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1Question: Can we produce hydrogen using microorganisms?

1Question: Can we produce hydrogen using microorganisms?

08.03.2016
Are we about to witness a major breakthrough in science and start producing hydrogen using microorganisms? Dr Dariusz Dziga from the JU Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology answers our question.
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1Question: First contact with bacteria. How do microbes affect babies?

1Question: First contact with bacteria. How do microbes affect babies?

03.03.2016
Microorganisms are everywhere. It's not unexpected, then, to ask about their interaction with babies who are still in their mothers' wombs or left it just a few months earlier. Is womb a sterile environment? And what happens after birth? Is there a sudden onslaught of bacteria? Dr hab. Tomasz Gosiewski from the JU Medical College Chair in Microbiology sheds some light on the issue.
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1Question: How did we discover gravitational waves?

1Question: How did we discover gravitational waves?

25.02.2016
Nobel Prize-worthy, major breakthrough, historic discovery – these are just some of the words the scientific world used to describe the announcement confirming the existence of gravitational waves. In the article below, Dr Sebastian Szybka from the JU Astronomical Observatory explains this phenomenon.
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Polish snakes in trouble

Polish snakes in trouble

10.02.2016
Can we aid a snake in survival? Sure we can! And we should, even more so when it comes to a critically endangered species and the rarest reptile in Poland.
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Do women like machismo?

Do women like machismo?

08.02.2016
Research carried out by an international team led by Jagiellonian University scientists shows that neither the levels of estradiol (one of the most important female sex hormones) nor the phase of menstrual cycle are certain to influence a woman's perception of male attractiveness.
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Heparin and the mysteries of coagulation

Heparin and the mysteries of coagulation

05.02.2016
Prof. Krzysztof Szczubiałka talks about one of the basic anti-coagulants used in medicine – heparin – and some problems related to its removal from organism after treatment.
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Dr Sebastian Glatt from the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology gets EMBO Installation Grant!

Dr Sebastian Glatt from the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology gets EMBO Installation Grant!

08.01.2016
On Tuesday, December 8th, the European Molecular Biology Organization announced the laureates of the 2015 Installation Grants. Among only nine European scientists that received this distinction there is the Max Planck Research Group Leader, Dr Sebastian Glatt, from the Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology (MCB). His current research is focused on determining the role of different modifications of tRNA introduced by the Elongator Complex. Better understanding of its role may lead to new treatments for several neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.
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Kraków: Over 100 days of heat a year. How is that possible?

Kraków: Over 100 days of heat a year. How is that possible?

04.12.2015
The United Nations Climate Change Conference is underway in Paris. Among other topics, the participants debate on how to decrease global temperature by 2ºC. Meanwhile, Kraków scientists published a report on the impact of climate change on the city as well as its surroundings.
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1Question: Does harsher punishment decrease crime rate?

1Question: Does harsher punishment decrease crime rate?

03.12.2015
Time and time again, we return to the discussion on the effectiveness of harsher punishments – particularly capital punishment. Does it really increase the level of public security? We asked Dr Paweł Czarnecki from the Chair in Criminal Procedure of the JU Faculty of Law and Administration.
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Genetics and crossbreeding. Let's focus on the good side

Genetics and crossbreeding. Let's focus on the good side

25.11.2015
Gene transfer from one species to another and the potential consequences of this process – these are the issues studied by Dr hab. Wiesław Babik, a biologist from the JU Institute of Environmental Sciences, winner of the National Science Centre Award.
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