Science with Arctic Attitude

Researchers are the stars of the University. They are pushing the boundaries of the known every day. Science with Arctic Attitude is our new blog to give a voice to those who know. It is a blog maintained by top researchers at the University of Oulu based on their research. The writers describe their work in an understandable way, each with their own style. They share their big insights, small frustrations, and vice versa. Enjoy, challenge, and ask! There will be a new blog post regularly in Finnish or in English.
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28.09.2017 blog

Ecological restoration is a tool to fix some of the damages that we have caused to our natural ecosystems

Since the last ice age, peatlands have stored huge amounts of atmospheric carbon within their peat layers. However, because of human actions and a rise in global temperatures over the last two hundred years, peatlands are about to release the carbon back to the atmosphere – unless we do something quickly.

18.09.2017 blog

Arktista tutkimuslaatikkoa rikkomassa

Poissa loistivat arktinen öljynporausagenda ja luonnonvarojen kestämätön hyödyntäminen, kun pohjoinen akatemiaväki kokoontui Skotlannin Aberdeeniin elokuun lopussa. Viikon aikana pohjoisten, arktisten yliopistojen UArctic-yhteistyöverkostoon kuuluvien yliopistojen rehtorit kokoontuivat omaan foorumiinsa ja tutkijat omaan konferenssiinsa yhteistyön hengessä.

31.08.2017 blog

Using resources efficiently through proper scheduling

Have you ever asked yourself how to increase your efficiency in a regular daily work? At the end of a busy working day, you may find yourself with many unaccomplished tasks even if you came into the office early and left late. Making a schedule for your daily work will help you manage your time more efficiently. Scheduling is the art of figuring out when to do what so that you can achieve your goals with the resources at hand. 

16.08.2017 blog

The Inaugural UArctic Chair

By JEFFREY M WELKER, UArctic Chair; Professor, University of Oulu &University of Alaska Anchorage I am grateful and honoured to become the first UArctic Research Chair as a collaborativeappointment between UArctic, the University of Oulu and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Iam prepared to sustain and amplify the spirit, the dedication and the vision of UArctic, asformulated twenty years ago.

06.07.2017 blog

Embracing the I: science as emotional work

Often when someone asks about why I chose to become a researcher I recall a collection of only partially satirical stories about one of the most critical pieces of equipment common across the sciences. This piece of technology, modified thousands of times in a myriad of ways defines how science is conducted in both its presence and its absence. The device of course is the table.

08.11.2016 blog

Building services based on data, guts and empathy

Is it impossible to find what you are looking for? Do you receive one cryptic error message after another that prevent you from accomplishing the task at hand? We have all had experiences with bad products and services that are hard to use, or which do not bring any additional value to anyone or anything.

01.11.2016 blog

How to prevent hearing impairment from being a risk for speech, language and communication disorders?

Due to communication difficulties, hearing impairment leads to a risk of developing poor quality peer relations, learning difficulties, a lower level of education and  even a lower income and quality of life in adulthood. However, early intervention and prevention of communication difficulties are highly cost-effective in cases of language impairment. Can we afford not to allocate early intervention to children with hearing impairment?

25.10.2016 blog

How integrated data can make me into a Super-Dad

There is a massive amount of data on each and every one of us scattered in cyberspace. Integrating this data in a meaningful way could result in a better and healthier YOU.

18.10.2016 blog

Why have the Pyramids and the Colosseum remained INTACT for thousands of years

Researchers at the University of Oulu are using modern chemistry to make a new building material, which will stand the test of time. And the best part? It can be made out of ash. The material is called geopolymer. It can be described as a concrete and ceramic-type material, consisting of a polymer network of silicon and aluminium.

11.10.2016 blog

Technology can persuade us to do better

Trying to get yourself to eat more vegetables or to cycle to work every day? Technology may be able to provide assistance and support you in your endeavours. Persuasive technology helps and supports us with behaviours that we find difficult. It can show us when we’re doing okay, and guide us when we feel a bit lost.