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  • Science for Life: Russian Inventions That Changed Our Lives

    Today, on February 8, we celebrate Russian Science Day. This date commemorates the founding of the Russian Academy of Sciences by Peter the Great. Every day, our team reports on the latest discoveries made at ITMO. On previous occasions, we brought you a comprehensive timeline of science at ITMO and shared the real stories of our young researchers. Today, we invite you to learn more about just a few of the times when science changed our lives – and what it will bring us in the future.


  • New Generation of Wireless Chargers Developed at ITMO: Here’s How It Can Change Your Life

    Imagine not having to untangle cables or search the entire office for someone who has the same charger as you. What if you could just walk into a room and all of your devices would charge on their own? It sounds unreal, but that technology is exactly what scientists at ITMO are working on right now. They recently revealed a new type of wireless charger – a box that evenly distributes a magnetic field within itself. To charge your device, all you need to do is place it anywhere inside the contraption. That is also what distinguishes it from existing wireless smartphone chargers, which are capable of transferring energy only across short distances. Our latest special project explains how this technology works, why it is completely safe, and whether it can be expanded to cover an entire room. To learn more, follow this link.


  • Social Sciences in the Era of Social Networks: Studying Selfies, Likes and Geotags

    What is digital philosophy? Why do we need to study Instagram and other social networks? And how can social scientists actually benefit from such research? The workshop Instagram the Almighty: Using Digital Sphere in Research was held within the framework of the Digital Humanities Week in St. Petersburg. Nina Bochkova, a digital scientist and a Master’s student at Nizhny Novgorod Pedagogical University, explained how the humanities can use social networks and why they might need it. 


  • ScienceMedia Hackathon for Aspiring Journalists at ITMO University

    This year marks the fifth time that St. Petersburg hosts ScienceMedia, a competition that brings together talented and motivated students interested in science journalism. This was the second time that the event was held in the format of a hackathon. A total of 75 students from 25 Russian regions took part in the competition. In the course of two days, they listened to lectures, solved practical tasks, and were given 24 hours to come up with a full-fledged longread covering the tours they’d been to. Read on to learn more about the competition and its participants.


  • Tournament for Two Capitals: High School Children Presented their Robots

    ITMO University hosted semifinals of the Tournament for Two Capitals competition (Turnir Dvukh Stolits). Over 70 teams from schools of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast presented their robots. The jury chose the 20 best teams that will compete with young engineers from Moscow on May 13-14. 


  • “YellowRockets:” How Russian Startupers Enter Global Markets

    In 2014, YellowRockets  (the previous name StartupSamara) was a small community with rare meetings – now it is a large accelerator, which already attracted over 600 million rub for startups and entered different international markets. According to the accelerator’s head Sergei Bogdanov, its main achievement is that more and more young entrepreneurs are interested in this activity. 


  • The More Chocolate the Better Test Results — What Really Helps to Prepare for Exams?

    Chocolate stimulates brain activity, cheat notes help memorize information better — everybody knows these tips for students who want to pass exams well. Are they scientific facts or just superstitions? Here is what researchers think about these "rules."


  • It’s Hard to Be a Superhero: Rector Vladimir Vasilyev Shares Some Life Tips

    ITMO University’s Career Service Centre launched the ITMO.SuperHeroes project, the first meeting was held on 3 March. The special guest speaker, Vladimir Vasilyev, ITMO’s Rector, talked about his own super villain, the dream team and the first non-classical university.


  • Gutenberg’s Lounge: Human-like Intelligence or a Spotless Mind?

    Now robots can write poems, play Go and win as well as make jokes. It seems that they will soon feel like we do and surpass all humans. Alexey Potapov, professor at ITMO and St. Petersburg State University, author of books on AI and speaker of the science popular project Gutenberg's Lounge, shared about how to empower AI, why it is wrong to create AI in the image and likeness of the human brain and how to control "smart" machines.


  • Society or Scientists: Who Needs Science Communication More?

    Peter Broks, sociologist and visiting professor at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and Andrey Kozhanov, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Higher School of Economics, speakers of the two-day educational course "Theory and Practice of Science Communication", debate on the roles of science communication, its applications and influence on society.