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Event marking the start of the academic year in Ljubljana. Photo: Boštjan Podlogar/STA
Slovenian 15-year-olds perform below average in creative thinking, view aspects of creativity more negatively, and are less open to obtaining new knowledge and experience, according to fresh study results that have educational authorities concerned.
The PISA Global Competence survey, coordinated b
Prime Minister Robert Golob and ESA director general Josef Aschbacher sign Slovenia's membership agreement. Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA
Slovenia has signed an agreement to become a full member of the European Space Agency (ESA) effective in 2025, a move years in the making that is seen as a major boost to the local aerospace industry.
The agreement was signed on 18 June by Prime Minister Robert Golob and ESA director general Josef
Researcher Taja Jeseničnik from the Biotechnical Faculty in Ljubljana. Photo: Jakob Pintar/STA

New technique might overcome GMO stigma

Environment & NatureScience & Education
Europe remains apprehensive about using genetically modified organisms in agriculture and has strict laws against GMOs, which is why researchers have started working on various ways to use genetic techniques without altering plant genomes in order to overcome the stigma of GMOs. The Biotechnical Fa
Guests enjoy the Maribor Velvet Dinner at dusk. Photo: Andreja Seršen Dobaj/STA

Dining al fresco in style in Maribor

Science & EducationTravels
A long table stylishly laid at the foot of the most remarkable vineyard in Maribor set the stage for the finest feast of the year in the city, served by young talents with great panache.
Under the watchful eyes of their mentors and three star chefs, some 80 Maribor hospitality students served 150 g
The Jožef Stefan Institute launches a facility to advance nuclear fusion technology. Photo: Manca Ahčin/STA
Slovenia's leading research institution, the Jožef Stefan Institute (IJS) has officially launched a new facility at its TRIGA nuclear research reactor meant to advance fusion energy technology. The aim is to study how and why intense radiation occurs during the cooling of fusion reactors so as to e
A child walks on oobleck at the 15th science festival Znanstival. Photo: Jakob Pintar/STA

What happens when you start running on an innocuous looking gooey liquid and then stop? And what about when you look at the world through reversing goggles? Judging by the looks on children's faces, what matters most is the fun of it, but it is also a precious hands-on learning experience.

A Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA
Slovenian researchers, along with their German counterparts, have developed and tested a new method to deliver vaccines using mucoadhesive film that sticks to the cheek mucous membrane. This method could offer greater protection against respiratory infections compared to traditional methods, but fu
PM Robert Golob and University of Primorska rector Klavdija Kutnar sign a letter of intent on a new medical school (pictured in the background). Photo: Katja Kodba/STA

Slovenia to get third medical school

Health & MedicineScience & Education
Faced with doctor shortages, long wait times in healthcare and an ongoing doctors' strike, the Slovenian government has decided to back the creation of a third medical school in the country. Joining those in Ljubljana and Maribor, the new school will be part of the University of Primorska.
Prime Mi
President Nataša Pirc Musar (left) presents the Golden Bee award to Fiona Chambers, executive director of the Australian Wheen Bee Foundation. Photo: Katja Kodba/STA

Australian bee foundation wins Golden Bee award

Environment & NatureScience & Education
The Australian Wheen Bee Foundation is the winner of this year's Golden Bee award, a prize given out by Slovenia on World Bee Day in recognition of achievements in the promotion, conservation and research of bees and other pollinators.
The Wheen Bee Foundation is a non-profit organisation raising a
A bumblebee on a sunflower. Photo: Danilo Bevk

Humble bumblebees doing tremendous job

Environment & NatureScience & Education
Bee may be the buzzword as World Bee Day is celebrated around the globe at Slovenia's initiative on 20 May, but the day underlines the importance of all pollinators, including bumblebees, which researchers say are doing a tremendous job.
Bumblebees, solitary bees, hoverflies, butterflies and other
The freeze-dried barley dish that Slovenian students made for an astronaut's breakfast in a NASA competition. Photo: Boštjan Podlogar/STA

Third place for Slovenians in astronaut food cup

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Slovenian students have won third place in the NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge, a competition where students come up with innovative meals for astronauts.
The Slovenian team, the first non-American team in the history of the competition, consisted of two students from BIC Ljubljana, an educational ce
A star moving around a newly discovered black hole in the centre of the picture. Photo: Courtesy of the Ljubljana Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Slovenian astrophysicists Andreja Gomboc and Tomaž Zwitter have been part of a team that discovered the most massive stellar black hole yet found in the Milky Way. Unlike similar discoveries in distant galaxies, this one allows more in-depth research into the origin of such massive black holes.