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THE POLISH SCIENCE VOICE
THE POLISH SCIENCE VOICE


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The Polish Science Voice  
No. 20
The Polish Science Voice

A publication Co-financed by Minister of Science and Higher Education
I have to confess something. Before I read what Dr. Jerzy Nawrocki, director of the Polish Geological Institute in Warsaw, told Danuta Górecka in this issue of The Polish Science Voice, I thought that geology was a relatively inert and rather conservative scientific discipline. Very down to earth, one might say, both literally and figuratively. I also thought that a geologist was-no offense-something of a cross between a mole and a historian. And if I did suspect that geology was in fact an entirely modern branch of science and that geologists were among the creme de la creme of the scientific community, this was only based on intuition rather than the facts at my disposal.
Jerzy Nawrocki, Ph.D., director of the Polish Geological Institute in Warsaw, talks to Danuta Górecka.
European Union leaders meeting at a summit in Brussels in March agreed to pump billions into energy projects under an ambitious plan to stimulate the bloc's crisis-hit economies. Poland stands to gain around 330 million euros.
Innovation is a priority for the Polish economy in the coming years, under a government strategy based on the European Commission's Innovative Economy Operational Program and the European Union's Lisbon Strategy as amended in 2005.
Poland is on track to becoming a European powerhouse in niche sectors such as underground coal gasification, production of synthetic liquid and gaseous fuels, and CCS technology based on injecting carbon dioxide underground, according to politicians, businesspeople and scientists who took part in the European Economic Congress in the southern city of Katowice April 15-17.
A Polish research and development consortium aims to contribute to a global revolution in communications by ensuring general access to advanced information and communications services.
These state-of-the-art lasers, referred to as Free Electron Lasers (FEL), are able to generate light pulses whose power reaches hundreds of megawatts and the duration of which is in the order of femtoseconds. In a free electron laser, a beam of electrons is accelerated to almost light speed.
A Warsaw scientist working on an innovative device to convert thoughts directly into computer commands is among 106 outstanding young researchers who won fellowships from the Foundation for Polish Science in April. Other winners include a linguist who researches dialects spoken by Polish highlanders, and a political scientist who studies the Russian mind-set and why it is out of step with Western business practices. Each researcher received a 12-month grant of zl.24,000 under the foundation's Start program.
Many of Poland's universities and research-and-development centers have improved their infrastructure thanks to European Union funds. In a competition concluded in April, the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education assigned more than zl.600 million in EU funds to 16 research infrastructure projects across the country. In another competition, three universities received a total of zl.118 million to expand their educational infrastructure.
Polish research and development company TechLab 2000, which specializes in secure communications, has designed what it says is a tap-proof mobile phone based on pioneering data encryption technology.
Polish research institutions will work with businesses dealing with life sciences under a new project launched by the Jagiellonian Center for Innovation in Cracow.
The Polish government has drafted legislation to encourage the construction of agricultural biogas plants across the country. Under the draft, energy producers would be paid more than twice as much for every megawatt of renewable energy generated from biogas than companies producing energy from conventional fuels.
Experts from Warsaw-based company Leica Geosystems, together with researchers from the Wroc³aw University of Technology, are preparing to make a 3D inventory of Queen Hatshepsut's Mortuary Temple at Deir el-Bahari, near the Valley of the Kings in southern Egypt. The researchers will use one of the world's most modern laser scanners for this purpose.
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