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Stanford to host a roundtable featuring Baltic foreign ministers and professor Anna Grzymala-Busse

On 1 June, the Stanford University Libraries will hold a roundtable featuring Baltic foreign ministers and political scientist Anna Grzymala-Busse as part of the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University. The roundtable is titled “Baltic exceptionalism?” and it’s featuring Sven Mikser, the foreign minister of Estonia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, his Latvian …

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The University of Tartu represented with 18 subjects in global rankings

The latest QS World University Rankings includes 18 subjects taught at the University of Tartu, five more than in 2017. To compile the rankings, the international consulting company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) gathers information on 4,000 universities all over the world and ranks just a small part of them. The new …

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University of Tartu biologists make an important Alzheimer’s discovery

Cooperation between researchers in the United States and at the University of Tartu in Estonia helps discover changes in brain tissue that are associated with the very early stages of dementia. The cause of nearly half of all cases of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. It is estimated that 47 million …

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The Stanford University Libraries to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Baltic republics

The Stanford University Libraries will be hosting a conference at Stanford University that will celebrate two important milestones – the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) and the 100th anniversary of independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The 2018 AABS conference …

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An Estonian university opens an IT curriculum in English for expats

From February 2018, foreigners and expats living in Estonia can study information technology (IT) in English on the undergraduate level for the first time. The curriculum, Software Development and Entrepreneurship, is focused on the skills Estonian IT companies are looking for. The new initiative comes about as the Estonian students’ numbers …

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The trilobite and its compound eye. (A) Holotype. (B) Head region of A. (C) Fields of view. (D) Abraded part of the right eye. Arrowheads indicate the ommatidial columns. (E) Lateral view of the right eye. (F) Schematic drawing of E. (G) Two visual units (big arrows in D). (H) Schematic drawing of G. (Scale bars: A–C, 1 cm; D, 1 mm; E and F, 2 mm; and G, 200 μm.) Photo: National Academy of Sciences

Scientists discover the world’s oldest eye in a fossil found in Estonia

Scientists have discovered the world’s oldest eye in a 530-million-year-old fossil that was found in Estonia. The fossil in question belongs to a creature known as a trilobite (schmidtiellus reetae) that lived in the Palaezoic era 541 to 251 million years ago, according to a science blog, IFLScience.com. The discovery …

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Seven Estonian scientists among the world’s most impactful researchers

According to the ranking compiled by Clarivate Analytics, a US-based company that owns and operates a collection of subscription-based services focused on scientific and academic research, seven Estonian scientists are among the world’s highly cited researchers. The list, released on 15 November, identifies the most frequently cited researchers as determined by the extent …

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