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.
Computers still run slower than the human brain. However, if their speed continues to increase at the current rate, they will reach the capabilities of the human brain in the coming decades - told PAP Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber, called the "father of modern artificial intelligence".
Every airliner gets struck by lightning once or twice per year, and although current lightning protection solutions protect passengers almost completely, researchers are working on a new material for the exterior of the plane's plating - lighter, cheaper, durable and conductive.
Bialystok University of Technology students are building a bionic hand prosthesis, designed to help in everyday life of the disabled after hand amputation. Signal will be sent to the prosthesis by contracting the corresponding forearm muscles, making it possible to make hand movements.
By the end of the year, the National Centre for Research and Development will announce a tender for a prototype zero-emission bus in the program "Zero emission public transport". "We have the ambition and resources to develop the whole bloodstream of zero-emission transport for Polish cities" - said Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Piotr Dardziński.