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Scientists have confirmed the existence of a pair of black holes at the centre of the OJ 287 galaxy

Scientists have confirmed the existence of a pair of black holes at the centre of the OJ 287 galaxy

03.07.2024
An international team of researchers featuring scientists from the JU Astronomical Observatory has confirmed the presence of two supermassive black holes in the centre of the OJ 287 galaxy. Their existence was first suggested in 1982 by astronomers from the University of Turku in Finland. Now the first clear observations of the smaller of the two black holes have been made.
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Fighting drug resistance like putting together modular furniture. Breakthrough discovery by JU scientists

Fighting drug resistance like putting together modular furniture. Breakthrough discovery by JU scientists

28.11.2023
What do new methods of combating bacteria have in common with furniture from a popular Swedish store? The latest discoveries by researchers at the JU Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology suggest that thing is… viruses. Read on to learn more about how we can use them to treat our own diseases.
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A breakthrough in energy production and storage

A breakthrough in energy production and storage

29.06.2023
Researchers at the Jagiellonian University have developed a new method of storing energy which will make it possible to become independent from foreign suppliers of graphite and expensive metals needed for batteries. The solutions proposed by JU researchers meet the requirements of green energy, some of them leave no carbon footprint, and the prototype batteries have similar or even better parameters than the ones currently produced.
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The role of potassium and sodium in the diet of bees

The role of potassium and sodium in the diet of bees

13.06.2023
Wild bees are an important part of our environment, though our knowledge about their ecology and evolution is still quite limited. Today, many of their species are at risk of extinction, so understanding the relationship between bees and plants is essential for us to be able to protect them. Dr Michał Filipiak from the JU Faculty of Biology explains the key aspects of the evolution of bees and how this knowledge might be useful to us.
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A possible breakthrough in treating osteoporosis

A possible breakthrough in treating osteoporosis

10.02.2023
Researchers from the Jagiellonian University have designed a material that could help refill bone cavities and at the same time serve as a carrier for osteoporosis medication. The invention could revolutionise the treatment of osteoporosis, since it could allow doctors to deliver drugs with strong side effects precisely where they are needed, reducing the need to rely on systemic drug administration.
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How nocturnal light impacts wild animals

How nocturnal light impacts wild animals

05.09.2022
Biological rhythms have an enormous impact on the biochemistry, cell biology, physiology and behaviour of all living organisms. These mechanisms are particularly conspicuous in birds. Unfortunately, the rising human pressure, especially the light pollution, largely distorts the environmental cues regulating the animals’ internal biological clocks. Dr Joanna Sudyka from the JU Institute of Environmental Sciences has been studying the consequences of this phenomenon.
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How the brain controls atherosclerosis

How the brain controls atherosclerosis

28.04.2022
An international team of researchers working on the project ERA-Net-CVD PLAQUEFIGHT has discovered a way in which the brain might regulate the processes in blood vessels that are narrowed due to the build-up of atheromatous plaque. One of the participants of the project, Prof. Tomasz Guzik from the JU Faculty of Medicine, writes how this research could help treat heart disease in the future.
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On legal classification of international crimes

On legal classification of international crimes

13.04.2022
In light of the recent media reports of war crimes committed by the Russian military in Ukraine, we present an analysis by Dr hab. Marcin Marcinko from the JU Chair in International Public Law, in which he describes the legal classification of crimes according to the international law: a set of international legal norms that form the basis of an individual’s criminal responsibility before courts and international tribunals.
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<em>Cracow Monsters</em> through the eyes of an expert

Cracow Monsters through the eyes of an expert

04.04.2022
Cracow Monsters is a relatively new addition to Netflix’s streaming service, supposedly based on Slavic mythology. But is it really? In the review below, Prof. Andrzej Szyjewski from the JU Institute of Religious Studies offers his opinion on the series’ faithfulness to the source material.
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Global warming on the rise

Global warming on the rise

01.04.2022
An alarming weather anomaly has recently been observed in Antarctica. At certain moments, the temperatures in the second half of March were more than 40 Celsius degrees above normal. How to interpret these data? Was it a one-time event or part of a long-term trend? Prof. Robert Twardosz from the Department of Climatology at the JU Institute of Geography and Spatial Management will shed more light on this issue.
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