All you need to know about coronavirus

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Understanding COVID-19. Report of the COVID-19 Advisory Team at the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences

A report delivered by a team of scientists, working under the supervision of Prof. Jerzy Duszyński, president of the Academy, presents the current state of knowledge about SARS-CoV-2 virus, COVID-19 disease and its medical, psychological, economic and social impacts. In an accessible manner, this document provides forecasts of the COVID-19 epidemic for the upcoming winter season and recommendations for citizens and institutions. 

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Water stress discussed at the 2020 Economic Forum

Water becomes scarce resource even in regions where there seems to be an abundance of water. Scientists and policymakers have met on this year’s Economic Forum, held in Karpacz, to discuss how to prevent water shortages. Prof. Paweł Rowiński, vice-president of the Polish Academy of Sciences, was one of the invited speakers.

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Oldest ever Neanderthal remains found in Central-Eastern Europe

In recently published Scientific Reports, prestigious Nature Research journal, archaeologists prove that the remains of a Neanderthal discovered in the Stajnia Cave (Silesia) may date back as far as 116,000 years. One of members of the international researcher team was Prof. Adam Nadachowski from the PAS Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals.

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PAS musicologist elected to Academia Europaea

Professor Paweł Gancarczyk from the PAS Institute of Art has been elected a new member of the prestigious scientific organization – Academia Europaea. This creates a good opportunity for world-wide promotion of Polish musicological research.

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Bacteriophages in the fight against coronavirus

At least 15% of COVID-19 patients suffer from severe form of the disease. We need an efficient therapeutic response to COVID-19 pandemic to save hundreds of thousands of people affected by the novel coronavirus. According to Prof. Andrzej Górski from the PAS Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy in Wrocław, phage therapy might be an effective method of treatment.

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Save weeds, but be smart!

Wild plants, commonly referred to as weeds, are the most threatened plant group. "Let’s protect native plants, thus preserving biodiversity, which is crucial for the functioning of the ecosystem, insects, animals and finally, ourselves" – appeals Prof. Arkadiusz Nowak from the PAS Botanical Garden. "However, we should remember that not all weeds deserve protection," he adds.

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A new method for tackling toxic air pollution

Researchers from the PAS Institute of Physical Chemistry have developed a cheap and effective chemical compound capable of purifying the air from various toxins. The invention can potentially be applied to produce air filters for industrial plants, as well as gas masks or protective suits for factory workers exposed to toxic vapors.

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Looking inside cells possible thanks to innovative dyes

They emit strong red light and facilitate the study of the finest cellular structures. New, stable fluorescent dyes were developed by scientists from the PAS Institute of Organic Chemistry. They provide an opportunity to investigate, for example, proteins associated with Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease.

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Academic Center for Virology is being created in Łódź

It is established by scientific institutions that during the COVID-19 pandemic have supported hospitals and sanitary epidemiological stations by carrying out tests for coronavirus. Those institutions agreed to conduct joint research and apply for grants. Medical University of Lodz is a leader of the newly established consortium, while the PAS Institute of Medical Biology is one of its partners.

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