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The performance of ventilation must be improved in unrenovated apartment buildings

A PhD student at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of TTÜ School of Engineering Simo Ilomets will defend his doctoral thesis "Renovation Need and Performance of Envelopes of Concrete Apartment Buildings in...

Tallinn University of Technology is close to a breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

The research group of mechanisms of neuronal death and survival at the TTÜ Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology led by Associate Professor Urmas Arumäe has, with support from personal research funding (i.e. funding for...

Natural Sciences and Geoinformatics Together Give a Clue about the Past

In the Baltic Sea region, many Stone Age shore-connected settlement sites have been found, which are presently located far from the seashore. The post-glacial land uplift has caused this situation.

Bioaffinity Chromatography Impels Drug Development

Understanding interactions between proteins and biomolecules is an essential aspect for the drug development and discovery program. Targeting the proteins associated with a disease with specific therapeutic agents in order to alter their function...

Stormwater quality has improved significantly in the area of Tallinn

Recently Bharat Maharjan defended his doctoral thesis ‟Stormwater Quantity and Quality of Large Urban Catchment in Tallinn”.

Literary City in Estonian Prose reflects the Urbanization Process

In Estonia, people started to move into towns in late 19th and early 20th century. This brought about great changes to the way of living and urban culture started to develop. Estonian prose from...

Simple Framework helps to evaluate Researchers’ Performance

Is a researcher doing a good job when he or she publishes many articles? Or does the key factor lie somewhere else? The question of evaluating the performance of researchers is important because often...

TTÜ doctoral thesis investigated the creation of shared service centres for public sector accounting

Kaide Tammel defended her doctoral thesis "Creating Shared Service Centers for Public Sector Accounting: The Case of Estonia" at TTÜ Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance.

Consumer Culture gives an Alternative Insight into National Identity

Dilemmas caused by multicultural society are not anything new, but some events place the role of ethnic minorities into a new context. For example, the role of Russian ethnic minorities in former Soviet countries...

Song Selection reflects Cultural Background

Estonians are known as the singing nation because of the Singing Revolution and the tradition of Song Celebrations (SCs), which dates back to 1869. Music lessons with professionally trained music teachers are part of...

TTÜ chemists have invented novel aerogels

For the last three years, the research group of the Lead Research Scientist of the TTÜ Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology Mihkel Koel has studied aerogels with the help of personal research funding (i.e....

The Wood industry is More Innovative than Forestry

Forest and innovation—how could these two fit in one sentence? Innovation refers to changes but trees grow in the same way as they have grown since the beginning of times. However, the forest sector...

How were ‘golden fabrics’ made in the Middle Ages and who wore them?

Vanity and a taste for luxury were not unknown to the citizens of medieval Tartu. Woven brocaded silk garments, embellished with precious metal threads, were undoubtedly the most expensive and desirable items on the...

Artificial sweeteners: a growing environmental hazard

Recently an article "Oxidative degradation of emerging micropollutant acesulfame in aqueous matrices by UVA-induced H2O2/Fe2+ and S2O82-/Fe2+ processes" on the research of a group of TTÜ scientists was published in a prestigious peer reviewed...

Mineral Fertilizers have Advantages over Slurry and Manure

Fertilization is often associated with different environmental problems. It is generally assumed that manure and slurry are more environmentally friendly compared to mineral fertilizers, but a doctoral thesis recently defended at the Estonian University...

Improving Enzymes help to produce Alternative Energy

Rising living standards and increasing world population make it necessary to search for alternatives to petroleum-based products as energy carriers.

UT Scientists Created an Effective Vaccine Candidate for a Dangerous Tropical Disease

The tropical Chikungunya fever, whose course is generally much more severe than that of viral Zika virus (ZIKV) infection, did not interest anyone until 2005. Then, however, massive outbreaks of Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection...

ESTCube-2 blog: why are we studying asteroids?

Space technology is great, but what good is it for us, those living on planet Earth?

Why Feed the Gut microbes?

Links between dietary fibre, bacteria in the colon (large intestine) and human health are studied at the laboratory of the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology of the Tallinn University of Technology. In this sense,...

Measuring Oxidative Stress May Help to understand health and disease

While people generally think of oxygen as something that is essential for life, then actually, oxygen is also a poisonous gas, for it reacts readily with various substances. Richard Meitern studied in his Doctoral...

A Step Closer to the Mass Production of Soft Robots

Imagine a smartphone that can be bent around your arm so it would be more comfortable during jogging. Or a soft-shell jacket that can store energy during hiking in the forest. Or soft and...

Tasmanian Devils are Fighting Cancer

Tasmanian devil, whose only natural habitat is the Australian island state of Tasmania, is the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. The infamous “devil cat” is again in the spot light; this time, however, for the...

A TTÜ doctoral thesis provides opportunities for preventing musculoskeletal overload diseases in the upper extremities

Viive Pille defended her doctoral thesis "Development of a Model for the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Upper Extremities" at the Technomedicum of Tallinn University of Technology.

Tracing Nemoriini in the New World leads back to the Old World

Can a butterfly flapping its wings change the world? The butterfly effect is a well-known and much used metaphor—small causes can have large effects. But how has the world changed butterflies? It seems that...

Thermal Impacts from Stormwater are Strongly related to Urbanization and Climate Change

As people are increasingly aware of climate change, a strong drive to implement novel solutions in stormwater management has emerged. Urbanization is an important issue that should be addressed to get better representations...