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How to prepare Europe for health crises?

Urgent investments in research and innovation, long-term strategy and better cooperation between countries are needed – assesses the EU-LIFE consortium, which includes the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology associated with the Polish Academy of Sciences. Scholars call for allocating more funds for science under the new EU budget.

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Health assessment of Poles: trends and challenges

Why are Poles’ lives getting shorter? Which diseases are the leading causes of death? Will pandemics become commonplace? On June 22, 2020 the PAS Committee on Demographic Studies devoted its session to discuss these issues. We are sharing with you our experts’ conclusions.

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Quantum dots and their applications

Unsolved mysteries of the microworld and the most difficult questions in the field of quantum thermodynamics draw up his daily bread. Krzysztof Ptaszyński, a PhD from the PAS Institute of Molecular Physics was named one of the 100 most talented young scientists awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science.

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PASIFIC programme: First meeting of the Advisory Board

50 talented scientists from abroad will come to Poland to carry out their research in the institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Recruitment procedures will start in 2021, but preparations are already in full swing. The first consultations with excellent scientists, who have shared their experiences and insights with the Academy, are already behind us.

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First observation of Pauli crystals

The theory of scientists from the PAS Institute of Physics has been experimentally confirmed by German physicists from the University of Heidelberg. The experiment concerns the formation of Pauli crystals – the structures in which atoms can arrange themselves in an unusual geometric configurations. This is another step towards the development of quantum technologies that will change our lives.

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Literary journeys with Polish romantic writers

Planning a summer vacation? Think about staying in Poland and exploring lesser-known destinations. The creators of the New Panorama of Polish Literature from the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences invite you for a journey in the footsteps of Polish romantic writers.

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PAS experts: Natural water retnetion is a key factor in flood and drought prevention in Poland

Due to accelerating climate change the occurance of phenomenon such as droughts and floods will increase – emphasizes the Advisory Group for Climate Crisis appointed by the president of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Poland has one of the lowest water resources in Europe. Scholars call for comprehensive actions to increase water retention by protecting the natural landscape and small water rentention.

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Mom in crown: Pregnancy and birth in a pandemic

Sense of uncertainty around COVID-19, difficulties in getting antenatal tests, and numerous changes in prenatal care – these are just some of the reasons that may cause additional stress in pregnant women during the pandemic. Scientists from the PAS Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy and the Jagiellonian University decided to check how mother’s mental state can influence her baby.

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What will cinema be after lockdown?

What will movie thetres be like in the near future? What’s immersive cinema? Maciej Głowiak, head of the New Media Department at the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), sheds light on new immersive media that may change the perception of cinema.

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PAS President supports „Friends of the ERC” petition

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the importance of investing in science, basic research and bold research ideas. There is a concern, however, that the budget of the European Research Council (ERC) – for the most pioneering research projects – may face significant cuts. Among the notable supporters of securing funding for the ERC are prominent scholars, Noble laureates, leading scientific institutions, including Polish Academy of Sciences.

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European academies of sciences warn about stem cel therapies

Regenerative medicine seems to hold promise for the treatment of many serious diseases. So far, its effectiveness has been confirmed only in few cases. Despite this, commercial clinics – guided by profit motive – offer unproven cell and gene-based therapies. Such unethical practices put patients at risk. European academies of sciences address this increasing problem in their latest report.

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Keeping COVID-19 at bay in Poland

The recommendation to stay at home, introduced in Poland six weeks ago, resulted in a considerable curbing of the COVID-19 epidemic. The reproduction number R (which measures the average number of persons that are infected by an infected individual) has decreased in Poland and is currently at the level of 1.02-1.04. Obviously, it would be highly desirable if this index were lower than 1.0, which would mean that the epidemic is in retreat. At this moment, however, the epidemic in Poland remains at a comparable, though rather low-intensity level.

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