The number of patents granted to Polish companies and scientific institutes by the European Patent Office increased by 19 percent in 2016. At the same time the number of patent applications decreased by nearly 28 percent - according to the European Patent Office report.
We now know how to perform genetic recombination - shuffling genes in the process of creation of reproductive cells - significantly more effectively than before. It will allow to obtain new varieties of plants faster and more cheaply.
Millimetre-sized models of the human brain printed on a 3D printer? Scientists from Swedish Karolinska Institute are getting closer to producing them. These structures would facilitate studies of neurodegenerative diseases, pharmaceutical tests, and in the future also printing "spare parts" for the brain.
Production of biofuels, cosmetics, drugs - for all of this you can use algae, organisms mostly autotrophic, aquatic and full of nutrients. Warsaw University of Technology students have built equipment for culturing them. The installation testing has just begun.
Scientists have found a new way to remove oil leaking into the seas or oceans. They want it to be collected by the Mosquito Oil, which will land on the water and, like a giant mosquito, suck impurities into the tank that adjusts its size to the amount of absorbed liquid.
European researchers have taken strawberries, raspberries and black currants under the microscope. They investigate the physiological processes that determine the size and quality of these popular fruits. All this so that the fruits can be cultivated even in difficult climatic conditions in Europe.
Quinoa, amaranth, chickpeas are an excellent sources of vegetable protein, still underestimated in Europe. Consumption of animal protein still dominates on the Old Continent. Scientists want to change this by increasing European plant protein production by 25 percent.
Ministry of Science and Higher Education will shortly present a draft of the so-called second law on innovation, whose main aim will be to double the tax breaks for companies investing in research and development - said Minister Jarosław Gowin.
A device, which in the future may help prevent bacterial epidemics in hospitals, has been developed by an international team of scientists. According to the researchers' assumptions, the device will identify nine strains of bacteria within 15 minutes.