Achievements in science
Poles are never short of ideas. We have invented a 3D-printable wind turbine, a Star Wars-like holographic projection screen, and many more.
"Dragon glass" in the territories of present-day Poland was already known over 20 thousand years ago
Obsidian, popularized as "dragon glass" in Game of Thrones, was believed to have miraculous properties. This shiny rock in the form of volcanic glass always attracted interest. In the lands of present-day Poland, it appeared as early as 20,000 years ago.
The largest known mammal-like reptile lived in Silesia
The largest mammal-like reptile known to date, Lisiowicia bojani, lived in Silesia about 210 million years ago, Polish researchers report in the publication in "Science". In terms of weight and dimensions, it was close to elephants.
Polish Mole has landed on Mars
This afternoon NASA InSight mission has landed on Mars. That is a first mission in history to study the deep interior of the Red Planet. The propulsion mechanism of HP3 Mole, which will dig for 5 meters in the Martian soil, was designed and made by Polish company.
Medieval castle discovered in Żelechów
We wanted to discover another Malbork, and we found... Biskupin, say discoverers of the late medieval castle in Żelechów (Mazowieckie). It was the seat of the noble Ciołek family; its wooden elements have been preserved to this day.
The first Polish commercial satellite Światowid will be launched into space in April
In April next year the Światowid satellite will have competed all tests. It will fly to the International Space Station and from there it will be launched into orbit, SatRevolution COO Grzegorz Zwoliński told PAP.
Studying in Poland
Rich Poland’s cultural heritage includes the longstanding higher education traditions. Nowadays the system is developing rapidly – there are over than 400 universities in Poland which host almost 60,000 new-come international students every year.
2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize for the team with Prof. Krzysztof Górski
Planck satellite team and mission managers received the 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize. Polish scientist Prof. Krzysztof Górski has an important role in the team. The $500,000 prize is awarded by the Gruber Foundation at Yale University in the U.S.
Poland among the top 10 European countries attractive to foreign students
Poland has entered for the first time the top ten European countries most attractive to foreign students. The winner of the ranking prepared by Study.eu was Germany.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday that electric cars entailed no emissions, so embracing e-vehicles would result in cleaner air and Poland could compete successfully with western countries with respect to electromobility.
Wrocław students and graduates have built a robot that serves meals
A team of Wrocław University of Technology students and graduates constructed the Bistrobot, a machine for self-service sale of hot meals. The creators emphasize that it is the first such machine in the world.
Polish Space Agency: Draft National Space Program is ready
The Polish Space Agency has developed a draft National Space Program, which will be an executive tool of the Polish Space Strategy, part of the Strategy for Responsible Development. The budget of activities planned for 8 years will amount to PLN 1 billion 429 million - announced the Polish Space Agency.
Two Polish universities among the best European business schools
Two Polish universities: Kozminski University and the Warsaw School of Economics have been included in the annual ranking of the best European business schools in 2017, published by the Financial Times. The highest ranked was the British London Business School.
Two asteroids receive Polish names
Two asteroids discovered by Polish astronomy enthusiasts will be named after the women: the Polish Olympiad on Astronomy & Astrophysics winner Zosia Kaczmarek and a doctor from Kraków Marta Żołnowska, according to information published by the International Astronomical Union & Minor Planet Center.
Polish medical team goes to Tanzania
Examine, diagnose, treat and follow up with an online stethoscope. This is the checklist of the medical doctors who are setting off for Tanzania on 20 October.
AGH students construct a Solar Boat
Students from the University of Science & Technology (AGH) in Krakow have constructed a solar-powered boat.
Polish divers discover secrets of the Inca
Polish scientists searched for traces of the Inca ritual activity in three lakes in the Machu Picchu region of Peru - at an altitude of over 4100 m above sea level. On the shores of the lakes there are ceremonial platforms, from which sacrificial offerings were probably made during rituals.
The University of Warsaw will support Polish Studies at Cambridge
The University of Warsaw will support the University of Cambridge in the development of the Polish Studies program at Cambridge. Last Friday the universities signed an agreement on this matter.
Polish scientists have discovered new properties of oleacein
Scientists from the Medical University of Warsaw have discovered new properties of oleacein - a substance found in olive oil that can prevent ischaemic stroke and myocardial infarction. Their results have been published in the international journal Phytomedicine.
Jagiellonian University among the most innovative universities in Europe
Jagiellonian University has advanced in the ranking of the most innovative European universities prepared by Reuters. The Kraków university is the only representative of higher education institutions in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe in the ranking.
Polish inventions in the service of the disabled
The last few decades have been the time of rapid development of new technologies. It is exceptionally important that a large share of contemporary inventions relatively quickly find their way to the everyday lives of ordinary people. Innovative solutions used in medicine are a good example: they not only save lives but also offer great help to people with acquired or inborn disabilities. Polish scientists have been highly successful in this field.
Scientists use new technologies to bring 100 years old village back to life
Scientists will prepare a virtual reconstruction of the village Zabrost Wielki (Gross Sobrost) from 1917, located in the Warmia-Mazury province. This is the first project in Poland, in which such a broad spectrum of laser documentation technologies will be used - project initiators say.
Polish scientist receives major international prize
A professor from the University of Warsaw is among three winners of the 2017 Dan David Prize in the field of astronomy.
Polish researcher in the group of women who can change the world
Dr. Joanna Sułkowska from the University of Warsaw has been included in the ranking of women who can change the world - "2017 International Rising Talents". She has been recognised for unravelling the secrets of entangled proteins.
Robotic oilsuckers will help clean the oceans
Scientists have found a new way to remove oil leaking into the seas or oceans. They want it to be collected by the Mosquito Oil, which will land on the water and, like a giant mosquito, suck impurities into the tank that adjusts its size to the amount of absorbed liquid.
University Hospital of Wroclaw is the first in the world to transplant a hand to an adult patient
Led by Dr. Adam Domanasiewicz, a team of surgeons from the University Hospital in Wroclaw have successfully performed the world’s first hand transplant on an adult patient who was born without that part of the body. The patient can already move his fingers.
Combat suit of the future designed by Polish start-up
The Polish start-up Heimdall Combat Systems has designed a combat suit filled to the brim with electronics designed for special troops, search and rescue specialists and firefighters. Polish Special Forces and the French Ministry of the Interior are among those interested in the project.
Natural Killer cell technology to stop cancer gets licensed
Our bodies contain Natural Killer (NK) cells – an army that stops cancers and viruses before they can make us sick. A researcher from the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine has created a nanoparticle that increases the number of these killers 10,000-fold in the lab and her new technology has generated a licensing agreement that is expected to accelerate the therapy’s path to clinical trials.
Physicists at the University of Warsaw design a caterpillar robot that feeds on light
University of Warsaw Physicists have designed a tiny robot that imitates the movement of a caterpillar.
Polish graphene boost for biomedicine and automotive sectors
Graphene sheets 50 x 50 cm in size and produced by Warsaw’s Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (ITME) have entered the market. In the future, graphene could revolutionize the biomedicine, automotive and defence sectors, amongst others.
Krakow’s ground-breaking 3D foetal heart models
A team of gynaecologists from Krakow have developed a 3D model of the foetal heart thanks to which it will be easier to diagnose the 29 most common heart defects in the womb.
University of Wrocław student won a map of Mars competition
Fifth-year student of geology at the University of Wrocław Mateusz Pitura won an international competition for making a cartographic map of a part of Mars. The rivalry required not only cartographic skills, but also by an appropriate choice of location.
Polish app helps train memory and concentration
A new Polish app for training cognitive processes, including memory and concentration has been launched. The application Neurogra was created with the participation of scientists from the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Science bus - modern mobile laboratory for schoolchildren
In 2017, up to 100 thousand children will be visited by Science bus - modern mobile laboratory whose activities were inaugurated on Monday in Kozłów (Małopolska) by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Copernicus Science Centre.
Matia - student invention will lead the blind through the world
It warns about a garbage can on the road, signals for pedestrian crossing, and even vibrates on the skin or rings with the sounds of instruments. The device MATIA, designed by a student of Bialystok University of Technology - Petros Psyllos, will help the blind navigate the world by involving several senses.
The scientists who reveal RNA secrets
Research carried out by Prof. Ryszard Kierzek of the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznan and Prof. Douglas H. Turner of the Chemistry Department of the University of Rochester in the United States has allowed them to predict the structure of ribonucleic acid (RNA). Thanks to the discovery, scientists have not only acquired a better understanding of the processes taking place in human cells, they will also be able to fight pathogenic viruses, such as flu, in a more effective manner. “People collaborating especially across borders can accomplish useful things that might otherwise not be done”, the two scientists awarded with this year’s Poland – U.S. Science Award tell Poland.pl in an interview. The scientists will officially receive the award in Warsaw on 15 November.
The rehabilitation robot
Depending on the ailment, it either facilitates movement or gradually increases difficulty, while reading signals from the muscles. A Polish engineer was showered with awards for this innovation.
Poland will help in detecting cosmic threats
Monitoring the sky and space debris in the Earth's orbit, detection of cosmic threats are the tasks of the European project NEOSTED. In this framework, the first global network of ground-based astronomical observatories will be established. Polish company Creotech Instruments is involved in the project.
A net for space rubbish
Rubbish floating around the Earth on busy orbits is increasingly becoming a problem for the equipment that is still out there circling the Earth. A dustcart co-designed by Polish scientists could be the solution.
PhD in beer brewing
The University of Agriculture in Kraków launches pioneering doctoral studies in Malting and Brewing as part of the project European Joint Doctorate Food Science.
Blocking bullets – A Polish speciality
More than a hundred years after a Pole invented the bulletproof vest, Polish scientists have improved personal protection against bullets by filling the vest with... liquid.
Polish Martian hopper
It will reach places which simple landers can't reach: remote rocky terrains of Mars or moons in the solar system.
Polish archeologists "scanned" the monuments of Albania
"Our non-invasive research has the largest scale among the projects of this kind carried out in Europe" - told PAP Prof. Piotr Dyczek, who summarised the last research season in Albania in the region of Shkodër.
Wroclaw physician voted Europe’s best young cardiac surgeon
His research could be a game-changer in the prevention of aortic aneurysm. The 31-year-old Dr Tomasz Płonek was voted Europe’s best young cardiac surgeon in 2016.
Robot and toy blocks teach programming
Initially, they wanted to build a robot that would teach 10-year-olds how to programme. But once they realized that children as young as five find programming appealing, students at the Bialystok University of Technology decided to create a set of learning blocks for kids.
Glucose testing without the finger-prick
A Polish glucose meter that tests blood sugar without the finger-prick has the potential to become a global hit.
Polish researchers help understand the processes occurring in stars
Polish physicists will build parts of the device that will be the most powerful laboratory source of gamma radiation.
Polish archeologists uncover Stone Age settlements in Gobi desert
A team of Polish and Mongolian archeologists have found traces of ancient settlements in the Gobi desert, which brimmed with life thousands of years ago.
Polish scientists probe Egyptian mummies
The Warsaw Mummy Project is the world’s largest interdisciplinary programme to study Egyptian mummies. Its scientists collaborate with the likes of the National Museum in Warsaw and the Louvre Museum in Paris, with the aim of tracking down cancers that have plagued mankind since antiquity.
Poland pioneers breastfeeding research
Up to 97 per cent of Polish women breastfeed their children. This is the highest number in Europe. Poland also conducts pioneering research on the composition of breast milk.