Astronaut Andreas Mogensen taking chocolate mousse for dessert at the space station. Photo: European Space Agency ESA

On December 4, 2023, Finland's renowned science center Heureka will connect with the International Space Station (ISS) in a unique event titled "Do You Copy, Orbit?". Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen will answer questions sent in advance by Finnish schoolchildren, focusing on space and technology, directly from the ISS's orbit.

The "Do You Copy, Orbit?" event, tailored for school groups, will run from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Professors Tarik Taleb and Mehdi Bennis, from the University of Oulu's 6G flagship.

Researchers from the University of Oulu, Mehdi Bennis and Tarik Taleb, have solidified their positions among the world's most cited scholars, making it onto the prestigious Highly Cited Researchers list once again. This recognition places them in the top one percent of their field based on the number of citations their research publications have received.

Out of 16 Finnish researchers who made it to the list this year, two are from the University of Oulu's Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) and the Academy of Finland's coordinated 6G flagship initiative.

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Digitization of natural history collections. Photo: LUOMUS

In a major leap forward for scientific research and policy-making, Finland's natural science collections are undergoing extensive digitalization, as part of a broader European effort. It's estimated that Europe's collections alone contain 1.5 billion specimens, and this wealth of quality nature data is set to become accessible to scientists, policy-makers, and the public alike.

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VTT's 5-qubit quantum computer.

Finland marks a significant milestone in the technological sphere as VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland unveils the nation's first five-qubit quantum computer for the use of Finnish and European companies. This pioneering move allows businesses to delve into the development of quantum algorithms and software, and to assess their applicability in solving practical computational problems.

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Google Maps is set to become even more intuitive and helpful with a suite of new AI-driven features aimed at enhancing search capabilities and navigation experiences for its users.

According to The Verge, the upcoming updates will introduce immersive navigation and driving directions that are easier to follow, alongside more structured search outcomes. In a move to emulate the effectiveness of Google Search, Maps will now cater to broad and varied user queries.

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Water tanks holding contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. (Credit: IAEA)

The decision by the Japanese government to release treated wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean has ignited a storm of controversy and diplomatic strife. Several nations have promptly responded by halting imports of Japanese seafood, highlighting a complex mesh of environmental, health, and political factors at play. 

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The full 100,000 m2 of the largest exhibition center of Italy, Fiera Di Roma was occupied by the Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition 2023.

#MFR2023 emerges as a vibrant confluence of technology, creativity, and innovation. This annual faire , open to an enthusiastic public, unfolds in the timeless city of Rome, setting a stage for a gathering unlike any other. It's a place where innovators, makers, enthusiasts, and visionaries from across Europe and beyond converge to share, inspire, and ignite the spark of ingenious ideas.

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A girl texting on a smartphone.

WhatsApp users, rejoice! The popular messaging app is set to unveil a feature that many have been clamoring for – the ability to operate two accounts on a single device.

This anticipated update was recently announced by Mark Zuckerberg, and according to TechCrunch, Android users will be among the first to experience it in the upcoming weeks.

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Cancer cells are growing in the protein solution spot on the research substrate. The growth medium is artificial, yet it resembles human tissue. The scale of the image (white line) is 50 micrometers. Photo: James Conway and Hellyeh Hamidi, Turku Biomedicine Centre

Researchers from the University of Turku, Turku Bioscience Centre, in collaboration with Misvik Biology Oy, have pioneered a method to explore the behavior of cancer cells in both soft and rigid tissues. This groundbreaking discovery unravels the mystery of how cancer cells from solid tumors can spread and thrive in softer tissues, such as the liver.

Typically, a cancerous tumor is a hard lump, distinct from surrounding tissue. Numerous studies have indicated that stiffer tissues promote the growth of cancer cells.

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In a groundbreaking initiative, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has unveiled the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to revolutionize occupational safety. A four-year research project, titled "Improving Safety Management through Data Mining – AI Safety," conducted in collaboration with four Finnish industrial companies, explored how machine learning methods could enhance safety management and occupational safety protocols.

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Photo: Eric Bailey

The City of Espoo and Technology Industries of Finland have announced a strategic collaboration aimed at recruiting international IT experts to Finland. By working closely with employers and the Talent Boost network, which promotes international recruitment, the partnership aims to create a comprehensive service concept covering the entire recruitment cycle. This initiative will identify the skill needs of companies and assist the recruited talents and their families in settling in Finland.

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