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Trees for bees

In rural areas, bees have a more varied diet compared to urban areas. Scientists from the Institute of Nature Conservation of the Polish Academy of Sciences and other centers investigated what kind of pollen the red mason bee (Osmia bicornis) collects depending on the degree of urbanization.

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IAP voice on regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine has great potential for tissue regeneration and repair, comprising various novel interdisciplinary approaches including the use of cell and gene therapies, and tissue engineering. The pace of advance in this area is exciting, and the medical opportunities in addressing the causes of disease rather than the symptoms may be transformative, but concerns about the misuse of regenerative medicine technologies also grow. The InterAcademy Partnership network has issued a statement on this matter.

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Position statement 18 of the COVID-19 Advisory Team to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Public communication during the pandemic transparency and responsibility

We call for the establishment of an institution in Poland whose role would involve constantly monitoring impending health threats, communicating them to the public, and providing information about how to address them. The institution should have a multidisciplinary team of experts operating independently of the government and receiving permanent funding. The opinions and recommendations of the experts should be made directly and publicly available.

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Electricity generation from hydrogen peroxide

A team of scientists from the PAS Institute of Physical Chemistry presented their studies on the hydrogen peroxide generation at the boundary between two immiscible liquids – water and oil. Commercially available hydrogen peroxide is considered a promising candidate for producing power with minimal environmental impact.

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Call for applications: PIASt fellowship program

The Polish Institute of Advanced Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PIASt) has announced the call for applications in the fellowship program for the academic year 2022-2023. The deadline for submitting applications is October 31, 2021.

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Plan to control COVID-19 in the Western Balkans

Representatives of European academies of sciences met at the Berlin Process Joint Conference to talk about a plan to control COVID-19 in the Western Balkans. The conference was jointly organized by the Polish Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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Rare varieties of violets

Dr. Błażej Ślązak from the PAS Institute of Botany together with an international team of scientists examined species of violets native to the Canary Islands. The researchers paid particular attention to cyclotides – cyclic peptides produced by plants. Their findings have been published in Nature’s Scientific Reports.

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Research on loneliness

Pandemic restrictions could increase the feeling of loneliness, which may weaken healthy physiological responses, found the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Research on loneliness was carried out by Prof. Łukasz Okruszek with a team from the Social Neuroscience Lab. The results have been published in International Journal of Psychophysiology and Journal of Research in Personality.

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Earth Observations for citizens and the planet

Polish Science Contact Agency of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PolSCA) together with Czech Liaison Office for Education & Research (CZELO), Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDIO) and Slovak Liaison Office for Research and Development (SLORD) invite to the “V4 Conference 2021 – Earth Observations for citizens and the planet – V4 perspective on R&I contributions to the Copernicus programme”. The event under the Polish presidency of the Visegrad Group will be held on 29 June 2021 at 13:30 (CEST).

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To study the solar wind

Scientists from the Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences will build an instrument to study solar wind. This is the first independent experiment of Polish researchers in NASA’s mission.

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How glioma develops

Scientists from the PAS Institute of Computer Science, the Nencki Institute and the University of Warsaw created the first "Atlas" of regulatory areas active in gliomas of various degrees of malignancy. The study provides a better understanding of the mechanisms of glioblastoma development. The research results have been recently published in the Nature Communications.

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EMBO elects new members

Professor Zofia Szweykowska-Kulińska, a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and several PAS committees, has joined the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

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