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The Baltic Finns were Vikings too, but the world ignores it

The Estonian archaeologist, Marika Mägi, argues that the Baltic Finns – the people who lived in the territories of modern Finland and Estonia – were Vikings, too, but the world ignores this fact. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. A scientist’s long crusade for making the world …

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Vaivara, Ida-Virumaa. Estonian electricity is produced by first digging up huge swaths of some of the most picturesque landscapes in Ida-Virumaa, collecting millions of metric tons of dirt-like oil shale and then just burning it all. The byproduct of this hardcore practice is… even cooler-looking landscapes. Unnatural, sure, but after the mines and massive ash-piles have been deserted, new life begins in those artificial hillocks.

A new research project maps the impacts of moving away from oil shale in Estonia

A new research project aims to map the impacts of the Estonian energy system switching away from oil shale and oil shale mining on the residents of the country’s Ida-Viru County. Ida-Viru County is the most northeastern part of Estonia. The county contains large deposits of oil shale – the …

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How did Estonia become a new role model in digital education?

Estonia, the leading education nation in Europe – number one in PISA testing in Europe – has become a role model for digital education; Estonians have made ICT work for education, and they have several solutions that fully support distance learning. This is a paid content. Estonia, the Northern European …

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The University of Tartu achieves a new record in the world rankings

According to one of the most important higher education lists, the QS World University Rankings, the University of Tartu now holds its best global position ever. The university’s position in the rankings has improved from 501 in 2012 to 285 for the 2020/2021 academic year, its highest ever and sixteen places higher than last …

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Study: the easing of the coronavirus restrictions in Estonia is justified

According to the results of the third wave of a monitoring study, conducted by the University of Tartu, the easing of the coronavirus restrictions in Estonia is justified. The third wave of the monitoring study was conducted from 22-31 May to assess whether the easing of the restrictions on movement …

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Why are Estonian mushroom scientists among the best in the world?

Estonia has become the world’s centre of mycology against all odds. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. Around every fifth person in Tartu, Estonia’s second-largest town, is a student. The life revolves around the University of Tartu, founded in 1632. This small riverside town hosts some of …

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A new chapter in the search for extraterrestrial life

The Estonian researcher, Mihkel Pajusalu, and his American colleagues have conducted a new type of scientific experiment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and conclude that there are grounds for looking for life from a lot more celestial bodies than previously thought. This article is published in collaboration with Research in …

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