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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