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The Polish Science Voice  
No. 83
The Polish Science Voice

A publication Co-financed by National Center For Research and Development
Prof. Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, minister of science and higher education, talks to Danuta Górecka and Andrzej Jonas.
The EIT+ research center in the southwestern city of Wrocław is a modern research and development facility where biomedical experts work on innovative medicines, vaccines, bionanomaterials for medicine and new methods to diagnose and treat lifestyle diseases. EIT+ is also home to Poland’s largest repository of biological samples
A new laboratory under construction at the Gdańsk University of Technology in northern Poland will help engineers design and test cutting-edge equipment for the power industry, including installations used in wind farms and solar as well as nuclear power plants.
Polish researchers have found a way to enrich food with fatty acids of the omega-3 class that are known to help prevent cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases and have anti-cancer properties. The researchers also want to develop new pharmaceuticals containing omega-3 acids.
Ruthless to bacteria, harmless to human cells—such are the new, durable antibacterial coatings from nanocomposites, developed at the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Physical Chemistry in Warsaw. In the future, these innovative materials help improve the hygiene of sportswear. They will also be used in medicine and will help reduce the number of infections and shorten the time of hospitalization for patients.
Life processes depend fundamentally on phenomena occurring in membranes separating cells from their environment. Hitherto poorly understood, these phenomena will now be studied faster and more cheaply thanks to a microfluidic system developed at the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Physical Chemistry in Warsaw. The system enables the serial formation of cell membranes and measurement of the processes taking place in them.
A new material based on an unusual combination of graphene and gold may open new vistas for the development of optical technology. Polish researchers say such a material can be used to produce ultra-fast optical computers, for example. Other potential applications include highly sensitive biological sensors.
The recently opened Małopolska Laboratory of Energy-Efficient Construction (MLBE) in Cracow is a 1,100-square-meter research facility filled with ultramodern equipment for testing energy efficiency and low-emission construction technology. The more than zl.20 million laboratory is part of the Cracow University of Technology in southern Poland.
A new mobile application designed by young inventors from the Gdańsk University of Technology will help smartphone users make sure that they take their medicines in a safe manner.
A Polish Ph.D. student is conducting pioneering research on periphyton, a mixture of algae, cyanobacteria and other microbes that covers objects submerged in water and is an important source of food for sea creatures.
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