How many bridges have you crossed in your life? Have you ever wondered if that bridge you drive over to get to work every day is 100 percent safe? It might seem that in this age of high tech, building and operating a bridge is a simple matter. But that’s not always the case.
Engineers from the southern Polish city of Cracow have developed an innovative system for monitoring the safety of bridges that also collects data on traffic and vehicle loads.
More than a quarter of all timber processed by sawmills ends up as waste. Engineers from the Institute of Special Techniques and Technologies in Warsaw are preparing a mobile installation that can process this waste into biomass in order to produce liquid fuels and energy for heating.
Three Polish universities—in £ód¼, Warsaw and Wroc³aw—have been shortlisted for financial support from the European Union’s Teaming up for Excellence project under the bloc’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. Each institution will receive funds from the European Commission to draw up a detailed business plan for setting up a center of excellence.
Researchers at Poland’s National Center for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) in ¦wierk near Warsaw are looking for methods to optimize cancer treatment while using radiation therapy. Their main concern is to find a way to effectively eradicate tumors without damaging surrounding healthy tissue.
A group of Polish engineers, led by Prof. Józef Walczyk from the Cracow University of Agriculture, has built a machine that makes it easier to plant young trees. The machine also significantly reduces the costs involved.
Polish scientists have obtained a variety of yeast that is resistant to drastic changes in temperature. While that may interest bakers and housewives, researchers from the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow say this yeast is excellent for the production of probiotics, or live bacteria and yeast-based products that are believed to provide health benefits.
Scientists from the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Nuclear Physics in Cracow have discovered that, contrary to previous research, the physical process of crystallization is governed not solely by the laws of thermodynamics, but also by the diffusion phenomenon.
A zl.36 million Center of Applied Sciences, one of the most modern scientific institutions in Poland, is under construction in the southern city of Chorzów in a project co-financed by the European Union.