Three gold and two silver medals and special prizes were awarded to Polish scientists during the 20th Moscow International Salon of Inventions and Innovative Technologies "Archimedes 2017". Nearly 800 inventions from 18 countries were presented at the event.
The mysterious history of the rauks - spectacular shape forms of the rocky coast of the Baltic Sea - is being investigated by Dr. Mateusz Czesław Strzelecki from the University of Wroclaw. Sea stacks, also called rauks from their name in Swedish, are groups of columns of rock towering over limestone platforms extending along the coast of Gotland and Farö.
Searching for exoplanets, or planets outside the solar system, requires huge amounts of data to be filtered. Astronomers perform such analyses with computational clouds. The latest clouds will be investigated in view of scientific applications by an international team coordinated by the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków.
In the human brain, synapses are responsible, among other things, for the ability to remember and learn. Researchers at the University of Lodz are working on artificial synapses, which will be an indispensable part of a neuromorphic computer, mimicking the operation of the human brain.
If we knew the mechanisms that occur in the amygdala of the brain, it would be much easier to build social relationships. We would be able to better treat autism and psychopathy. Therefore, many scientists in experiments on animals (such studies on humans are not allowed) investigate the functioning of the different communication channels. A lot of money is spent on this research.
Six women researchers received fellowships lasts Thursday in the 16th edition of the L\'Oreal Polska For Women and Science competition. The winners will conduct innovative research on proteins, look for new anticancer drugs and mechanisms of genetic diseases.
Poles submit many applications for the prestigious ERC grants, but very few win them. "The average ERC success rate is 11 percent, and in Poland it is 2.5 percent" - told PAP Ewa Kuśmierczyk from the Excellence in Science Department of the Polish Academy of Sciences, which helps Poles in obtaining these grants.
Nearly 16 million zlotys went to the winners of the Diamond Grant competition of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In the fifth edition of the competition, the Ministry of Science awarded 83 people who conduct important research already during their studies. They received the awards on Wednesday in Warsaw at the hands of the Minister of Science Jarosław Gowin.