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June 17, 2010   
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In his thirst for knowledge, his drive to succeed and his determination to probe the secrets of the cosmos, the special guest of this issue of The Polish Science Voice is strongly reminiscent of the Polish folk hero Jan Twardowski—a legendary figure whose exploits captured the imagination of the great Romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz.

The special guest in question is Prof. Zbigniew Szadkowski from the Department of High Energy Astrophysics at the University of £ód¼.

Prof. Szadkowski is working on a multinational scientific project that is investigating one of the greatest puzzles of contemporary astrophysics: ultra-high energy cosmic rays known as cosmic accelerators. The interview with Szadkowski unmistakably testifies to the contribution and role of Polish scientists in international research groups looking for answers to key questions of science.

This is further confirmed by a prestigious award from the American Astronomical Society to a group of Polish scientists taking part in an international research project for investigating very high energy gamma rays. The project is known as the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS), and the award—the Bruno Rossi Prize—was given for the Polish scientists’ outstanding contribution to research involving fundamental questions of particle acceleration and the origins of cosmic radiation. This is the second time the American Astronomical Society has handed out a prize to Polish scientists. The first one went to astronomer and astrophysicist Bohdan Paczyński in 2000.

Meanwhile, Aleksandra Królak, a researcher at the Technical University of £ód¼, has created a computer program that allows paralyzed people to communicate with the world. Blinking is often the last movement left to a paralyzed person, Królak says, adding that her program, called b-Link, is now used by over 12,000 people worldwide. All that is needed to use it is a standard computer, or a laptop with an internet camera. The program is available for free from b-link.sourceforge.net
This issue of The Polish Science Voice, reports extensively on a full spectrum of Polish innovations and inventions, both those concerned with outer space and those more down to earth.
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