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University of Pretoria Scientists on Applications of Metabolic Analysis

University of Pretoria Scientists on Applications of Metabolic Analysis

How do scientists work with living cells? And how can advanced software be of help in this line of research? On March 14 at the seminar “The Fundamentals of NMR and GC-MS metabolic synthesis with the use of the SIMCA program”, professor Jacobus Johannes Marion Meyer from the University of Pretoria and his graduate assistant Sewes Alberts expanded on these issues. The event was organized by ITMO’s Biotechnologies of the Third Millennium International Research Center.

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10 Things to Do at St. Petersburg’s Botanical Garden

10 Things to Do at St. Petersburg’s Botanical Garden

Being a newly-minted plant lover, I never miss a chance to visit the true mecca for nature enthusiasts of all sorts that is the St. Petersburg Botanical Garden. After my latest retreat to this tropical paradise away from March’s mud and gloom, I decided to share how excited I feel about this place with a friend of mine. “How often do you go there? Every month? What on earth can you do there every month?” was her reaction. Many things, actually.

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ITMO University Students Win NTI Competition

ITMO University Students Win NTI Competition

At the beginning of March, a number of ITMO University students went to Innopolis University to participate in the Competition of the National Technology Initiative, which they ended up winning. Previously held exclusively for school students, in 2019 the competition was spread to university students. By participant’s accounts, the organization process wasn’t always up to standard, but the four days of dynamic work and exciting collaborations at the state-of-the-art science center and communication were worth it. More on the competition and life in Innopolis below.

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Augmented Reality Course at Oxford Brookes: Participants Share

Augmented Reality Course at Oxford Brookes: Participants Share

Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are among today’s most promising technologies. Despite the growing popularity, one can get a free introduction to this field at one of the world’s best universities, Oxford Brookes. Yulia Trushina and Alena Jigalova, ITMO Master’s students from the Multimedia Technologies, Design and Usability program, who recently participated in this educational course, share their experience.

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Love, Death & Robots: Deadpool Director’s Love Letter to Nerds

Love, Death & Robots: Deadpool Director’s Love Letter to Nerds

On March 15, Netflix launched its new animation anthology Love, Death & Robots. Produced by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and David Fincher (Fight Club), this series of 18 Sci-Fi shorts is a brainchild of teams from 11 countries. Such a potpourri of ideas boiled down to a kind of animation speed dating with no plot strings attached, instead opting to woo the hearts and minds of spectators with its dazzling visual effects and spectacular genre variety.

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This Weekend in St. Petersburg: March 23-24

This Weekend in St. Petersburg: March 23-24

Catch the exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s works, listen to classical music at St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and go to space at the Virtual Reality World show! Here is our weekly list of the best events taking place in St. Pete this weekend.

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ITMO Scientists Determine Impact of Probiotics on Human Gut Microbiome

ITMO Scientists Determine Impact of Probiotics on Human Gut Microbiome

A group of researchers from ITMO University and the company Knomics conducted a month-long experiment studying how the microbiota of 150 volunteers responded to regular consumption of probiotics-enriched fermented dairy products. Published in Nutrients, the findings demonstrate that the introduction of these dietary changes increases the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which in its turn can have a positive impact on the overall health condition. The project was conducted with the participation of PepsiCo R&D Inc.

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What Are Vernacular Regions and Why Study Them?

What Are Vernacular Regions and Why Study Them?

Should we perceive a city according to its administrative layout, or it is better to consider how its citizens fathom the urban environment? In the late 1960s, American geographists introduced the term “vernacular region”. In recent years, Russian urban scientists also started to research this subject. At a joint seminar organized by ITMO’s Institute of Design and Urban Studies and MLA+, experts discussed why it’s necessary to study regions that are not outlined by official borders, and how that can contribute to improving the urban environment.

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Six Tips to Help You Navigate in Russia

Six Tips to Help You Navigate in Russia

Moving to a new country can be daunting and it comes with many twists and challenges. I know this from my own experience and talking to friends who have lived abroad. Here are some tips that I hope will help you when you move to Russia!

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Gold Nanoparticles and Canadian Science: ITMO Student’s Internship at University of Waterloo

Gold Nanoparticles and Canadian Science: ITMO Student’s Internship at University of Waterloo

Ksenia Mosina, a Master’s student at ITMO University’s SCAMT Laboratory, went to Canada as part of her student exchange program to participate in research on the synthesis of gold core-shell nanoparticles for biosensing and photocatalysis. The results of the research were published in Nanoscale. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, Ksenia shares about her experiences and the skills she acquired in the Canadian laboratory.

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