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The Warsaw Voice » Polish Science Voice » December 1, 2014
The Polish Science Voice  
No. 81
The Polish Science Voice

A publication Co-financed by National Center For Research and Development
Biotechnology is an increasingly important area of expertise for Polish researchers. A Cracow-based biotechnology company is working on a new drug to replace antibiotics in treating infections developed by patients suffering from burns and diabetic wounds. The drug, which could also be used to treat cancer patients susceptible to bacterial infections after undergoing radiation therapy, will contain bacteriophages, or “good” viruses that infect and destroy bacteria.
Sebastian Jarocki, technical manager of a project to develop an environmentally friendly cleaning robot, talks to Karolina Olszewska.
Cracow-based biotechnology company IBSS Biomed is working on a new drug containing bacteriophages—or “good” viruses that infect and destroy bacteria—for treating patients with burns and diabetic wounds as well as cancer patients prone to infections after radiotherapy.
Polish researchers have created a numerical model that aims to evaluate the impact of climate change on the marine ecosystem. Their research findings are important not only for environmentalists, but also for vacationers and local government institutions.
A substance produced by carnivorous plants commonly known as Sundews may become an alternative to antibiotics, according to scientists from the Gdańsk University of Technology in northern Poland. The scientists are working to isolate this substance.
Scientists are working on a small device attached to a smartphone that can quickly test whether a drink contains harmful substances, mold or allergens.
An international team of physicists has observed—for the first time with such precision—vibrations of the surface of a heavy nucleus, lead 208Pb. Their measurements have made it possible to unravel the secrets of neutron oscillations in the atomic nucleus and determine how many neutrons on the surface of the nucleus participate in unique vibrations known as pygmy resonances. These findings give scientists a new insight into the mysteries of the universe. They may also have far-reaching implications for both theoretical and applied physics.
If you Google the phrase “success by Polish cryptologists,” the names of only three people are listed on the first page: Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki and HenrykZygalski. Today, 80 years after the three Polish mathematicians cracked the code used by the Nazi Enigma machine, cryptology is vastly more advanced and plays a key role in everyday life.
A mobile application called PastGuide—for now available as a prototype—aims to make sightseeing in Poland more attractive to tourists.
Poland’s National Center for Research and Development (NCBR) will allocate more than zl.45 million by 2015 to support the most innovative ideas in the Polish R&D sector under its new BRIdge Alfa initiative, together with StartUp Hub Poland, the Xplorer Fund and the Polish Institute for Research and Development.
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