All you need to know about coronavirus

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Kórnik Castle restored

The castle in Kórnik near Poznań is one of the Poland’s most valuable historic monuments. It also houses the archives and the Kórnik Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences. After eight years of thorough renovation, the Pearl of Wielkopolska region has just regained its former glory.

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PASIFIC kick-off meeting

The kick-off meeting, officially inaugurating the PASIFIC Program, will take place on November 5th, 2020 from 14:00 to 16:00 (CEST). It is a postdoc fellowship program addressed to researchers from around the world, who wish to carry out their research at the PAS institutes. We invite you to attend our online event next Thursday.

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COVID-19 Advisory Team in the Polish Senate

On October 19, 2020, the COVID-19 Advisory Team headed by Prof. Jerzy Duszyński, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, presented its report – "Understanding COVID-19" – in the Senate of the Republic of Poland. Senators and the public had the opportunity to get acquainted with the experts’ guidelines. The meeting was held as part of the session of the Senate team "Health of the Poles".

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Can computers outsmart human experts?

Is it possible to "teach" computers to plan multistep organic syntheses? A group of scientists from the PAS Institute of Organic Chemistry, Northwestern University and Ulsan University in South Korea, led by Prof. Bartosz Grzybowski, has proven that automated synthetic planning at an expert level is feasible. Their groundbreaking program has been recently described in Nature.

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Polish paleontologists discover the oldest mammaliaform fossil

Polish researchers has discovered and described the remains of the world’s oldest mammaliaform from Greenland. During an expedition, organized by Dr. Tomasz Sulej from the PAS Institute of Paleobiology, a fragment of the lower jaw with two double-rooted teeth was found in rocks dating from 215 million years ago. This groundbreaking discovery, which sheds new light on the origin of the mammals, has been published in the latest issue of PNAS journal.

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Arctic world within reach

What is life like in remote polar research station? A foretaste of it one can get watching “A year in the Arctic” 3D mapping on the Wilanów Palace façade. The first illumination will take place on Saturday, October 17.

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A new rapid coronavirus test

Researchers from thePAS Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in Poznańhave developed a new rapidtest for SARS-CoV-2. It is the fourth generationof fast coronavirus test developed by PAS researchers. Thanks to the improvements, many laboratories will soon have the capacity to run much more tests per day than ever before. The test is already in production.

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Innovative method of methane utilization gains recognition abroad

A team of scientists from the Institute of Chemical Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gliwice has developed a new method of methane recovery from the coal mine ventilation air. The TFRR technology – Thermal Flow Reversal Reactor – does not cause the formation of toxic gases such as nitrogen oxides or carbon monoxide.

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Urgent Appeal on the Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis

The Interdisciplinary COVID-19 Advisory Team to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences has just released a series of recommendations that should help prevent the further spread of the pandemic. The Team appeals to employers, healthcare professionals, and all individuals to alter our attitudes and behavior to protect the most vulnerable members of society.
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Prof. Janusz Kacprzyk joins EURASC

Prof. Janusz Kacprzyk from the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences has been elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC). EURASC, based in Brussels, is one of the largest and most prestigious pan-European academies of sciences.

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Monocultures put the proper water cycle at risk

In the latest issue of Nature Geoscience, an international team of scientists shows that the current land management, promoting monocultures in forestry and agriculture, has a negative impact on water resources and hinders climate change adaptation. Their conclusions have been based on the analysis of ecohydrological processes. Prof. Maciej Zalewski, from the European Regional Center for Ecohydrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, co-authored the article.

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Registration for the ERC Mentoring Initiative workshops is open

The Polish Academy of Sciences and the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna) invite scientists of the humanities and social sciences to an online workshop, which will take place on December 4-5, 2020. The meetings are addressed to researchers, who intend to apply for Starting or Consolidator ERC grants in the years 2021-2023.

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Black holes research wins Nobel Prize

Today, the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to the British mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose and two astronomers: Prof. Reinhard Genzel from Germany and Prof. Andrei M. Ghez from the US. Penrose, together with the famous British cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who died in 2018, have proven the famous black hole theorem. Prof. Penrose has been a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences since 1994.

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Rotating chemical reactor on Nature’s front page

Prof. Bartosz Grzybowski from the PAS Institute of Organic Chemistry and the UNIST University in South Korea together with his team have proven that one rotating reactor can replace complex laboratory devices. With the help of centrifugal force, liquids of different densities placed in the reactor are separated, due to changes in rotational speed, and undergo a series of chemical reactions. Photograph of this innovative solution have been published on the cover of the latest issue of Nature journal.

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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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