A revolution in lithium-ion batteries is becoming more realistic

The modern world relies on portable electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, cameras or camcorders. Many of these devices are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which could be smaller, lighter, safer and more efficient if the liquid electrolytes they contain were replaced by solids. A promising candidate for a solid-state electrolyte is a new class of materials based on lithium compounds, presented by physicists from Switzerland and Poland.

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Recovery of nova spotted by ancient Koreans illuminates many stages of star system’s life cycle

On a cold March night in Seoul almost 600 years ago, Korean astrologers spotted a bright new star in the tail of the constellation Scorpius. It was seen for just 14 days before fading from visibility. From these ancient records, modern astronomers determined that what the Royal Imperial Astrologers saw was a nova explosion, but they have been unable to find the binary star system that caused it - until now.

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Polish physicists observe light-by-light scattering at CERN

Another important discovery was made with a significant contribution by Polish physicists conducting research at CERN within the ATLAS experiment using the Large Hadron Collider. For the first time ever, light-by-light scattering has been observed – a very rare phenomenon consisting in an interaction between two photons.

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Polish scientific achievements and innovations in the Bulletin

We are pleased to invite you to read the second edition of our Bulletin prepared by the team of the Polish National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU. Even though it is summertime, we are not on holidays and we are currently taking part in a discussion about the future of research and innovation in the EU.

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Making measurements in space yet more accurate

An international team of astronomers led by the Polish Araucaria group from the PAS Copernicus Astronomical Center announced another important discovery in the field of measuring distances across the Universe. Based on very precise measurements of the distances to the near galaxies of the Large Magellanic Cloud and the Small Magellanic Cloud, the researchers were able to determine how the luminosity of Cepheids depends on metallicity.

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ERC Workshop: How to succeed in an ERC grant application?

Imperial College London in collaboration with Polish Academy of Sciences will hold an information event for researchers intending to apply to the forthcoming ERC calls, with the emphasis on Starting and Consolidator schemes. The event will take place on 28 June 2017 at Staszic’s Palace in Warsaw.

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The PIASt call for applications is now open

The Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIASt) Fellowship Programme offers 5- or 10-month residencies mainly in the Humanities and Social sciences in Warsaw. We are waiting for your applications until June 19th 2017. The beginning of residences in October 2017.

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“Added Value of Excellence in European Research”

Europe is built on a reliable basis of common values and traditions and Europe’s success in the future will extensively depend on its knowledge base. Essential to realizing this future are Europe’s major strengths in research: its cutting-edge and diverse science and innovation landscape, its world-class science and research institutions, both public and private.

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HFSP grant for prof. Grzegorz Wilczyński Team form Nencki Institute

The Laboratory of Molecular and Systemic Neuromorphology headed by Professor Grzegorz Wilczyński has been awarded a prestigious intercontinental HFSP grant (Human Frontiers Science Program). Within the project, the team of  Professor Wilczyński, and their colleagues from USA and Spain, will investigate the higher-order chromatin structure of neurons.

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IPC PAS starts cooperation with a leading university in China

Polish physical chemistry is joining forces with Chinese medical and molecular biology and biochemistry. In Tianjin an agreement has been signed on long-term cooperation between the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Nankai University, one of the highest ranked research units in China.

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