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Evolutionary purpose of bacterial sex

10.06.2020
If there is one thing we learned from over 150 years of studies on the evolution of sex it is that more sex is not always better. So why some bacteria exchange genetic material more frequently than others? Read the article by Dr Rafał Mostowy from the JU Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology Microbial Genomics Mostowy Lab to learn more about the reproductive mechanisms in bacteria and what they mean for evolutionary biology in general.
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Dropping like flies

18.05.2020
About 66 million years ago, the age of dinosaurs came to an end when a massive asteroid hit the Earth. An enormous shockwave and raging wildfires caused thick clouds of smoke and dust to obscure the sun, changing the global climate and killing off around three quarters of all existing life. We are aware of at least several comparable or possibly even greater mass extinction events that happened in the history of our planet. Unfortunately, it seems that we’re about to experience another one. Dr Justyna Kierat and Dr Piotr Łukasik from the JU Faculty of Biology have taken a closer look at the chilling issue of mass animal die offs.
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What do plants hear?

18.02.2020
The natural world is full of sounds: from the buzzing of bumble bees to the murmur of streams and the whistling of wind. Each of them provides us with important information, for instance, about a source of water, an impending danger, or an upcoming change in weather. And what about plants? Are they able to listen to the world around them? If so, where do they have ears? Dr Paweł Jedynak from the JU Department of Physiology and Plant Biochemistry gives us some insight into plant polyphony.
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The price of coronavirus

11.02.2020
Since late December 2019, the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in central China has led to the deaths of nearly 500 people, thereby bringing the number of victims of the virus closer to the death toll caused by SARS in 2002/2003. The ongoing crisis will undoubtedly have serious consequences, not only for health care, but also society, politics and economy. We asked Adrian Brona from the JU Institute of the Middle and Far East to diagnose the signs of coronavirus infection in the Chinese economy.
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Coronavirus from the public health perspective: facts and fake-news

07.02.2020
The Wuhan coronavirus epidemic (2019-nCoV) has dominated the headlines during the recent weeks. What is the real extent of the danger? Maciej Furman and Edyta Piętak from the Institute of Public Health of the Jagiellonian University Medical College shed some light on this issue.
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A Polish invention from the JU revolutionises the digital world

27.01.2020
Few people realise that the Polish invention developed at the Jagiellonian University known as the ANS coding or coding from the JU has become an essential part of the foundations of modern digital world. Thanks to the files compression method proposed by Dr Jarosław Duda from the JU Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, data can be transferred 30 times faster than before. What does this invention mean for the world and what are its possible implications?
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Scientists discover the oldest material on Earth

23.01.2020
The Jagiellonian University has in its collection a fragment of the Murchison meteorite, which has recently been confirmed to contain the oldest known material on Earth: particles of cosmic dust created before the formation of the Solar System. In the past few days, an international research team published a paper in which they estimate these grains to be about seven billion years old.
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JU archaeologists uncover the secrets of Mesa Verde

10.01.2020
Archaeologists from the Jagiellonian University have found out that some of the rock drawings made by Native Americans about 800 years ago in the canyons located in the border region between the US states of Colorado and Utah were linked to astronomic observations, such as determining the dates of summer and winter solstices. The pioneering archaeological research in this field has been led by Dr Radosław Palonka from the JU Department of American Archaeology.
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Star Wars through the eyes of a physicist

19.12.2019
Star Wars is a cinematographic, artistic, technological and sociological phenomenon. George Lucas’ saga has millions of fans all over the world, whose total number is hard to estimate. Their community also includes physicists who approach the films from a more scientific point of view. Selected aspects of Star Wars have been analysed by Dr Witold Zawadzki, a physicist from the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science of the Jagiellonian University.
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A unique butterfly in the collection of the Natural Sciences Education Centre

12.12.2019
Employees of the JU Natural Sciences Education Centre have been studying and cataloguing various species of butterflies worldwide, collaborating with the most important research centres and entomologists in Europe and America. Their work has resulted in several hundred papers and the discovery of nearly 300 new species from the tropical regions of Africa and South America.
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