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Katalin Karikó's impressive ascension is just a glitch in the matrix

Hungarian scientist Katalin Karikó made news in the last few years, as her decades-long research significantly contributed to the development of Pfizer's COVID vaccine. While the proportion of women in higher education in Hungary has been higher than that of men, female scientists are much less recognised and appointed to high positions. Is the world of science in Hungary gender-centred? Is there discrimination and sexism in the system? We spoke with female academics, to try to unlock the secrets of a difficult career.

Who was the first Hungarian to set foot in America?

It's very likely that Hungarians had visited America before the colonial period. What is questionable, however, is who the first Hungarian visitor was: whether it was a man who landed with the Vikings and, according to legend, got drunk on the local vines, or a humanist scientist who lived in the 16th century and was shipwrecked on his way home from the New World.

Meet the 16 year old from Hungary whose idea is to be released by LEGO

A Hungarian high school student won LEGO's idea competition: the foosball table he came up with will be made into an official LEGO model. Meet 16-year-old Donát.

Hundreds returned to Romania – thousands decided to stay

Every year, more and more students cross the border from Hungarian settlements in Romania to continue their secondary education in Hungary. The brain drain is hard on the Hungarian high schools in Romania and in the long run it could challenge the communities of the Hungarian minority in the region if the future intelligentsia settles permanently in the motherland.

What does goulash have to do with Hungarian gulyás?

If you don't understand Hungarian, you'll probably never know how to make a real stew, goulash or paprikash, and you'll end up with a floury, carroty, potato stew on your plate. How is Hungarian cuisine perceived abroad and what are the interpretations of our famous dishes?

I left the last two apartments in tears

For the Hungarian Roma, looking for a place to rent can be a disheartening and stressful experience. Discrimination is rarely so open that an official complaint could be submitted about it.

Hungary's current family policy draws a dividing line between the "deserving" and the "undeserving"

Record low birth rates, rising marriage rates, hundreds of billions of forints dispersed as financial support for families, same-sex couples excluded from adoption – in the final part of Telex's five-part series, we examined the impact of the current Hungarian family policy.

"I was being treated as if it were reprehensible that my body was doing its job"

Unsolicited procedures, misdiagnoses, symptoms being labelled as hysteria and obstetric violence – in the fourth of a five-part series, Telex looks at the situation of Hungarian women and healthcare.

"The social capital most squandered these days is that of young Roma women"

What does feminism mean to Roma women? Do women living in deep poverty dare to dream? What are their chances of breaking out of extreme poverty? In part three of our five-part Telex series, we are taking a look at the problems and circumstances of the disadvantaged Roma women in Hungary.

Preschool teacher by day, nail tech by night – just to make ends meet

When comparing the situation of women and men in the labour market, the pay gap comes to mind first, but the problem is much more complex. How is it possible that Hungarian women are more educated than men, yet earn less, and what role does the government play in inequalities? In part two of our five-part series, we are examining the situation of women in the labour market.

It's not easy getting a medical report confirming the day-to-day oppression

Violence against women may be the most common human rights violation worldwide, yet it is the least reported crime. What is the current situation of abused women in Hungary and how do the authorities treat the victims? In this five-part Telex series looking at issues faced by women in Hungary, this is the first question we explore.

Accommodating Ukrainian refugees is as much work as running an Airbnb

Many Hungarians have been housing Ukrainian refugees in their home, and while this is indeed a noble act, there are still utilities to pay, laundry to wash, shopping to do, and cleaning to keep up with. Some people have even started a collection to finance the housing of refugees. In other countries, state aid is available for those who take in refugees. Not in Hungary.

Plasma therapy: the Covid success story that wasn't

Plasma extracted from the blood of recovered Covid patients has been used with great promise in the treatment of the disease worldwide, but it now appears that its efficacy is not proven in most cases and that it may only be justified for certain groups of patients at most. The pioneer of Covid plasma therapy in Hungary told Telex that they are still looking at exactly how it should be used, but he believes the treatment is beginning to find its place.

What is Fidesz's game plan now that Hungary's economy is passing from seven years of plenty to seven years of scarcity?

If possible, Orbán would prefer to keep the fixed utility costs, the single-rate tax and the price freezes, but he must also do something about the ballooning deficit and severe inflation. What is next for the economy and what can the Prime Minister do about it? Analysis.

The Hungarian-American pastor who held services a block away from the White House while working as an FBI agent

Stephen Sziarto (Sziártó István) was born in 1910 to Hungarian immigrants in the southern part of West Virginia. He was fluent in Hungarian, and despite never having visited Hungary, his dual Hungarian-American identity stuck with him throughout his adventurous life. He worked as a Hungarian Reformed pastor, a special agent for the FBI, and even an entrepreneur in forestry. How did a talented boy born into a coal-mining family become a prominent member of the Hungarian-American community?