I bet you’re not looking forward to receiving your monthly electricity bills. Can you predict how much you’ll be charged this time? Power markets are surprisingly complicated. Trading energy is a relatively new idea, increasingly important because of the gradual liberalisation of the EU electricity industry. Not only do market rules in various countries differ […]Read more "Blowing in the Wind"
The world around us is surprisingly predictable. Most of flowers bloom in the spring, birds migrate in the autumn and humans wake up similar time every day. Our and most of other living organisms bodies have an inner rhythm and if certain behaviours repeat every 24 hours we often call it circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm […]Read more "In the rhythm of DNA"
Have you ever wondered how to change the taste or color of fruit without genetic modification of plants, using only natural extracts and food processing capabilities? Or how to obtain different shapes, flavours and colours of dried apples? Pink apples flavored raspberry or strawberry, purple apples flavored chokeberry or blackberry? Such modifications and enrichment of […]Read more "The New Fruit Snack – Alternative To Sweets"
Intuition has been a fundamental cognitive process that allows us to make quick but accurate decisions in dangerous situations. Even though we are less exposed to life-or-death situations, intuition still plays a crucial role in our everyday decision-making. When we face a problem, our brain unconsciously analyzes our experience and suggests a solution by sending […]Read more "How Police Analysts Use Intuition To Solve Criminal Cases?"
What would happen if someone let a gecko lizard walk across the Mona Lisa? Probably nothing. The gecko would simply make its way across the painting, and on to some other masterpiece. However, if someone tried to pull the poor lizard away from the picture, it would probably ruin the paint layer beneath. Why is […]Read more "Geckos On Mona Lisa’s Face – New Adhesives For Art Conservation"
‘Nature makes penicillin; I just found it’ – so said the Scottish bacteriologist and physician, Alexander Fleming, who, in 1945, won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery of the first antibiotic – penicillin. For decades antibiotics were the most effective method of combating bacterial infections and the first cases of resistance were not […]Read more "The Key To Success Lies In Nature"
Have you ever wondered why you like to eat some foods more than others? What makes you choose one particular brand of chocolate bar, despite the fact that they all look similar? Consumer surveys revealed that taste is the most powerful determinant of our food choices, leaving behind product price or nutritional value. This is […]Read more "Why We Like What We Bite?"
More and more people suffer from depression today and there is a danger that by 2020 depression becomes the second most common illness worldwide. Experts from various scientific areas search for new approaches to avoid that. In response to that question, I would like to propose a special treatment that not only decreases the level […]Read more "How To Train Gratitude And Benefit From It?"
I am sure each one of us deep down is a dreamer, who wants to reach out for the sky in whatever they are truly passionate about. However, a few of us decide to execute our dreams and let me tell you – you should! In order to do so, I would like to share […]Read more "Why Is it Worth Dreaming?"
Microorganisms play a vital part in the life of our planet. They not only lead in amounts, but also being responsible for many physiologically important processes they serve the whole ecosystem of Earth. With sizes ranging from nanometers to hundreds of microns, they come in all sorts of shapes and different behaviour. Since they have […]Read more "Row Your Boat In The Sea Of Honey – Microworld Hydrodynamics"