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Phasing out animal testing: a historic decision by the European Parliament

Phasing out animal testing: a historic decision by the European Parliament

24.09.2021
On 16 September, the European Parliament voted in favour of speeding up the process of phasing out animal testing in research. We asked Prof. Alicja Józkowicz from the JU Department of Medical Biotechnology, a member of the National Ethical Committee for Animal Testing, to comment on this momentous event.
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Genetic scissors in the fight against RNA viruses

Genetic scissors in the fight against RNA viruses

10.08.2021
Despite the efficacy of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, new variants of the virus require searching for other ways of preventing new infections. Genetic vaccines are already proving to be helpful, whether it be th mRNA-based Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, or the DNA-based AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
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Solar power: energy of the future

Solar power: energy of the future

07.07.2021
Photovoltaic cells installed in solar panels are devices that transfer the energy of the visible light into electrical energy. We asked Prof. Jakub Rysz, Director of the Jagiellonian University Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, to tell us about how they work and what are the latest developments in this branch of technology.
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Malaria vaccine: a breakthrough?

Malaria vaccine: a breakthrough?

07.05.2021
While the world is holding its breath in wait for the effects of the rapidly developed COVID-19 vaccines, news of a surprising development in malaria vaccine research has electrified the scientific community. Why is information regarding a vaccine for a long-known disease so exciting? We asked Dr Dominika Salamon from the JU MC Department of Medical Molecular Microbiology.
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Another mystery of photosynthesis solved

Another mystery of photosynthesis solved

20.04.2021
Studies into the mechanisms of photosynthesis have been conducted for a long time. This unique process is of special interest to scientists, as at helps plants to utilise solar energy on a mass scale. Until now some chemical reactions determining this process remained unknown. This has changed thanks to new research conducted by a group of scientists, which includes researchers from the Jagiellonian University. Dr Michał Gabruk from the JU Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology sheds some light on this issue.
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Bees on a forced diet

Bees on a forced diet

23.03.2021
All pollinators, including the most well-known ones – bees – subsist on a rich and varied diet, the staple of which are pollen and nectar supplied by trees, bushes and other flowering plants. Nectar gives the pollinators the energy to go about their day, while pollen is used as building blocks for the organisms of their offspring. A healthy bee needs high quality food, but obtaining it isn’t that simple. Dr Zuzanna Filipiak and Dr Michał Filipiak from the JU Institute of Environmental Sciences investigate this issue in their research project.
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Mars en masse

Mars en masse

17.02.2021
So far, in 2021 there have been numerous Mars missions, extensively covered by the media. This is due to the fact that last year several institutions sent probes to the Red Planet at a similar time, which, in turn, was caused by Mars’ great opposition that took place in autumn, meaning that its orbit was as close to Earth’s as it can possibly get. These favourable conditions allowed the United Arab Emirates to join the exclusive club of states which managed to send their equipment to Mars’ orbit.
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Is facial symmetry a sign of good health?

Is facial symmetry a sign of good health?

22.01.2021
Research suggests that people with more symmetric faces are perceived as more attractive, have better developed immune system, and are more resistant to upper respiratory tract infections. What are the reasons for and the implications of this relationship? Dr hab. Urszula Marcinkowska Trimboli from the JU MC Institute of Public Health will shed some light on this issue.
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Why do large stars shine? We know the answer

Why do large stars shine? We know the answer

03.12.2020
The international team of about 100 researchers, including scholars from the JU Institute of Physics that conduct the BOREXINO experiment in the underground laboratory in Gran Sasso (Italy), have announced that they have finally determined why large stars are shining. Their discovery was published in the latest issue of Nature.
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A legendary radio telescope passes into history

A legendary radio telescope passes into history

24.11.2020
The giant radio telescope Arecibo will soon cease to exist, as decided by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The enormous antenna has been breaking down for quite a long time, and, according to experts, its possible repair would be too dangerous to its future operators. Dr Elżbieta Kuligowska from the Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University gives a commentary on the decommissioning of one of the world’s most famous astronomical facilities.
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