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WorldSkills Winner on His Competition Experience

WorldSkills Winner on His Competition Experience

At the end of November, Moscow hosted the final round of the II National Championship of Vocational Skills organized by WorldSkills. ITMO University Master’s student Vladislav Nesterov took second place in the Cryogenic Technology and Conditioning Systems category. With each year that passes, the competition is becoming more and more popular: 93 universities were among the participants in 2018, which is ten more than last year. A total of 400 students from leading Russian higher education institutions from 43 regions came to Moscow to compete for victory. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, Vladislav Nesterov shares about his preparation process and emotional tension he experienced during the competition’s finals.

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Movie Chitter-Chatter: Pride and Prejudice

Movie Chitter-Chatter: Pride and Prejudice

Do you ever find yourself having deep internal dialogs about movies and TV shows you’ve seen? No? Just me? Well, then. Here’s a sneak peek of my madness for you to enjoy. All credits for the format, idea, and my split personality disorder go to The Guardian’s pass notes. Making your readers non compos mentis: that’s what I call engaging journalism. But I digress. Without further ado, please welcome a sister of our regular Movie Fridays, Movie Chitter-Chatter, with its first edition dedicated to a make-believe tale resting firmly in the British collective psyche, Pride and Prejudice.

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On the Origin of Memes: Meme Scientist Explains Post-Irony and Future of Internet Culture

On the Origin of Memes: Meme Scientist Explains Post-Irony and Future of Internet Culture

Is memeology a science? This was the question posed by Taras Sychev, an editor for the online news aggregator Lentach and a “memeologist”. On December 10, he gave a lecture at ITMO University, organized by the Center for Science Communication, during which he talked about the origin of memes, the history of Russian online culture and memeplexes. ITMO.NEWS provides a rundown of Mr. Sychev’s lecture.

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Microbial Fuel Cell, Space Station, and Electronic Guide: Finals of Quantoriada Competition

Microbial Fuel Cell, Space Station, and Electronic Guide: Finals of Quantoriada Competition

The final round of the Quantoriada international engineering competition for school children has recently kicked off in St. Petersburg’s Planetarium. It’s up to participants to decide what kind of device they want to develop; this year, they could choose between a space station, a drawing robot, an electronic guide, a microbial fuel cell, and other valuable devices. ITMO University’s SCAMT Laboratory has provided a platform for the competition. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, the participants share their thoughts about the contest and the importance of the devices they’re currently working on.

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Techies Tell: Best Podcasts for Data Aficionados

Techies Tell: Best Podcasts for Data Aficionados

Are you planning to become an analyst or are already working as one? Do you get a kick out of all things data? Here are six thematic podcasts in English for you to enjoy!

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This Weekend in St. Petersburg: December 15-16

This Weekend in St. Petersburg: December 15-16

Learn about the origins of the Russian Christmas gift-giving tradition, immerse yourself in a tropical heaven right in the middle of winter, make your own Christmas card, and listen to the best classical music in St. Pete’s most beautiful concert venues! Check out our list of the coolest things going on in the city this weekend!

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How New Advanced Materials Help Fight Bacteria – and Cancer

How New Advanced Materials Help Fight Bacteria – and Cancer

Gary Hix is a professor of the University of Wolverhampton (the UK) and the head of Wolverhampton School of Sciences. Together with his research team, Prof. Hix designs anti-bacterial medical materials. In an open lecture at ITMO University, he spoke about organic-inorganic hybrid materials, metal phosphonates and oxides, and how these substances are produced. Speaking about anti-bacterial materials, Prof. Hix explained the effect of their structure on the discharge of active substances and how these materials are made to possess therapeutic qualities.

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BizCycle: Moving Towards Comfortable Biking Infrastructure on Russian-Finnish Border

BizCycle: Moving Towards Comfortable Biking Infrastructure on Russian-Finnish Border

How to create a bike-friendly environment in the border regions of Russia and Finland, help cycling tourists effectively plan their itineraries, and foster the development of local businesses that would cater for such travelers? These are some of the questions in the center of the BizCycle international project. Having kicked off in November this year, it is now being implemented as part of the South-East Finland – Russia Cross-Border Cooperation program, with ITMO as the leading partner. The university’s specialists will work on the project together with representatives of Finnish companies, the Committee for Tourism of the Leningrad Oblast, and the Tourism Information Center. The objectives and stages of BizCycle’s implementation were recently discussed at a briefing organized for St. Petersburg’s cycling community. ITMO.NEWS reports on the keynotes of the meeting.

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Winter in St. Petersburg: Perks, Gripes, and Getaways

Winter in St. Petersburg: Perks, Gripes, and Getaways

Winter in St. Petersburg is a particularly lovely time – if you know the right way to enjoy it. Sure, it can be dark, cold and snowy, but there are also moments when you feel as if you were transported into a fairytale land. Here are some of our staff’s favorite tips for spending the winter in St. Petersburg.

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