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.
The British Academy is providing academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage and in any discipline within the humanities and the social sciences) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months. Visiting Fellows will work with colleagues at UK host institutions in order to develop new research collaborations and/or deepen existing partnerships.
The Polish Academy of Sciences urges for a coherent strategy to be worked out for the protection of the Białowieża Forest, above all taking account of facts and the findings of scientific research.
Science: Polish Perspectives (SPP) is a series of events connecting Polish scientific diaspora all over the world. Community of Polish scientists working abroad met in Berlin during SPP Meetup Berlin 2017 on 13-14 October 2017.
The international conference on managing bark beetle outbreak in Białowieża Primeval Forest, organized by the Polish Academy of Sciences, was held in Warsaw on December 4, 2017.
On October 10th the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent (number P30805USPC) for an invention entitled: “Genetically encoded FRET-based MMP-9 activity biosensors and use thereof”.
The results of research conducted by Polish scientists on Chopin's heart and published recently in the American Journal of Medicine show that the composer was suffering from tuberculosis and the direct cause of his death was probably tuberculous pericarditis (Witt M, Szklener A, Kawecki J, Rużyłło W, Negrusz-Kawecka M, Jeleń M, Langfort R, Marchwica W, Dobosz T. A Closer Look at Frederic Chopin's Cause of Death. Am J Med. 2017 Oct 11).
Alexander Rodrigues de Castro from Brazil, Edward Waysband and Naomi Mandel from Israel, Sinkwan Cheng from Hong Kong, Pascal Dubourg Glatigny from France, Darya Malyutina and Mikhail Khorkov from Russia, and many others, will run their projects in Poland as fellowship holders of the Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIASt). On 25 October the Institute officially celebrated the beginning of 2017-18 academic year.