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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.więcej o Genetic scissors in the fight against RNA viruses
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.więcej o Solar power: energy of the future
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.więcej o Malaria vaccine: a breakthrough?
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.więcej o Another mystery of photosynthesis solved
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.więcej o Bees on a forced diet
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.więcej o Mars en masse
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.więcej o Is facial symmetry a sign of good health?
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.więcej o Why do large stars shine? We know the answer
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.więcej o A legendary radio telescope passes into history
The glymphatic system is the analogue of the lymphatic system of the brain, with the ‘G’ in the front of the word standing for ‘glia’, or ‘glial cells’ that are part of it. Its aim is to remove any unnecessary remains of metabolic processes – a very important task, considering that these remains may prove harmful to the brain. It’s been observed that the glymphatic system is more active when we sleep. Dr hab. Marta Obara-Michlewska from the Mirosław Mossakowski Institute of Experimental and Clinical Medicine of the Polish Academy of Science discussed the subject during a lecture as part of the International Brain Awareness Week 2020.więcej o The glymphatic system: working the night shift