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James Webb Space Telescope is almost ready to work

James Webb Space Telescope is almost ready to work

27.01.2022
We can be almost certain: it’s a success. In January 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope has completed all the main stages of its deployment in space after its launch in December 2021. It lasted for a few weeks, but it’s nothing compared to nearly 26 years of designing, construction and testing which preceded it.
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Using human faeces in agriculture

Using human faeces in agriculture

21.01.2022
Can human faeces be used as a fertiliser? Should such a method be considered part of sustainable agriculture. Dr hab. Agnieszka Pajdak Stós from the Institute of Environmental Sciences of the JU Faculty of Biology will shed more light on this issue.
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Jagiellonian Projector showcases research at JU

Jagiellonian Projector showcases research at JU

10.12.2021
The newly published third edition of the Jagiellonian Projector features more than sixty articles written by researchers carrying out their projects, both local and international, at the Jagiellonian University. Some of the topics covered in the publication include astronomy, Polish history, biology, biotechnology, ecology, psychology, medicine, and many more. The book is freely available for download to readers of all ages.
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Horse domestication – the latest findings

Horse domestication – the latest findings

04.11.2021
The Nature Journal website has published the article “The origins and spread of domestic horses from the Western Eurasian steppes”, presenting the results of the latest genetic research into Eurasian fossil horse populations from the period between around 50,000 to 200 BC. Prof. Marek Nowak from the JU Institute of Archaeology is part of the international research group whose long time cooperation has led to this publication.
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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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