UT master’s student is a big step closer to making hydrogen fuel cell vehicles more affordable

Master’s student in chemistry Sander Ratso has created an innovative technology, which, if taken into use, would undercut the price of overly expensive fuel cells. Tests conducted in Finland and the USA also confirm it to be a promising alternative. The innovative technology would help to lower the production costs of environmentally friendly electric vehicles considerably, and therefore, also their selling price. These types of cell elements can also be used, for example, in smartphones and laptops.

Toyota Mirai, Hyundai Nexo, and Honda Clarity Fuel Cell are examples of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles that are already used in many parts of the world. In the fuel cells of these vehicles, an extremely expensive platinum-based catalyst is used for acceleration of the chemical reaction.

It is possible that these and newer models will be cheaper in the future and drive around using lower-priced carbon nanotube catalysts created in Estonia.

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Way to Cultural Integration: Learning from Shai’s Life

Today I would like to talk about my journey – a journey to find a home, a journey of creating a sense of belonging, a journey of making my own identity. The reason for sharing my true life story to all of you is that my uncle, Toyon, needed my story for his university blog competition. He thinks that my past story of going through hardship and survival in the present, in a lot of ways, is related to the complex and dynamic society that we live in.

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My name is Shai. I am a third culture dog, sometimes sociologists term it a ‘Third Culture Kid’, and was born in a very exotic country – Palestine. So far I as remember, my father was Chinese and mother was from Afganistan. I do not know where they are now. I am the unfortunate daughter who almost forgot her parents’ faces. I barely remember that I witnessed getting separated from my parents together with two brothers and one sister because of a massive bomb attack. You do not hear much about dogs like me, because we do not write, or, our stories remain untold because of the agonizing miseries of those thousands of innocent human war victims. I am one of those uncounted who almost made it by miracle and ended up in Estonia. It was neither a dream of getting separated from my birthplace, my family, nor a predetermined plan to end up in Europe. My present owner, Anastasija, struggled by risking her life to own me, found me and embraced me with her love, as well as gave me a motherly womb, at the same time wholeheartedly adopted me like her own child and reared me to integrate into so-called developed society. Not all are as lucky as me. According to UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), 5.3 million Palestinian refugees have been registered by UNWRA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) in the year 2016, although no specific statistics exists regarding animals like me.

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How dreams come true: living example of UT scientist

As a result of more than 20 years of research by the scientists at the University of Tartu, the lactic acid bacteria strain ME-3, known for the last 15 years as the bacteria Hellus added to the dairy products of Tere, has now reached Estonia’s pharmacies.

ME-3 capsules were already sold in pharmacies all around Australia, the United Kingdom and Italy before reaching the shelves of Estonia’s pharmacies. The ME-3 bacterium is also added to the food supplement which normalises cholesterol levels, Reg´Activ Cholesterol, sold in 11 countries. The capsules now being sold in Estonia contain the strain in a pure and concentrated form; every capsule contains eight billion of Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3, which was discovered in 1995 from the intestine of a child from Tartu.

Professor Emerita at the University of Tartu Marika Mikelsaar went to the pharmacy at Tartu University Hospital at Maarjamõisa to see with her own eyes that the result of 20 years’ research, a dietary supplement containing ME-3 bacterium has arrived on sale in Estonia.

Marika Mikelsaar, professor emeritus at the University of Tartu (UT),together with Mihkel Zilmer, professor of medical biochemistry at UT, lead the workgroup that discovered the ME-3 strain. Last week, she visited the pharmacy of Tartu University Hospital to witness the fulfilment of a 20-year dream with her own eyes.

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The ‘Legal Ladies’ of the University of Tartu

At the University of Tartu, the law continues to be one of the fundamental pillars of the establishment, turning out many of the greatest legal minds in Europe. Students fight hard through papers, exams and internships to prove themselves as capable lawyers, but it’s not just academics which can help to dictate success while studying law.

Hannah, Helery, and Maarja are three women that you would definitely want on your side in any debate.

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A Love of TV Shows Can Make You a Doctor

Siim Sorokin, fresh from becoming a Doctor of Cultural Sciences, dedicated his thesis to the ways in which people relate to fictional characters, more specifically those from the TV show “Breaking Bad.”

Sorokin found his way toward the topic of science fiction in rather mundane circumstances: he has been an avid follower of TV series himself, according to Universitas Tartuenis, the journal of the University of Tartu.

The main character of the „Breaking Bad“ series is Walter White, a chemistry teachers who has cancer. Source: Pixabay

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My Estonian Calling

When people see or hear my name, Teele Männik, they automatically assume that a beautiful Estonian voice will come out, but they are always in for a surprise. Instead of that, they get a very strong American accent. The confused looks on peoples’ faces never get old. My story is quite elaborate and it makes for a good conversation starter.

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10 Challenging Estonian Tongue Twisters – Can You Handle Them?!

On 14 March we celebrate Mother Tongue Day, which marks the birthday of Kristjan Jaak Peterson, one of the founding fathers of the Estonian poetic tradition. This day was first recognized as a national holiday in 1999. It is now celebrated not only in Estonia but in many Estonian Houses, schools, and universities all around the world.

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