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Europe's researchers of today and tomorrow - 26/09/2008

A picture of a miniature scientist looking through a microscope, viewed through a magnifying glass

Researchers’ Night gives scientists the opportunity to explain what goes on behind lab doors.

Ever wondered how beer is brewed? Intrigued by what the core of a nuclear reactor looks like? The answers to these and many other mysteries will become clear on 26 September when scientists come out in force around Europe to mark the fourth European Researchers’ Night.

This year, some 200 cities in 27 countries are participating, throwing open doors to labs, museums, universities and research centres.

In Linz, Austria Deutsch researchers will explain how technology can improve the daily life of people with disabilities, and show how we react to status symbols and different types of human behaviour. In Milan, Italy, scientists will illustrate the relevance of maths for football and explain how the body can regenerate itself, while researchers in Plzen, the Czech Republic čeština , will show visitors how to make beer and sink the Titanic.

Budding young scientists have meanwhile been rewarded for their achievements at the EU contest for young scientists. A jury looked at 87 projects by students aged 14-21 from 39 countries. The top prizes went to three students – from Poland, Slovakia and the UK – for their work in physics and geology. Each received €7 000.

Slovak winner Martin Tkác collected his cheque for research into how the gravitation principle can stop freight trains carrying bulky loads from tipping over.

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