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Quantum and classical states from the borderland of worlds

There is a reason why quantum properties seem extremely exotic: our senses simply cannot see them in the world around us. It turns out, however, that the boundary between exotic quantum reality and classical reality does not have to be as strict as it may seem. Researchers from Cracow, Poland, have shown that there can be quantum states that on one hand exhibit the most characteristic of quantum features, whilst being as close to classical states as is possible in quantum mechanics.

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Safeguarding Our Climate, Advancing Our Society

Together with the participants of the "Safeguarding Our Climate, Advancing Our Society" symposium held during the COP24 climate summit in Katowice in December 2018, we have prepared a special issue of Academia: The Magazine of the Polish Academy of Sciences dealing with global climate change and the challenges it poses. We are sure you will find the numerous contributions from top-notch scholars and experts well-focused and highly illuminating.

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Do people who procrastinate learn less from their mistakes?

People with tendency to procrastinate - those who tend to postpone important matters "until tomorrow" - process their mistakes differently than people who do not delay. This was demonstrated in brain studies conducted by Dr. Marek Wypych from the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology.

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The International Center for Translational Eye Research at the PAS Institute of Physical Chemistry

Professor Maciej Wojtkowski from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Professor Krzysztof Palczewski from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine has received financing to the tune of nearly PLN 35 million from the Foundation of Polish Science for the International Research Agendas Program. Researchers will create an International Center for Translational Eye Research (ICTER), which will deal with the dynamics and plasticity of the human eye.

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USA Patent for the Nencki Institute

The U.S. Patent Office has granted the USA patent, numbered US 15/553,575, for the invention entitled ‘A METHOD FOR THE EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF A PRE-DIABETIC STATE AND TYPE 2 DIABETES’. The patent is owned by researchers from the Nencki Institute, which holds full exclusivity to this invention: Prof. Agnieszka Dobrzyn and Dr. Kamil Kozinski from the Laboratory of Cell Signaling and Metabolic Disorders, and Prof. Pawel Dobrzyn and Dr. Tomasz Bednarski from the Laboratory of Molecular Medical Biochemistry.

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Position statement by the Polish Academy of Sciences regarding the large-scale culling of wild boars

“From the perspective of African swine fever, however, reducing the wild boar population should be merely one of the measures aimed at preventing the disease from spreading. Only around 5% of culled wild boards have had contact with the ASF virus. The infection rate is much higher among fallen wild boars (80%)…” – write representatives of the Polish Academy of Sciences in their position statement regarding the large-scale culling of wild boars.

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New invasive species threatening the EU’s environment have been identified

Certain species of fish, crayfish or squirrels, non-native in Europe, are among the most dangerous invasive alien species that can be detrimental to the EU’s environment. Most of them come from the tropical zone and have little chance of survival in Poland – says Dr. Wojciech Solarz from the Institute of Nature Conservation of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków.

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Nearly PLN 15 million for developing GaN technology

The Industrial Development Agency granted a loan for the amount of PLN 14.72 million to the Institute of High Pressure Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IWC PAN). The above funds will be used by IWC PAN for acquiring Ammono S.A. Consequently, the Institute will acquire the technology of producing substrate crystals from gallium nitride (GaN) and infrastructure making this production possible.

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In search of related particles

The last missing particle of the Standard Model, the Higgs boson, was discovered in 2012 in the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. Since then, searching for new, related particles has been underway. Predicted by various theories that go beyond known physics, Higgs bosons with positive or negative electric charge are among the favorites to be observed. But do these particles really exist?

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