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Mom in crown: Pregnancy and birth in a pandemic

Sense of uncertainty around COVID-19, difficulties in getting antenatal tests, and numerous changes in prenatal care – these are just some of the reasons that may cause additional stress in pregnant women during the pandemic. Scientists from the PAS Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy and the Jagiellonian University decided to check how mother’s mental state can influence her baby.

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What will cinema be after lockdown?

What will movie thetres be like in the near future? What’s immersive cinema? Maciej Głowiak, head of the New Media Department at the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), sheds light on new immersive media that may change the perception of cinema.

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PAS President supports „Friends of the ERC” petition

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the importance of investing in science, basic research and bold research ideas. There is a concern, however, that the budget of the European Research Council (ERC) – for the most pioneering research projects – may face significant cuts. Among the notable supporters of securing funding for the ERC are prominent scholars, Noble laureates, leading scientific institutions, including Polish Academy of Sciences.

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European academies of sciences warn about stem cel therapies

Regenerative medicine seems to hold promise for the treatment of many serious diseases. So far, its effectiveness has been confirmed only in few cases. Despite this, commercial clinics – guided by profit motive – offer unproven cell and gene-based therapies. Such unethical practices put patients at risk. European academies of sciences address this increasing problem in their latest report.

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Keeping COVID-19 at bay in Poland

The recommendation to stay at home, introduced in Poland six weeks ago, resulted in a considerable curbing of the COVID-19 epidemic. The reproduction number R (which measures the average number of persons that are infected by an infected individual) has decreased in Poland and is currently at the level of 1.02-1.04. Obviously, it would be highly desirable if this index were lower than 1.0, which would mean that the epidemic is in retreat. At this moment, however, the epidemic in Poland remains at a comparable, though rather low-intensity level.

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What can we do for kids with dyslexia?

Early identification and intervension may help to reduce the impact of dyslexia for the child’s future. Katarzyna Chyl, a PhD student from the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology runs an intriguing research studies on dyslexia.

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Copper ions vs. lifestyle diseases A step closer to solve the puzzle

In the recent years, there has been a growing number of scientific reports on the interactions between metal ions and peptides in the body with Alzheimer's disease or type 2 diabetes. Molecular aspects of these interactions still remain to be elucidated. Researchers around the world, including team of Prof. Wojciech Bal from the PAS Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, are working hard to fill the knowledge gaps. His group has found that the mechanism by which the copper ions bind to proteins and the time involved are different than previously thought.

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Greater predictability of floods in Sumatra possible thanks to the Polish studies

Heavy rainfalls are common on the Indonesian island. Landslides and floods make up over 50% of all natural disasters there. It turns out that extreme phenomena can be predicted with greater accuracy. Dariusz Baranowski, PhD from the PAS Institute of Geophysics carries out research on this subject. His team's findings has just been published in the prestigious Nature Communications journal.

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Research on COVID-19: PAS institutes with NCN grants

Developing of the COVID-19 lateral flow test kits. Understanding how SARS-CoV-2 works at the molecular level. These are examples of projects that will be implemented at the institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) thanks to the funding from the National Science Center (NCN).

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Polish weather proverbs: True or false?

"Hot July leads to frosts in January", " From the Saint Anne Day evenings and mornings will be cooler", " For Saint Wit crops will flourish". Such folk sayings are an expression of the collective wisdom of many generations. For hundreds of years, they helped farmers and sailors to predict the weather. But are they still valid? Scientists analyzed the proverbs’ accuracies.

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A 15-minute molecular test for coronavirus

New ultra-fast test for detecting SARS-CoV-2 virus is expected to be ready for validation by the end of this year. The Scope Fluidics, whose co-founder and CEO is Prof. Piotr Garstecki from the PAS Institute of Physical Chemistry, is working on it.

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Scientists test the Ventil device on animals

Two patients connected to one ventilator – it's possible thanks to the Ventil device, which for the last month has been tested on pair of pigs. If trials with animals prove successful, the ventilator splitter can be used in humans. This is extremely important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Small water retention protects against the drought effects

Over the years many riverbeds have been shortened, drainage ditches have been built, peat lands and swamps have been drained in Poland. All these actions accelerate water runoff from the land. "Now, the past investments have the opposite effect than we desire" – estimates hydrologist Prof. Paweł Rowiński, Vice President of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS).

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