On February 19 (the birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus) Poland celebrates a new holiday, Polish Science Day in recognition of the achievements of Polish scientists. Here is our list of highlights over the last few years.
Botanists are saving a unique plant, Adenophora liliifolia (commonly called ladybells), from extinction. They sow and grow it in laboratories, and the best seeds go to the seed bank, where they are frozen in liquid nitrogen. After a few years, the seedlings from the PAS Botanical Garden will return to the Kampinos Forest.
The only thing that appears to be unchanging in living cells is that they are constantly changing. However, scientists from the IPC PAS have managed to show that there is a certain parameter that does not change. It’s their viscosity. This research, although basic, may contribute to the development of completely new diagnostic and therapeutic method.
Some of the oldest turtles in the world, living 215 million years ago in today's province Silesia, measured about one meter; they were probably omnivorous and amphibious. Researchers from the Institute of Paleobiology PAS presented the latest conclusions from the analysis of fossils.