Schönbrunn Palace - Where All the Magic Happens

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The Pearl in the Crown of the Habsburgs

There is one place in Vienna, which is a must-visit for anybody, who is spending time in the city. Home to Maria Theresa, Princes Sisi, Franz Joseph, and many more, the palace is a remarkable example of the beautiful harmony between Baroque and Rococo. Centuries-old, the summer residence of the Habsburgs is still one of the most magnetic views in the Austrian capital. Nowadays all of us can enter the imperial world and walk the footsteps of the legendary inhabitants of the palace.

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A Breath of Fresh Air on Mars

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An Instrument Brought by Perseverance Creates Oxygen

We all know, that one of the main reasons we are still not all over the planets in the solar system is the lack of Oxygen. Not only because it is an essential part of what we breathe, but also because it is needed for the production of rocket fuel, which would make returning from a distant planet to Earth possible. Now, thanks to an instrument brought to Mars by the Perseverance rover, we are a step closer to solving this problem.

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It's Election Time

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Crossref to Hold Elections for Board Members

Crossref has always been a great example of democracy in terms of governance. Giving equal opportunity to both "small" and "big" in terms of finance members to become part of the board of the organization ensures, that as diverse a representation of the scholarly community as possible is achieved. Now it is time to say goodbye to five of the current board members and to elect the new ones.

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Beauty and Convenience by ProQuest

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Introducing Their New Website

Librarians, teachers, researchers - every day thousands of people visit the website of ProQuest. After collecting extensive feedback, the company decided it is time for something new. They claim they built "a website that meets your needs". Introduced at the end of April, about.proquest.com has already attracted many positive reviews and comments the visitors.

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Blades of Glory - The First Helicopter on Mars

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Helicoptering the Red Planet

For thousands of years, mankind has been gazing at the sky, wondering and creating theories about what is there. In 1610, Galileo started the era of scientific exploration of space with the first telescopic observations of the night sky. 300 years later, on June 20, 1944, the V-2 rocket for the first time passed the Karman line (the border between earth atmosphere and space) and marked the first official space flight. On February 20, 1947, the first animals - fruit flies, were launched into space. And so, step by step, we reached the moment, when the first man-made object is going to take off, hover, and land back on the surface of Mars. Let's see what is all the fuss about...

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Beautiful on the Beach - Be a ZOOM Master

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Beach and Zoom???

We are now living in times, where most of our interaction has moved online. From work meetings to birthday parties and church services - so much is now happening in the virtual space. There is one tool, that definitely makes our online lives much easier - Zoom. Before the pandemics, we considered it just one of those things, that let you have a video conversation with your colleagues in another office. Now it has become an essential part of our lives. But do we know how to get the most of it?

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From Travelling in an Orange Box to being a God in Vanuatu - Curious Facts About HRH Prince Philip

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A Legend is Gone

On April 9th, just two months before turning 100, HRH Prince Philip quietly passed away in his home. The world lost a truly fascinating person. His difficult childhood and his career in the Royal Navy made him a tough, some may even say "rude", but in the same time naturally close to the ground person. And while we all know he is the longest-serving Prince Consort of the United Kingdom, there are many curious things about his life, that remain kind of in the background and that we would like to share with you now.

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You Have 11 New Friend Requests - Easy Steps to Successful Conference Networking

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"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others."

... says an old African proverb. And a conference is a great place to find these others. In modern times, when traveling is easier than ever and communication with the other end of the world is just a matter of few taps on your phone's screen, networking is what brings progress. However, it is not an easy task and it makes many of us anxious. The reason - we simply don't know how to do it properly. We are going to share few hacks, that will help you meet many new people and establish meaningful connections.

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Graphene - Stronger Than Chuck Norris?

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Is That the Material of the Future?

Discovered by accident in 2004, graphene is one of the strongest materials available nowadays. Many call it a "miracle material" or the "material of the future". But what is it, where can it be applied, and is it really the solution to all our problems? Let's find out together.

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When Bunnies Don't Lay Eggs

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Lesser-Known Easter Traditions From Around the World

Easter is just around the corner for the Catholic and Protestant world and coming soon for the Orthodox. The Easter bunny and the colorful eggs are probably the most widespread symbols of the holiday. But all around the world, there are different customs, which people adopted in order to celebrate the most important holiday in the Christian calendar. Let's take a look at some of them!
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The Bank Effect - How Physics Blocked The Suez Channel

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Ever Given Explained

This year spring came with an event, that attracted the attention of the whole world. For more than several days, people are carefully following the course of the events around Ever Given, one of the biggest cargo ships in the world, who got stuck in the Suez Channel. And while many theories have been spread about what caused this situation, one thing is sure - Physics could have an important role in worldwide economics.

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The Florentine Walls of Michelangelo - Because David is Too Mainstream

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The Un-Ordinary Art of Michelangelo

We have all heard about David, Pieta, and the Sistine Chapel. Or maybe not all. If you have lived all your life in a cave in the vicinity of an isolated village, where the only electricity around is from the lightnings during a storm, you probably haven't. But then you wouldn't be reading this and would just have the feeling, that you are missing something out. What not many of us have heard about, are two places in Florence, where the Renaissance genius has left his mark in a rather unusual way. This is what we are going to explore today.

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Research Integrity: Two Words - A lot of Meaning

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The Chivalry of Scientific Research

Scientific research exists as long as science does. For centuries people around the world were making an effort to help us better understand everything that is happening around us and to ensure the progress of humanity. Unfortunately, not always the goals are as pure and noble. Greed or thirst for fame leads to lower research standards or misleading results. This is the reason Research Integrity has become one of the most important topics in the scientific world.

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Ostriches Stick Their Heads Into The Ground When Threatened

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NO THEY DON'T! .... and other myths

There are many things, that we are told and we accept for granted. But we always forget the most important thing in the world - Science. As an ostrich has its legs to run or fight the threat, we have Science to teach us, how things actually work. So let's stop sticking our heads into the ground and learn the actual truth about some of the most popular myths we believe are true.

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The 23 Bezirke of Dreams - Vienna That We (Don't) Know

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The City of Dreams

Many believe Vienna is called the City of Dreams because Sigmund Freud - the father of psychoanalysis, lived there. But is it so? Ever since the Romans established the fortified town of Vindobona in 15 BC, the city has given us many things to dream about - music, desserts, wine, and so on. Here are some, more or less, known facts about Vienna that will make you dream about visiting it and dwelling into its imperial beauty.

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The Ig Nobel - Or is Michael Gorbachev the Antichrist

The Stinker - the official mascot of the Ig Noble Prizes

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A Prize That First Makes People Laugh, and Then Makes Them Think

We have all heard about the Nobel prize - the grandest dream achievement of every scientist. But exactly 30 years ago the scientific world started celebrating the work of those who deal with the smaller and sometimes absurd-looking questions about the life, universe, and everything. Since then, every year on the First Annual Awards Ceremony the Ig Nobel Prizes are given to scientists who first make us laugh and then make us think.

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Vienna or Greenenna - Dancing Waltz in a Sustainable Way

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The Greenest City in the World

In 2020, marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Resonance Consultancy did thorough research and published its "World's Greenest Cities" ranking. Not surprisingly, the first place went to Vienna. This is the result of many years of careful city planning and integration of environment protection measures into the city development. But how and why Vienna won this recognition?

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Florence - an entire city of Mind-blowing History and Beauty

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The Magic of the Renaissance

In the 14th century, a drastic change in the way people were thinking and the art they were making started happening in Europe. One city - Florence, had the most important role in this change. The home of Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, and Niccolo Machiavelli has preserved so much of the renaissance art and architecture created there, that now it is considered the Living museum of this period.

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N₂O - Where Science Meets Fun

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Who Said Science Can't be Funny

We all need a good laugh. Especially after a hard week of studying, working, researching, and doing other smart things. We at SWS Society recognize that science is not always the serious stuff we do in our labs or behind the desk. This is why we are starting a column, that will make us all laugh from time to time. Enjoy!

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Albena - A Piece of Paradise on the Black Sea Coast

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50 Years of Excellence

For more than 50 years, Albena has been one of the best resorts on the Black Sea coast. Golden Sand, crystal-clear water, and high-level accommodation are just a small part of what the resort can offer. Since it was opened in 1969, Albena aims to be a "Green" Resort and constantly implements new ecological measures. All this makes the place perfect for both leisure and conference tourism.

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