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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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Structural details of monolayers revealed

Liquid crystal layers a single molecule thick can form extremely complicated structures. The complex construction of these monolayers makes it difficult to visualize them using standard scanning microscopy. Despite this, images from an STM, obtained at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, reveal, for the first time, structural details of monolayers of liquid crystal dimers, also indicating the mechanisms responsible for the birth of chirality.

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The splendid generative potential of the Sierpinski triangle

One transistor, just a pair of inductors and capacitors. Even such a simple electronic circuit can become an oscillator with a surprising richness of behaviour – prove scientists from the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Krakow together with their foreign collaborators from the University of Catania and University of Trento.

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The final sitting of the Scientific Council for the term 2015-2018

The final sitting of the Scientific Council for the term 2015-2018 took place on December 7th, 2018, during which a summary of Council activities was completed. During this time, the Council was chaired by Prof. Andrzej Wróbel, who was supported mainly by Prof. Maria Jolanta Rędowicz (Vice-Chair) and Prof. Katarzyna Łukasiuk (Secretary).

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Joint call for swift and just climate action the Katowice Memorandum

Researchers, intellectuals and spiritual leaders jointly call for swift and just climate action. Together, they formulate the Katowice Memorandum at a symposium co-organized by the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) during the 24th UN Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland. The joint symposium has been opened by Jerzy Duszyński, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Andrzej Kowalczyk, Rector of the University of Silesia in Katowice, HE Pierre Lévy, French Ambassador to Poland, Stéphanie Thiébault, CNRS Director of Institute of Ecology and Environment, and Msgr Marcello Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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"Science Diplomacy" Conference at the Nencki Institute

On Wednesday, November 28th, 2018, the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology Polish Academy of Sciences, organized a Conference on “Science Diplomacy”. The event took place in the Lecture Hall of the Center of Neurobiology of the Institute and was composed of an introduction to the field, followed by five presentations discussing various aspects of science diplomacy.

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