Variety of microbes under stress conditions produce… high-value plastic. Such a material, which is not artificial at all, easily decomposes and additionally displays good biocompatibility properties. We can use them to produce dressings or implant biomaterials.
Prof. Agnieszka Dobrzyń, the director of the Nencki Institute, appointed the Deputy Directors and Director's Representative on February 2nd, 2018.
The session of the Scientific Council devoted to the Report on the Nencki Institute activities took place on February 2nd, 2018. Prof. Andrzej Wrobel commenced the meeting by welcoming the guests.
The day of January 30th , 2018 was the last day of the exhibition "Bioimagine: Inspiration of Invisible World?” at the Nencki Institute PAS. However, on January 17th , 2018 the Director of the Institute prof. Adam Szewczyk, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nencki Institute PAS, established a new library collection under the name: "Nencki Art Collection".
On January 17th, 2018, a ceremony was held, during which the Director of the Nencki Institute, prof. Adam Szewczyk, in acknowledgment of special merits for the development of the Nencki Institute, handed out the medals to prof. Jerzy Puchalski and prof. Wiesław Bogdanowicz. Prof. Puchalski was in charge of the Botanical Garden PAS in Powsin for almost 28 years.
On November 22nd, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent (application number US 15/106,163) for an invention entitled: “A method for detecting an increased risk of developing skin cancer and a use of a genotype variant of the GRHL3 gene”.
On February 1st, 2018 Prof. Agnieszka Dobrzyń was nominated for the position of the Director of the Nencki Institute. The nomination was signed by the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Prof. Jerzy Duszyński, which came about as a result of an open recruitment procedure.
NASA and European Space Agency are preparing for another great mission to explore the Red Planet as part of the InSight project. A space probe will carry out geophysical and seismological field studies on Mars. Its goal is to examine the nature of the planet’s nucleus, which will be helpful in preparing the ground for sending the first manned mission to Mars.
The world is bad and life is meaningless? It is not necessarily the fault of the world or life – or even your willingness. The sources of depression are complex and still poorly understood chemical processes occurring in the brain between neurons.
When scientists have an interesting idea, the result is usually a joint publication. At the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow, it has been shown that tracking the dependencies between co-authors, one can not only see the paths along which scientific ideas flow, but also reconstruct the structure of scientific cooperation and detect emerging communities.
Fragment of a meteorite, fossils, plant seeds, human DNA, tardigrades, coins, photos of the Earth, silicon crystals - are the treasures buried by Polish scientists in a time capsule on Spitsbergen. The container is designed to appear on the surface of the Earth in about 500 thousand years.
Only 20 countries have year-round research stations in the Antarctic. Working at the Polish Antarctic Station provides a rare opportunity to visit and get to know this region.