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A New Level of Being International

A New Level of Being International

When we talk about international students at our University, we are usually thinking of someone who comes from another country with another culture to study here. But often we don’t quite take international as literally as we should. Abid Mossalli, an international student from the Faculty of Software Engineering and Computer Systems takes "international" to an entirely new level.

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Dynamically Lit Jewelry and Smart Backpacks: the Fashion of the Future by ITMO Students

Dynamically Lit Jewelry and Smart Backpacks: the Fashion of the Future by ITMO Students

The history of "smart" clothing for the general public takes us back to the 90s, when the fashion sector started to experiment with electronics. A good example of that is the ICD+co jacket that was created by Levi Strauss&Co in collaboration with Phillips: the jacket was fixed with an MP3 player, a cellphone, headset and a control panel. Even before that, in the end of the 19th century, there also were attempts to combine clothing and electric elements: for instance, ballet dancer costumes fixed with electric light bulbs. As for today's market of smart clothing, it offers devices that not only have great design and usability, but have social functions as well.

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Research on Fairy Circles in Africa Will Benefit Agriculture

Research on Fairy Circles in Africa Will Benefit Agriculture

In deserts of Namibia, there are totally lifeless patches of land where nothing grows. Clearly seen among the surrounding grass and bush, they are called "fairy circles" or "footprints of god". Scientists have several theories of how they came to be, yet all of them are yet to be proved. One theory is that these circles appear because of specific compounds that are released by the euphorbia plant. ITMO's Master's students who work under the guidance of research officers of the laboratory of Technical Microbiology of the All-Russian Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology believe this theory to be correct. According to them, research on fairy circles can help create new ecologic bio-herbicides.

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Cyberattacks: XXI Century’s Main Challenge

Cyberattacks: XXI Century’s Main Challenge

Information leaks have become something common; their number grows each day. It is of no coincidence that the WiKiLeaks website that publishes files obtained from cyberattacks has become really popular lately. Today, having a hi-end security system is no longer enough — one has to constantly develop skills to counter cyberattacks. ITMO.NEWS turned to foreign experience in this field, as well as asked ITMO's staff and students who research computer security to share on the subject. Learn about the most recent projects on fighting cyberthreats from our article.

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ITMO’s Robotic Center: New Projects by WRO’s Award Winners

ITMO’s Robotic Center: New Projects by WRO’s Award Winners

Creating a robot that can prevent forest fires, define and erase "bad" graffiti or hand paint a Christmas ball? Easy as pie! — say specialists from the Robotic Center of ITMO's School of Computer Technologies and Controls, where champions of many Russian and foreign competitions design their robots. Read more of the Center's projects and ideas in our article.

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Cybersports: How Gamers Become Professionals?

Cybersports: How Gamers Become Professionals?

For those who are not familiar with gaming, "cyber-sport" even sounds strange — what sport is that if it only exists in virtual space? Yet, professional teams that play League of Legends or Counter-Strike gather whole stadiums and earn millions, and the new sport has its own requirements to sportsmen. How one becomes a cyber-sportsman, and what gaming tournaments are about — read that and more in our article.

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Staying Ahead of Time: ITMO’s New Program of Neurotechnologies

Staying Ahead of Time: ITMO’s New Program of Neurotechnologies

Electronic devices that restore hearing, bionic prostheses, professional brain-training devices, neural helmets for education and games — as of now, the world's neurotechnology market has reached 180 billion dollars, and, according to experts from the Neuronet branch association, will reach one trillion dollars by 2035. Yet, what are the competencies that a neurotechnology specialist has to possess, and where can one get the corresponding education? Starting with 2017, ITMO University launches a new Bachelor's program on Neurotechnologies and Programming that has yet to have any counterparts in Russia. Read more about the new program and the opportunities it gives in our article.

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Chemists Create Nanoparticles for Safe Imaging of Tumors

Chemists Create Nanoparticles for Safe Imaging of Tumors

Chemists from Russia and Switzerland created biosafe luminescent nanoparticles for imaging tumors and blood vessels damaged by heart attacks or strokes. The particles are made of hafnium oxide that can be used for intravenous injections, and doped with ions of rare earth metals. Scientists hope that their invention will become an alternative to the toxic quantum dots, and allow getting images of deep tissues without harming the human body. The study was published in Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces journal.

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Ten Online Courses You Won’t Want to Miss

Ten Online Courses You Won’t Want to Miss

​According to the collaborative report from Coursera, Open Education and Lectorium, by the end of 2016 the number of Russians who take online courses on both Russian and foreign platforms has reached one million — which is twice as much as it was last year. In 2017, experts expect further progress of MOOCs, in both the number of users and the programs' variety; such subjects as Computer science, project management and smart design technologies will remain most popular. Here's a list of 10 online courses by world's leading companies and universities that you surely won't want to miss!

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