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.
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.
A Polish vaccine against diabetes
Scientists from Gdańsk have developed a therapy that helps impede the development of type 1 diabetes. This is a world-class discovery.
Polish high-school student to improve artificial lung production technology
18-year-old Maciej Mańka has not only emulated an experiment carried out by Harvard scientists, he has also conducted it at a much lower cost. This could be a breakthrough in the technology in which artificial organs are made.
Poles design smartwatch for children
It isn’t complicated, doesn’t flood you with unnecessary functions and has a safety mode. The Wristy wrist phone made in Poland is a convenient communication tool for children and older people.
Holograms – A Polish Speciality
A small Polish company has cornered the market producing devices for making hologram designs—a niche but prestigious sector.
Polish drone ready to rescue
A Polish engineer has invented a drone that will act as the eyes and ears of rescuers searching for people in remote places.
The magic sound ball
The device can “hear” a single instrument in a band and record it on a separate track. All due to an unusual spherical microphone created by Polish engineers.
Poland’s teacher reaches final of Global Teacher Prize
The educator Jolanta Okuniewska has become the first Pole to reach the final of the Global Teacher Prize, an award dubbed the Nobel Prize for teachers.
Polish software provides ‘facial’ recognition of whales
To help ensure the protection of a whale species threatened by extinction, the US government plans to track each animal individually from the sky. Deepsense.io, a company from Poland, has produced an algorithm that does the job with an accuracy of almost 90 per cent.
Poles contribute to the discovery of gravitational waves
A team of 15 Polish scientists have made a significant contribution to the breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves. They predicted that these waves originate from the collision of two black holes, and made calculations to separate the signal from background noise.
Polish physicists help discover new elements
Four new elements have been officially added to the periodic table. Physicists from Poland are among their discoverers.
Travelling a thousand kilometres on one litre of fuel
Polish students have been working on an energy-efficient vehicle that will be able to cover up to 1,000 kilometres on one litre of fuel. Their previous model travelled 659 kilometres on the same amount of petrol, breaking Poland’s record for economical driving.
Polish inventions based on a 3D printer
A wind turbine, bioimplants and a device facilitating vein surgeries –Poles lead the way in demonstrating 3D printing potential. Creative solutions are already taking the world by storm.
Polish astronomers have pinpointed several dozen planets outside the Solar System and keep discovering plenty of supernovae. Interestingly, new celestial bodies are being discovered nowadays not only by scientists but also by Polish netizens in the comfort of their own homes.
Polish research contributes to discovery awarded with Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize in Physics announced in October this year was awarded to a complex research project contributed to by Prof. Danuta Kiełczewska of the Institute of Experimental Physics at the University of Warsaw. Her PhD students continue to participate in experiments that are a continuation of these studies.
Polish teenagers awarded top prizes at EU science competition
Polish students claimed the top awards at the 2015 European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) held in Milan.
Polish patents on the bicycle
Polish inventors have proven that the two-wheeler can, in fact, be a high-tech device equipped with compatible gadgets.
Polish science centres open their doors to the public
Dozens of Polish science centres and institutions opened their doors to the public for one day as part of an initiative under the slogan “connecting people with science.” It was the first event of its kind promoting science to a wider Polish audience that was organised on such a large scale.
How world’s best Mars rovers are designed
Space rover design is becoming a bit of a Polish specialty.