Marian Männi

Marian Männi is an Estonian investigative journalist.

Magic helps out in the least religious country – Estonia

Estonians may not say they are religious in polls, but they do have diverse spiritual beliefs, which is helpful in times of plagues and personal crises, according to Estonian folklorist Reet Hiiemäe. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. Fear and belief go hand in hand, research has shown, …

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Estonian architect is looking for the perfect wooden lego blocks

Sille Pihlak, an architect and a researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts, plays with wood to make buildings greener and more efficient. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. Populations are growing, cities are expanding and new homes pop up all around the world. This comes at …

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Estonian scientist: Eating small fish benefits the Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea is coming back to life and there is no need to stop eating fish, according to an Estonian scientist, Joonas Plaan. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. If we cared enough about our planet, we should all give up eating fish. This was the overall …

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Estonian and Spanish researchers create a smart dress that will play with your mind

Smart textile can help us gain control over our bodies using technology, fabrics and art, the Spanish-Estonian research project, Magic Lining, showed. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. “We believe that we have this one body, but it is actually changing all the time,” Ana Tajadura-Jiménez, a …

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Estonian scientists: 3D-printed pills can change health care

Scientists at the University of Tartu are looking for the perfect tablet that could be 3D printed at a pharmacy. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. We all have different bodies, but the pills we’re swallowing are often identical. An elderly lady, an obese middle-aged man and …

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Tallinn’s new self-driving bus emerged from a university robotics course

The self-driving shuttle bus now officially in the streets of Tallinn emerged from a university robotics course. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. It feels like being in a giant toy car. There’s almost no sound, no steering wheel, no pedals, and, well, no driver either. Unless …

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Algorithms run the Estonian state – and people trust it

A good digital government is built on good math, not just good people, according to cyberlaw scholar and legal philosopher Helen Eenmaa-Dimitrieva. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. Every Estonian citizen has an ID number written on a card they use to communicate with the government. They slip …

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