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Flowery meadows in our cities. Are there any risks for bees?

16.07.2019
Current trends in urban design favour planting low-maintenance wildflower meadows in green spaces in cities due to their aesthetic qualities and apparent benefits for insects that struggle in an environment so utterly transformed by man. This seemingly ideal solution has a hidden catch: we’re not yet entirely sure how these urban meadows will affect pollinators in the long run. Dr Joanna Kajzer-Bonk from the JU Institute of Zoology and Biomedical Research currently runs a project aimed to determine the potential consequences of this design.
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Through the looking glass

08.07.2019
A large group of asymmetrical chemical compounds can exist in two forms with the same molecular formula forming mirror images of one another, which means that they are chiral. Prof. Małgorzata Barańska from the JU Faculty of Chemistry will shed some light on this phenomenon studied by her research team, whose work has recently led to some major discoveries in this area.
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Refugee crisis as a public health challenge

05.07.2019
20 June marked the World Refugee Day. According to the latest estimates from 2018, over 70 million people worldwide were forced to leave their homes and countries by a variety of causes. Anita Zalisz, student of the JU MC Institute of Public Health and volunteer at a refugee camp in Syria working with children, shared her insights into the issue of migrant crisis in the context of public health. The article below was originally published in Polish on the blog of the JU MC Institute of Public Health.
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Returning soldier effect

17.06.2019
For quite some time, people believed that male-to-female sex ratios at birth increase after outbreaks of war. Some argued that it was caused by a natural drive towards equilibrium: that human societies have a natural way of replacing men they lost in armed conflicts. Are they right? And how would that work? In the article below, Dr Ilona Nenko from the JU MC Institute of Public Health talks about a possible explanation of this phenomenon.
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In a poison garden

07.06.2019
Using plants to resolve humanity’s environmental problems is a natural and cost-effective approach we call phytoremediation. Living plants can clean soil, water and air of hazardous contaminants – but how do they do it? Dr Paweł Jedynak from the JU Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology told us more about this useful technique.
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Scientists produced 'Armoured Enzyme' Crystals

04.06.2019
A team of scientists from the Jagiellonian University and Aalto University in Helsinki have succeeded in placing enzymes into protective protein cages which were then assembled into crystals. The enzymes still function, but are shielded from harsh environmental conditions by the cages. The pioneering research was conducted at the JU Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology.
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Evolution or revolution? The future of AI

03.06.2019
How do we teach a machine to feel? How can we show it the difference between good and bad? What obstacles do we still need to overcome on our way to designing artificial intelligence comparable to our own? We asked these questions to Dr Błażej Sajduk from the JU Institute of Political Science and International Relations.
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Kraków archaeologists investigate traces of first settlements in Jordan

14.05.2019
Mid-April marked the end of JU Institute of Archaeology researchers’ investigations in southern Jordan. For several years now, the Kraków archaeologists have been collecting valuable information that will eventually provide them with insights as to how the region had changed between the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age.
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A Ticking Bomb

10.05.2019
The plague of infected ticks is an alarming development which has attracted lots of public attention in recent years. The number of disease-carrying ticks in Poland has increased over tenfold since the early 1990s. What has caused this dangerous phenomenon? What are its consequences and the prospects for the future?
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JU researchers make “impossible” nano-sized protein cages with the help of gold

09.05.2019
An international group of researchers from the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology at the Jagiellonian University have produce a super-stable artificial protein ball that apparently defies the rules of geometry and may have applications in materials science and medicine. The results of the research will be published in the forthcoming issue of Nature.
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