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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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Kindergarten teaching in Estonia balances between education goals and game-based learning

Kindergarten education in Estonia is built on a system that balances between children being children who have a lot of possibilities for free play, and, on the other hand, competent teachers who organise integrated learning experiences and support the kids to learn through the games. This article is published in …

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A green revolution in the economy is possible thanks to data

Transition to a green economy not only requires idealism and initiative but also data; Estonia’s Rohetiiger (Green Tiger) collaboration platform is seeking to boost the development of green economy and among other plans, the platform wants to develop a system for data-driven assessment of products’ environmental footprint. It was in …

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An Estonian FUBAR: How an Afghan student lost his place in university because of the Taliban – and Estonian inflexibility

An Afghan citizen was accepted to Tallinn University in November 2020 to study at the School of Natural Sciences and Health; now, when the 2021 schoolyear began, he got stuck in India and couldn’t make it to Tallinn in time because of the Taliban takeover of his country – and …

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TalTech improves its global rank, Tallinn University slides

The latest World University Rankings, compiled by the British journal, Times Higher Education, has ranked four Estonian higher education institutions: TalTech – the Tallinn University of Technology – is ranked higher than in 2020, while the University of Tartu has kept the same position and Tallinn University has slipped; for …

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Research: living at home may not offer protection from psychological emergency

According to a study conducted by the crisis sociology team of the University of Tartu Institute of Social Studies, living at home – compared with living at a rehabilitation centre, for example – may not offer protection from psychological emergency during a pandemic. In the research, representatives of Estonian care …

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Estonian study: people vaccinated against COVID may carry it, but mostly don’t get sick

The recent stage of a coronavirus prevalence study, led by Estonia’s University of Tartu, confirms that the COVID-19 vaccines protect against getting sick, but a vaccinated person may still be a virus carrier. Because of a change in the sample, this stage of the study allows to draw reliable conclusions …

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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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