Vaccine developed in Estonia licensed for use in United States

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Ixchiq, the first chikungunya vaccine against a dangerous tropical disease, developed by Narva native Tartu University researchers. It is the first vaccine developed in Estonia that has approval for human application.

Virologist: Covid needs to end in our heads


Researcher: Not enough room for wolves on small Estonian islands

Even though wolf numbers have been recovering in recent years and the species is considered to be in good condition in Estonia, the total number of specimens is many times below the peak of the 1990s. Researchers say that attitudes in society suggest Estonians are not willing to tolerate more than a few dozen packs.

Wolves wipe out entire Tartu County sheep flock

Estonian wolf hunting dispute waiting for EU Court of Justice decision

Hindu-Tantric manuscript. Tantra and yoga have become hugely popular in Estonia.

Indian and Chinese soft power is growing in Estonia

Estonia's cultural ties with India and China are growing, a study has found. While spiritual and religious groups and symbols are gaining popularity, rapidly growing Indian and Chinese communities are also contributing to cultural exchanges.

Tanker and ships at sea off the coast of Tallinn.

Researcher: Imposing 'innocent passage' in Gulf of Finland impossible

Drawing the territorial waters between Estonia and Finland as if cutting it in half, so not having any exclusive economic zone in between, sounds like a good plan, but in the Gulf of Finland, the right of innocent passage would be immediately replaced by the right of unimpeded transit passage, which is even worse for Estonia and Finland, Alexander Lott, a researcher at the Norwegian Center for the Law of the Sea, explained in an interview with "Välisilm."

A group of young people in Viimsi.

Baltic Sea is becoming more salty

The amount of fresh water in the Baltic Sea has decreased significantly over recent decades, research shows. Salinity has changed in different areas.

Command center of an autonomous robotic ship (MindChip).

Kristjan Tabri, Heigo Mõlder: Robots could guard marine infrastructure

Marine infrastructure security monitoring solutions can also be used for broader exploration of the marine environment as well as for servicing offshore wind energy and aquaculture. Increasingly smarter artificial intelligence (AI) could open up yet unanticipated applications at sea, write Kristjan Tabri, tenured associate professor of marine structures and technology at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) and Heigo Mõlder, researcher at TalTech's Department of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics.


Estonian Literature Day in Toompea.

WHO: Estonian girls experience steepest coming of age across EU, Canada

Estonian teenage girls have the steepest progress through adolescence, which comes with a cost for mental health and well-being, the new HBSC report reveals. The international survey focused on teenage mental health and well-being among 11-, 13- and 15-year-olds across 44 countries and regions in Europe, Central Asia, and Canada.

Woad blue was the most enduring textile color of the period.

Early medieval Estonia's favorite color was 'blackish blue'

Textile finds from the early medieval period indicate that the most popular color in Estonia was "blackish-blue." While the blue hue was achieved by using imported compounds, the dark-purple shade was added to it through a mixing of native plants, Riina Rammo, an archaeologist at the University of Tartu explained.

Estonia's Christianization-era baptism bowls named find of the year

large language model

Finnish-developed artificial intelligence is trained in many different languages.

Finland's ChatGPT equivalent begins to think in Estonian as well

The University of Turku in Finland is developing an artificial language corpus proficient in all European languages, including Estonian, to preserve minor languages in the post-ChatGPT era. The Estonian Language Institute (EKI) supports the initiative but warns that an operational language model requires digitizing substantially more Estonian texts than is currently available.

State to reduce risks to marine life from shallow-water wind farms

Patarei Sea Fortress.

Major revamp of historic Patarei Sea Fortress is gaining momentum

A significant redevelopment of the historic Patarei complex in Tallinn is gathering momentum, with plans to demolish the interior of the prison, restore the tsarist-era naval fortress building, and construct recreational facilities. It is one of the largest restoration initiatives of a historic building ever undertaken in Estonia.

Vincent Homburg, the ERA chair in e-governance and digital public services at the University of Tartu's Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies.

Vincent Homburg: The responsibility challenge for the digital age

New developments in artificial intelligence will put digital societies to the test. The good news for Estonia? It has the potential to become the world's most responsible digital society — if it chooses to blend can-do pragmatism with responsible innovation, writes Vincent Homburg, ERA chair in e-governance and digital public services at the University of Tartu (TÜ).

Day one of the Viking Reach expedition to map out the MS Estonia wreck site, Thursday, July 20, 2023.

MS Estonia wreck investigation crew takes seabed rock sample

One of the first tasks on the to-do list of a survey of the wreck of the MS Estonia, which sank in the Baltic in 1994 with the loss of 852 lives, has already been completed after a seabed rock sample was obtained and brought aboard the research ship undertaking the expedition.

In Kanepi, centuries-old skeletons were excavated during road construction.

Centuries-old skeletons excavated during road construction in Põlva County

During road construction in Kanepi, a rural municipality of Estonia in Põlva County, the skeletons of people who were buried between the 17th and 18th centuries were discovered. The rainwater conduits in the driveway adjacent to the church in Kanepi will remain in place so as not to disturb about 500 people buried beneath the road.

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