Most materials are still discovered by trial and error, because it is difficult to predict the right arrangement of atoms. Dr. Michał Tomza from the University of Warsaw proposes to use quantum simulations to understand the properties of materials that are being designed.
It would seem that we know all there is to know about evaporation. Meanwhile, there\'s another surprise: small droplets turn out to be marauders and evaporate more slowly than their larger counterparts, physicists from the Warsaw institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences found.
Electrons in graphene carry not only electric charge and information about spin, but also information about the so-called pseudospin. Research of the last of these properties will enable the development of a completely new branch of technology - valleytronics (analogous to electronics and spintronics).
Astronomers for the first time simultaneously registered two types of waves: gravitational and electromagnetic waves originating from one phenomenon - a collision of two neutron stars. Polish researchers participated in observations conducted by research teams around the world.
Can a carbon dioxide molecule be bent with metal atoms and converted into something chemically useful? How to influence the gas to make it more susceptible to chemical transformation? Studies on CO2, as well as structural analysis of proteins - such as pancreatic digestive enzymes - are enabled by analytical technique called mass spectrometry.
When the nucleus of the atom is excited, its shape can change for a very short period of time. Until now, this phenomenon has been observed in the most massive elements. Finally, however, the researchers - including Polish scientists - managed to observe the "second face" of a light nucleus.