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International research on balancing the diet of wild bees

29.10.2019
Ten international research projects have been selected in the BiodivERsA Call 2018 competition co-organised by the National Science Centre. Amongst the winning projects there are six that feature scientists from Poland, and one of them is Dr Michał Filipiak from the JU Faculty of Biology.
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Another Nobel Peace Prize for Africa: what does it mean?

25.10.2019
For the second time in a row, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to an African. Though many people believed the Prize would go to Greta Thunberg or the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Nobel Committee decided to award the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for resolving the conflict in Eritrea. We asked Prof. Robert Kłosowicz, head of the Jagiellonian Centre for African Studies, to explain the significance of awarding two subsequent Nobel Peace Prizes to people from the war-torn continent of Africa.
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Interstellar comet with a familiar look

15.10.2019
A new comet discovered by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov is an outcast from another star system, yet its properties determined so far are surprisingly familiar, shows a new study led by JU Astronomical Observatory researchers Piotr Guzik and Michał Drahus. The team’s findings were published in Nature Astronomy on 14 October 2019.
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Microplastics: worse than smog?

08.10.2019
In late September, local media reported that microplastics particles have been discovered in the air in Kraków. The unsettling information came from a research project conducted by the Pedagogical University of Cracow Institute of Geological Sciences and Jagiellonian University Institute of Geography. How alarmed should we be and is there anything we can do about this phenomenon?
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Obesity: an urban or rural problem?

03.10.2019
The number of obese people has been growing year by year in most countries of the world. At the same time, the global percentage of urban population has also steadily increased. For a long time, life in big cities has been intuitively associated with higher body mass. However, this belief turns out to be false. The latest international research involving teams of Prof. Grażyna Jasieńska and Prof. Andrzej Pająk from the Institute of Public Health of the Jagiellonian University Medical College has revealed the truth about one of the most dangerous diseases of affluence in today’s world.
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Psychologists at JU will check how smog affects children’s brains

03.10.2019
Polish researchers associated in the NeuroSmog consortium will examine several hundred children to study the impact of smog on developing brains. They have received over 15 million zlotys (~3.5 million euro) from the Foundation for Polish Science within the framework of the Team-Net programme. The research project will be conducted by the JU Institute of Psychology and the Institute of Environmental Protection in Warsaw, with the latter developing air pollution maps.
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JU scientists to investigate a dangerous fish disease

02.10.2019
A team of researchers from the JU Faculty of Biology led by Dr Krzysztof Rakus will study the effects of gill diseases caused by CEV (carp edema virus) on the immune systems of fish. The project will be realised in collaboration with scientists from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover and funded by a grant from the National Science Centre.
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The driving force of nature

30.08.2019
Water is the main component of our organism. Without it, it’s impossible for us to function properly. What beverages are the most beneficial for our bodies, and how much of them should we drink per day? We asked Prof. Małgorzata Zwolińska-Wcisło, Dr Magdalena Przybylska-Feluś, and Agnieszka Dąbek Department of Clinical Nutrition of the JU MC Faculty of Medicine to give us some advice on these issues.
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Are we going to face a food crisis?

21.08.2019
The global population, currently estimated at 7.6 billion, is steadily growing. The need to increase our food production in order to provide sustenance for more and more people is a critical, albeit controversial issue, chiefly due to environmental protection concerns. Is our rapidly changing society standing on the verge of a serious food crisis?
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Hot and bothered

09.08.2019
In June 2019 Poland was hit by a heatwave. Scientists believe that the global warming finally starts to take its toll. Dr hab. The issues of the climate change and record high June temperatures in Polish cities are discussed by Prof. Agnieszka Wypych from the JU Department of Climatology.
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