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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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The chemical tree of the origins of life on Earth

Scientists from the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences have developed an algorithm showing how a network of simple chemical reactions could have contributed to the emergence of life on Earth billions of years ago. Their discovery – “chemical tree of the origins of life” – have been recently published in the prestigious Science journal.

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PAS suport for young scientists from Belarus

The Polish Academy of Sciences announces the implementation of a new program addressed to young researchers from Belarus. Thanks to this decision, scientists interested in research on climate change, including research on Earth and environment, nature conservation, biodiversity, water management as well as social transformation, will have the opportunity to take up studies at PAS doctoral schools.

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Water’s physical states vs. climate change

Is the higher frequency of tropical cyclones, droughts and flash floods the result of changes in the circulation of water in nature? In the latest issue of Academia magazine entitled „Water” Dr. Aleksandra Kardaś, atmospheric physicist and science popularizer, writes about how water and its various physical states affect the climate.

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SARS-CoV-2 pooled testing for students

The PAS Institute of Experimental Biology together with the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education plans to test medical students for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in early October. Scientists will use a novel method developed within the SONAR Anti-CoronaVirus project. Thanks to screening tests they will determine how widespread the virus is in a given population.

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Spitsbergen glaciers are melting

Glaciers covering approximately 60% of the Svalbard archipelago have been systematically melting since the 1980s. "If the current warming rate continues, it would be extremely difficult to avoid further mass loss of Svalbard glaciers in the future," commented the researchers in a paper recently published in Nature Communications. Among the authors of the article is Bartłomiej Luks, PhD from the PAS Institute of Geophysics.

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Safe and effective vaccines, available to all

COVID-19 vaccines must be safe, efficacious and accessible to everyone, urge members of the international organization InterAcademy Partnership (IAP). IAP, of which the Polish Academy of Sciences is a member, has published a position on the ongoing research for COVID-19 vaccine and vaccine distribution.

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Polish physicist awarded with the ICO Prize

The International Optics Commission (ICO) has presented prestigious awards for the 36th time. The distinction is awarded annually to researchers who have made a noteworthy contribution to optics. ICO is supported by the Polish Academy of Sciences.

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Water stress discussed at the 2020 Economic Forum

Water becomes scarce resource even in regions where there seems to be an abundance of water. Scientists and policymakers have met on this year’s Economic Forum, held in Karpacz, to discuss how to prevent water shortages. Prof. Paweł Rowiński, vice-president of the Polish Academy of Sciences, was one of the invited speakers.

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Oldest ever Neanderthal remains found in Central-Eastern Europe

In recently published Scientific Reports, prestigious Nature Research journal, archaeologists prove that the remains of a Neanderthal discovered in the Stajnia Cave (Silesia) may date back as far as 116,000 years. One of members of the international researcher team was Prof. Adam Nadachowski from the PAS Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals.

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