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Beyond the incorporation of scientific imagery into works of art, the increasing commercialization and accessibility of research technologies now permits artists to use research methods in their pursuit of artistic form and expression, resulting in works that transcend the boundaries of these two cultures of inquiry. This notion of a "third culture" raises the question of how artistic and scientific practices may inform each other in a more mutually symbiotic fashion.
"Wow! How did you come up with that?” If this question is familiar to you, you share an interest with Onur Güntürkün: He tries to find out how thoughts evolve. For this he travels around the world and looks at various animals including dolphins, chicken or humans.Onur was born in Turkey, is a Professor for Biopsychology at Bochum University, Germany and researches at the interphase of brain and psychology, trying to find out how thinking works and how thinking evolved.
Axel is thrilled by evolution. Having spent almost 30 years in the computer industry after his master’s degree he entirely changed the scenery in 2009 writing a book on modern evolutionary theory. This work, published in 2012, was the stepping-stone for his admission as a PhD student at the University of Vienna, department of theoretical biology, where he is now dealing with the fascinating world of evo-devo, evolutionary developmental biology, in search of new answers to unresolved issues.
Aging is one of the most obvious yet least understood biological phenomena. And it affects all of us. Martin looks for the biological causes for aging in an unlikely candidate organism, a microscopic worm. With this simple animal and the amazing power of genetics, it is possible to discover ways to counter aging. Might insights from this work shed light on human diseases and on ways to decelerate aging?
In 1998 the teams of Prof. James Thompson and Prof. Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor have made history by establishing the first lines of Human Embryonic Stem Cells. Micha was part of an Israeli collaboration team working with Itskovitz-Eldor, and one of the first people establishing protocols for the hESC culture and differentiation.
Excelling in academics requires confidence, vitality, focus, memory, structure and routine. Depression is opposite of that. As depression grips, one loses sense of himself and smallest of tasks appear bigger and impossible. With failures in day to day tasks the confidence takes a dip. The attention span reduces significantly during depression leading to lack of memory formation. And as current educational system requires individual to memorize facts this is impossible when one is depressed.