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The holidays are perfect not only for partying and sleeping, but also for doing what you’ve always been putting off. Tired of socializing and stuffing yourself? Spend some time with an enlightening film or a great book. We’ve prepared a list of some of the books and movies you should check out this holiday season.
One of the most renowned scientists of our generation, John Ioannidis, came to St. Petersburg to deliver an open lecture at ITMO University. The hour-long talk focused on the shortcomings of contemporary medical research and how clinical testing can be made trustworthy again by putting the “evidence” back into “evidence-based medicine”. ITMO.NEWS provides the highlights of the lecture.
We continue to explore what makes photonics so cool – and why thousands of scientists around the world are drawn to this field.
What is photonics? For one, it is a highly promising field of research that holds the key to our future. But what’s so great about it, and why is it about to kick regular electronics’ butt? Learn the answer in our illustrated series about a bright little fella called Photon.
Humanity’s understanding of the world has expanded far into space and deep into the structure of matter, and mathematical science became our guide into the world of the counterintuitive and the unimaginable. Alexey Semikhatov, a science communicator, PhD, and scientific curator of the Moscow Polytechnic Museum, joined ITMO University’s open lecture series at New Holland to talk about how the logical abilities of the human brain, as formalized in maths, help us forecast the yet-undiscovered areas of the universe. Learn the highlights from Dr. Semikhatov’s lecture in the article below; you can also watch the complete lecture (in Russian) here.
If you practice music for 10,000 hours, you’ll become a professional musician, and your brain will change, bringing you lots of perks for dealing with challenges in other areas of life, say psychologists and neurobiologists. No, answer genetics, if a child doesn’t have an innate talent for music, there is no way you can make them practice for 10,000 hours. And if they have a talent, it doesn’t matter whether they want to do music or not; they will be able to solve problems with an ease similar to that of a musician, and it isn’t because they’ve practiced, but because they fundamentally have good genes. This was the topic of the recent Okhta Lab lecture by a science journalist Asya Kazantseva.
Popular science movies are gradually gaining popularity both in Russia and abroad. On November 20-21, the Days of Science Cinema were held in Russia for the fourth time. ITMO University also participated in the festival with two films about artificial intelligence and an artificial star. ITMO.NEWS asked the event’s coordinators about how to organize your own film festival and why watch science movies in the first place.
October 28 is the International Animation Day. On this day in 1892, French artist and inventor Emile Reynaud publicly presented his Théâtre Optique”, the first animation technology. Among other things, animation has often been used to explain science in a simple and comprehensible manner. In order to commemorate this ground-breaking invention, we propose you watch some popular science cartoons!
Science Fest, a grandiose celebration of science, has yet again been hosted in St. Petersburg. Held on September 22-23, the event spread over ten unique spaces in the city: the usual Planetarium and Lumiere Hall were joined by the museums of optics, cosmonautics, and railway transport, the Lenpoligraphmash creative space, the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, and the landmark Annenkirche church. The extensive program reflected the festival’s key message: science is a valued contributor to all aspects of our life.
“Geography for All”, an international summer school hosted by the Russian Geographical Society, has just wrapped up at ITMO University. This year, the event was dedicated to popularization of geography. Over the course of a week, students from all over Russia and the CIS countries attended a whirlwind of lectures and workshops of renowned bloggers, science communicators, globetrotters, and public figures, who shared their tips and tricks for making science buzz. The summer school is the first milestone of cooperation between ITMO University’s Science Communication and Outreach Office and the Russian Geographical Society aimed at popularization of geography. This partnership gives ITMO’s Master’s students access to an expert community of leading geographers, which will be invaluable for developing new science communication tools.