the Department of Materials and...

Combining Novel and Classical Methods Give Artefacts Deeper Background

A Roman bronze lamp was found in Kavastu peat bog (Estonia) in 1902.

Simple Strategies help to increase Physical Activity

The lack of physical activity among young people is a global problem, which is getting increasingly worse. According to WHO 81% of 11–17-years-old adolescents are not sufficiently active. Smart devices, parents driving children to...

University of Tartu researchers made a breakthrough in the development of human papillomavirus drugs

Researchers of the University of Tartu and Icosagen Cell Factory OÜ have published an article in PLOS Pathogens journal, which introduces the new cellular monitoring system for evaluating the growth of human papillomavirus (HPV)...

New spin-off in motion sensing for rehabilitation

In cooperation with the Estonian Society of Multiple Sclerosis, Eliko has developed a solution to improve the care of patients with neurodegenerative diseases. The technology enables care providers to objectively assess patients’ motor abilities,...

Researchers seek new opportunities for making better use of the increasing stormwater volumes

Increasing stormwater volumes caused by climate changes is becoming more and more a global problem. A couple years ago the Mechanics of Fluids and Structures Research Group of Tallinn University of Technology set a...

Wing Colour of Common Gulls reflects Their Longevity

The appreciation of beauty is highly evolved among birds. The incredible variety of bird plumage coloration is mainly the result of birds choosing the prettiest among them for mating partners. A pretty bird is...