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    Researchers at HIIT and Max Planck Institute for Informatics show how computer vision -based hand tracking and vibration feedback on the user’s hand can be used to steer the user’s hand toward an object of interest. A study shows an almost three-fold advantage in finding objects from complex visual scenes, such as library or supermarket shelves.

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  • 10/12/12--02:21: More than just church images
  • Over 23,000 high quality pictures, virtual 3d-models and interactive learning techniques: The KUVIO image archive, hosted by Helsinki University’s Faculty of Theology, is becoming a cutting-edge online database of European worship architecture.Until the early 1990s, the word had been considered truer and more reasonable in North European Protestantism than the image.

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  • 10/15/12--05:51: Debating divorce
  • Last weekend, the University of Helsinki hosted the European Divorce Research Conference. About 60 researchers discussed separation and divorce from sociological, economic and demographic perspectives. At the beginning of the 20th century, nearly all marriages in Finland ended with the death of a spouse.

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    “Just a few decades ago we were slim and fit, now we are fat and feeble. Our genes have not kept up with the change,” says Leif Groop, a FiDiPro professor and one of the world’s best-known diabetes researchers. Type 2 diabetes is the world’s fastest growing disease, most notably in Asia and the Far East.

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    Researchers from the University of Helsinki believe they have found stem cells that play a crucial role in the new growth of blood vessels. These cells that reside in the walls of vessels will open up new horizons in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders and cancer once we learn to isolate and efficiently produce them.

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    Have a look at the University’s first iPad publication and learn more about green treasures in Helsinki“We will start offering aeroponic green roofs next year,” enthuses Mikko Sonninen, who has studied forest sciences and plant biology as well as tropical and development studies on the Viikki Campus.

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    Helsinki International UB Horse Show is ranked as the highest, i.e., five star international show jumping competition. It brings the world’s elite of riders to Helsinki: 270 competing horse riders and 350 horses. The University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Equine Hospital led by the Director Kati Niinistö are in charge of the medication of the race horses.

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    Otava and Rovio Learning collaborate in learning materials, research coordinated by CICERO Learning“Rovio believes in fun learning,” says Sanna Lukander, the company’s VP of Books. Angry Birds activity books will be introduced at the Helsinki Book Fair opening on 25 October.

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    Alumna of the year, Professor Laura Kolbe, wants to include the University community in political decision-making.Without the University, Helsinki would just be a network of empty, windy streets crowded onto a small peninsula – nothing like the vibrant city we know. The central role played by the University is obvious in its very location on Senate Square, designed by the architect Carl Ludvig Engel – the University stands as an equal to Helsinki Cathedral and Government Palace.

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    With the help of Helsinki University infrastructure funding, the Cognitive Brain Research Unit CBRU has acquired a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device. Being neither invasive nor painful, TMS breaks new ground for brain navigation and research. Our brain contains about 100 billion neurons that continuously communicate through electrical impulses - the basis for all perception and cognition.

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    The combined annual carbon dioxide emissions of urban areas within the EU are estimated to be four times the amount of carbon stored by vegetation in the area. This finding was presented by Finnish researchers, whose data indicates the direct impact of land use in cities on its carbon dioxide emissions.

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    Fifty new Master students received the University of Helsinki International Student Grant ISG this year. From left to right: Emilia Pitkänen, Sun Won Shin, Ma Qian, Jessica Lynn Latus and Rakesh PanditSince the 1980s, the University of Helsinki has given start-up grants to qualified students coming from abroad.

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  • 11/05/12--02:21: Health care on equal terms
  • “Health care is a fundamental human right,” says Ville Holmberg, who will be speaking at the Think Corner (Tiedekulma) on 5th November.In Finland an estimated 3,000 paperless immigrants live outside the public health care system. They only get medical treatment in cases of emergency, and they have to pay the full cost for treatment.

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    The new developing China has taken an interest in the Nordic countries. The University of Helsinki will collaborate extensively to support the development of the rule of law in China. “The Chinese know that they have a lot of development work to do in several important areas,” says Kimmo Nuotio, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki.

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    Ahtisaari Day is an excellent opportunity to remind people of the importance of talking and listening, says Jarna Petman, Senior Lecturer of International Law at the University of Helsinki.Humankind is not likely to achieve eternal peace, but there are many goals to aim for on the way to a more peaceful world.

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    Academy Research Fellow, evolutionary biologist Anna-Liisa Laine has of late been showered with awards. A year ago, she received a €1.5 million ERC Starting Grant for up-and-coming researchers, and in spring 2012 the For Women in Science Award. On Friday 9 November 2012, Laine was presented with the Academy of Finland Award for Scientific Courage.

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    Bart Gaens, Docent of Japanese Studies, received the prize for the Best International Teacher of the Year 2012 at yesterday's International Evening.Every year, the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) honours one international university teacher who has supported the learning of their students in an exceptional way.

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    Researchers say management of the euro crisis has been outsourced to economists and politics is running along a single track.Alejandro Lorite Escorihuela and Filipe Pereira da SilvaHow do you put researchers in the citizens’ shoes and get them involved in political discussions? This was one of the questions Filipe Pereira da Silva and Alejandro Lorite Escorihuela, researchers at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, asked themselves when following the deepening economic crisis and its impacts in their respective home countries, Portugal and Spain.

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    Preventing eutrophication in the Baltic Sea is not only a matter of principle, but is also financially profitable.This is evident in the results of the Protection of the Baltic Sea: Benefits, Costs and Policy Instruments and Cost-efficient Instruments for the Protection of the Baltic Sea research projects, which were published on 8 November 2012.

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    Professor emeritus Jouko Laasasenaho recalls old chairs being ergonomically better suited for orang-utans than people“We sat on a bench like this in the professor’s room for our oral examinations, sometimes five abreast. They were stressful situations, particularly if the professor had a system where at least one student had to fail the examination.

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