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 blog gives a voice to those who know. In this blog top researchers from the University of Oulu 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!
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The Science with Arctic Attitude blog is edited by communications specialists Kukka Haapaniemi (editor in chief), Anna-Maria Hietapelto and Meri Rova

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.

04.10.2016 blog

Vaimeakin taustamelu vaikuttaa taaperon aivotoimintaan

Jotta lapsi voisi omaksua kieltä, kuulotiedon käsittelyn tulee tapahtua virheettömästi ja tarkasti. Jos taustalla kuuluu puheen kanssa kilpailevaa melua, taaperoiden aivoissa tapahtuva kuulotiedon käsittely heikkenee, mikä voi vaikuttaa kielen kehitykseen. Lasten kasvuympäristöt, niiden akustiikka ja melutasot vaihtelevat suuresti. Parhaimmillaan kuunteluolosuhteet lasten arjessa ovat suotuisat ja tarjoavat hyvät edellytykset oppimiselle ja kielen omaksumiselle. Ikävä kyllä näin ei aina ole.

27.09.2016 blog

Brändi ei ole logo – se on hyvä tarina

Perinteiseen suomalaiseen ajattelutapaan kuuluu ajatus siitä, että hyvä tuote myy itse itsensä. Brändäys sen sijaan on nähty hyvin pinnallisena toimintona – pyrkimyksenä saada jokin asia näyttämään paremmalta kuin se oikeasti on. Mutta brändi on muutakin kuin pelkkä logo tai massiivinen markkinointikampanja.

20.09.2016 blog

The world’s brightest light source puts the spotlight on the hidden mysteries of climate change

With the new “super-microscope”, MAXIV, we are now able to zoom in directly on the molecular building blocks of tiny airborne particles. We can see not only the building blocks themselves, but also how they are organized inside the particles. This new knowledge could provide a window into the hidden workings of climate change.