Category Archives: Society

Sleepless World – What biorhythmic tunes does the orchestra of clock genes play in your body?

Polar night season ended officially in the whole of Finland on January 18th. It was the period during which the sun stayed below the horizon in northern Lapland for nearly two months. Also, in southern Finland, as winter approached, the … Continue reading

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Snowed in – some thoughts on work and working hours

Snow! How I have missed it in Helsinki. Nature decided to make things right in day. A fierce snow blizzard reached rural Helsinki sometime during the night, last week, when Wednesday turned to Thursday, January to February. The wind was … Continue reading

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The X-Factor in Mind – Brain Wirings and Behavior

As a part of 2017 International Women’s day celebrations at Nokia, I had the pleasure to talk at our Espoo Campus in Finland about brains, minds, women and men. The popular quote “Men are from Mars and Women from Venus” … Continue reading

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Give Science Breathing Space – Protection from Suffocation

Last week I finished a tough but rewarding job: From the many great research proposals submitted to the Skolar Award science contest, I finally picked my ten semi-finalist candidates. The decision wasn’t easy. All proposals that had made it through … Continue reading

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Future work: Even the greatest minds get tangled when over-stressed

Are you a highly creative, cognitively flexible, emotionally intelligent critical thinker; a person who excels in managing people and negotiating. Do you have a service orientated mind set and just love to coordinate with others? If this is you, then … Continue reading

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Health Hype and Unmentionable Reality Bites

In early October, in sunny and warm California, I am sitting in a darkened conference hall. I once again hadn’t remembered that there where people enjoy (at least from a Finn’s perspective) year-round summer, one shivers indoors. Air-condition cooled air … Continue reading

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Cultivating ideas ripe – just right for consumer bite

While walking my mind raced How are economic battles fought I thought Transparency, being open and true Golden thumb rules for company success I’ve been often told Those who claim they know the secrets to success also say Leaders of … Continue reading

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Winds of change – new career sailing ahead

I turned sixty in July. To my surprise many random acquaintances, after hearing of my life’s milestone and congratulating continued in the same breath by asking: “When are you planning on retiring? Made any plans yet?” I answered: Haven’t really … Continue reading

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