Innovation is not necessarily about developing something completely new. It is often about improving something that already exists—to make it more efficient, less expensive or more user-friendly on the basis of someone’s talent, hard work and funds. This is the essence of many Polish inventions and innovative ideas in science and technology—in part because upgrading things that already exist is often less capital-intensive and takes less time to produce results than inventing something from scratch.
A Polish company is set to revolutionize the market for the production of chemical catalysts, the substances that speed up chemical reactions.
A Warsaw company has invented a special water-borne renovation platform that makes it possible to repair, clean and rustproof bridges without closing them to traffic.
Research on a chemotherapy drug called cladribine has won international acclaim for Polish hematologists. The story begins in the early 1980s, when Polish chemist Zygmunt Kazimierczuk developed an innovative method for the chemical synthesis of cladribine.
Some parasites inhibit the activity of the human immune system. As a result, they can be used to fight autoimmune diseases such as asthma, allergies and lupus, says a Polish scientist, who plans to develop drugs that will affect the human immune system the same way as parasites such as the whipworm (Trichuris trichiura) and the hookworm.
An international crowd of cosmology experts descended on Warsaw in late August for a symposium on the universe, including such issues as dark matter and the evolution of galaxies. The symposium was held in honor of Polish astrophysicist Roman Juszkiewicz, a major contributor to international cosmology research who wrote nearly 100 research papers before his death in 2012. More than 70 experts presented their research projects at the event.
Two Polish engineers have come up with a new eco-friendly and economical method for painting car bodies and furniture that ensures heat recovery and an optimal temperature throughout the process.
Polish researchers have invented a thin, transparent structural adhesive tape that they say can safely replace conventional joining methods in today’s industry.
Researchers from the West Pomeranian University of Technology in the northwestern city of Szczecin have found new ways of determining the concentrations of heavy metal ions in liquids used in industrial production.