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Awards for best popular science books presented at JU

26.04.2019
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong and Zwierzęta które zniknęły. Atlas Stworzeń Wymarłych by Nikola Kucharska won the main awards in the Smart Book 2018 competition. The gala in JU Collegium Novum also featured the presentation of the Smart Book Website Editors’ Award, the JU Academic Community Award, and the Public Choice Award.
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Drug resistance – a global problem of the 21st century

25.04.2019
Diseases and other health related issues are indiscriminate and can affect everyone, no matter their age or environment. Currently, one of the most serious threats to our health is the risk of infection by harmful microbes that have become resistant to commonly used antibiotics. We asked Prof. Jadwiga Wójkowska-Mach from the JU MC Department of Bacteriology, Microbe Ecology and Parasitology to tell us more about the underlying causes and consequences of drug resistance.
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Dr Michał Filipiak finds a healthy way to feed wild bees

18.04.2019
In an article published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, Dr Michał Filipiak from the JU Institute of Environmental Sciences discusses the importance of choosing a nutritious blend of nectars from selected plant species in order to properly feed bee larvae.
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A Long Way Home [Q&A]

12.04.2019
The coming of spring is heralded by longer days, blossoming flowers, as well as the return of migratory birds, which were often joyfully welcomed by our ancestors. Why do Polish birds migrate south? What sacrifices to do they have to make? How do they prepare for a long flight? These questions are addressed in the following article, written with the assistance of Dr Szymon Drobniak from the Jagiellonian University Institute of Environmental Sciences.
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Do you speak Dolphinese? The language of marine mammals

05.04.2019
How do dolphins interact with each other? How do they express their emotions? What do good manners mean for them? We have asked these questions to Prof. Vincent Janik from the University of St. Andrews, one of the world’s most prominent researchers studying the language of marine mammals, who has been invited to the Jagiellonian University to give the lecture “Marine mammal communication and the nature of language”.
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JU scientists make artificial intelligence more intelligent

03.04.2019
Prof. Jacek Tabor from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, along with his colleagues Prof. Maciej Nowak from the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science and Prof. Tadeusz Marek from the Faculty of Management and Social Communication, have received a 4.5 million euro grant from the Foundation for Polish Science. Their interdisciplinary team will work on a project entitled Biologically inspired artificial neural networks.
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Training your brain. Physical activity and its effects on neuroplasticity

02.04.2019
Over the course of millions of years of evolution, intense physical activity was an integral part of human condition due to our hunter-gatherer lifestyle, contributing to the development of our cognitive abilities. Contemporary observations confirm this relationship: physical exercise stimulates the growth of our neural networks, synapses, and even new neurons. Below you can read a short version of a lecture by Prof. Filip Rybakowski from the Poznan University of Medical Science.
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Fake news: the Internet’s gossip

27.03.2019
In the age of social media, filter bubbles, and strong polarisation of opinions, fake news plays an increasingly important role in shaping public opinion. The reason behind this is directly tied to the nature of our social behaviours. Dr Małgorzata Majewska from the JU Institute of Journalism, Media and Social Communication explained to us the complexities of this issue.
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Gone the whole hog

22.03.2019
In early January, the information about the planned wild-boar cull in Poland provoked a public outcry. This solution was supposed to effectively prevent the spread of African Swine Fever. Prof. Henryk Okarma from the JU Institute of Environmental Sciences and Prof. Zygmunt Pejsak from the National Veterinary Research Institute have been asked to shed more light on this controversial topic.
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Breakthrough in fighting AIDS?

21.03.2019
In early March 2019, the world was shocked to hear the news of the second successful attempt to cure HIV infection. Since this news is as significant as it is sensational, we asked Dr hab. Monika Bociąga-Jasik from the JU MC Chair in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectious Diseases to explain this phenomenon. Are we witnessing a revolution in our struggle with HIV?
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