Estonian science

How dreams come true: a living example of an Estonian scientist

Marika Mikelsaar and Mihkel Zilmer led the University of Tartu workgroup that discovered the ME-3 probiotic bacteria that protects human health by attacking harmful microbes and contributing to physical well-being; ME-3 is now added to the food or sold as capsules in the UK, France, Italy, Australia and other countries. …

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Top 10 inventions developed in the Estonian universities

The best universities in Estonia have not only produced many smart people, but also smart products and useful tools.* The University of Tartu is now among the top two per cent of the world’s universities, and the highest ranked in the Baltic states. Similarly, the Tallinn University of Technology, whose alumni include world-class …

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The government is to give 100,000 Estonians information about their genetic risks

The Estonian government will allocate €5 million to a development project that aims to collect the genetic data of 100,000 people and integrate it into everyday medical practice by giving people feedback of their personal genetic risks. The general purpose of the project is to boost the development of personalised …

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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 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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University of Tartu’s computer science gets international recognition

The University of Tartu is one of the two Central and Eastern European universities to enter the Times Higher Education Rankings in computer science, having been ranked among the top 250 universities in the world. The British journal, the Times Higher Education, has compiled rankings that are considered the most …

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Eastern Europeans want to retire earlier than Western Europeans

The retirement age could be raised in all European Union member states, but Eastern and Western Europeans are not on the same page on this – as Estonian sociologist Ave Roots has found out. The European Union would like to reach the point where three-quarters of all people of working age …

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Estonian scientist discovers a link between education and heart disease

A team of researchers, led by an Estonian scientist, has discovered that staying in education causes less heart disease. Taavi Tillmann from the University College London worked with a team of international researchers to make this discovery, providing the strongest evidence to date that increasing the number of years people …

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