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Mars releases trace amounts of methane. We know where

Small amounts of methane are sometimes released from the below the surface of Mars, show the results of analyses of an international team. Researchers – including a Polish scientist – have identified a possible source of methane on Mars and determined where the gas in that source comes from.

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Warsaw PhD School in Natural and BioMedical Sciences

On April 2 2019, at the Nencki Institute, 9 Warsaw scientific institutions signed an agreement to establish, and run a PhD school in cooperation with each other. It will be the Warsaw PhD School in Natural and BioMedical Sciences (Warsaw-4-PhD). The school will commence its activities in October 2019, and will offer interdisciplinary education in 4 scientific disciplines: biological, chemical, physical and medical sciences.

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Poles increasingly value friends and free time

The importance of work and religion decreases in the life of Poles, and the role of friends and free time continues to increase, studies of sociologists show. Polish attitudes approach those found in Western societies, sociologist Prof. Mirosława Marody comments for PAP.

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Meeting with National Institutes of Health representatives

At the initiative of Prof. Andrzej Górski, Ordinary Member of the Academy, on 25 March 2019 Polish Academy of Sciences hosted delegates of the USA National Institutes of Health: F. Gray Handley, M.S.P.H., Associate Director for International Research Affairs, Joseph Campbell, Ph.D., Office of Biodefense Research Resources and Translational Research Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and Joyelle Dominique, M.S., M.B.A., Regional Officer, Europe and Multilateral Affairs Office of Global Research.

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Tuchola Pinewoods negative effects of monoculture plantations

Since clearcutting was completely banned in the Tuchola Pinewoods (in the 18th century) and pine monoculture was introduced, the forest is more susceptible to disturbances such as: insect outbreaks, fires or windstorms – report scientists from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

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How do Foraminifera build their shells?

Foraminifera are single-celled organisms, whose shells can have extremely elaborate shapes. Researchers, including scientists from Kraków, took a sneak peek at the cellular mechanisms that allow Foraminifera to add new "rooms" to their capsule apartments. This research inspires the creation of materials of the future.

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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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