Injured young owl rescued

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Pedestrians found a young long-eared owl in the castle park of Schönbrunn, Vienna. The owl was sitting on the floor and was attacked by crows. She was taken to the “owl and birds of prey institution” of Haringsee (district of Gänserndorf, Lower Austria). The pedestrians rescued the long-eared owl. The owl was examined in the […]

Microorganisms as powerhouses for electricity storage

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An innovative process for storing electricity generated from renewable energy sources is now market ready, a fourth patent application having been filed. The process, which was developed by Austrian company Krajete GmbH and is based on microorganisms, enables a highly efficient and environmentally friendly conversion of climate-damaging CO2 and hydrogen into – storable – methane. […]

Vienna advocates a ban on pesticides

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Vienna has now joined those Austrian states that advocate a cooperative strategy for a ban of the neonicotinoids pesticides. Apparently, there are tested alternatives for the pesticides that are harmful for bees. “Vienna examined whether it was possible to make a solo effort on EU level but a more extensive and European wide ban achieves […]

Poisoned eagle is recovering

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An eagle is currently being treated in the bird of prey park Telfes, Tyrol (Western Austria). The animal ate the carcass of a dead animal that was shot with lead ammunition. The eagle is likely to survive the contamination. Since the end of April, the nursing ward of the park has had a special patient: […]

East Tirol school kids build solar panels in Tanzania

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Sixth-formers at the private mechanical and electronic technical college in Lienz in Tirol have been building solar panels in Tanzania since 2006. They have also been travelling to the country to teach locals how to operate the solar installations in schools and hospitals – such as the one built in partnership with the organisation Life […]

No smoking in bars does not work finds new study

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A new study of the Medical University of Vienna shows that separated rooms in gastronomy are not effective in regards to smoking. The Institute of Environmental Hygiene measured the effect of ultrafine dust particles on the health of non-smokers in 134 bars and restaurants in Vienna. Smoking was allowed in 20 of these premises and […]

Mass picnic to protest against ban on sitting on the lawns

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Visitors of the Augarten park in Vienna were driven off green areas as the Federal Parks and Gardens Authority have started to control the observance of park rules. This has caused a debate. A spontaneous “protest picnic” was organised yesterday (Thurs) at 5 p.m. Park visitors had complained in social media networks that they had […]

New vaccine using bacteria membrane

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The bacteria family of the Pastorellaceae are responsible for several infectious diseases. A team of molecular life scientists from Graz is now trying to find new vaccine “candidates”, which will protect us against these infections. Bacteria emit several kinds of protein and macromolecular particles of their membrane. These round particles are called “membrane vesicles” or […]

Protestors bid to stop fracking in Bodensee area

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The ÖVP state parliament club is attempting to increase the pressure against fracking in the area around Bodensee, Western Austria. The aim of this is to prevent fracking in the drainage area of the Bodensee drinking water reservoir at the state, national and EU-level. The Green Party has severe doubts regarding the issue, which was […]

Village bus runs on the energy of the sun

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A new solar bus is now in use in Hornstein, Burgenland (Eastern Austria), which is operated by an electric motor. The Technical University in Graz and several companies in Burgenland have been involved in the project. The solar bus, which has 68-horse power, can drive without making any sound. The power for the electric motor […]