The contemporary university is changing nowadays and the main thing what we can discuss is the directions of the changes. The source of changes should be characterized by a bottom-up approach, especially by those who have already achieved extraordinary scientific success and understand the requirement for “creative destruction” of traditional forms of the university. Changes […]Read more "Can Young Rebel Scholars Change Academia?"
Is it possible to save the environment and improve lives with something so small you cannot even see? Well apparently it is and we can even save money and, more importantly, save time while doing it. But let’s start from the beginning… In 1931 researchers started to work on self- assembling materials which can be […]Read more "The Beauty of Smart Nanomaterials – Molecularly Imprinted Polymers"
Skin picking disorder is little known yet widely experienced condition belonging to a group of disorders known as body-focused repetitive behaviours, which are characterised by repetitive auto-destructive actions towards own body. Examples include hair pulling, nail biting, and teeth grinding. Person with the skin picking disorder feels a frequent compulsion to pick their skin, resulting […]Read more "The common itch: the skin picking disorder"
Words, words, words… Can you imagine our world without words? Neither can I. Words matter but sometimes we do not realise what an important role they are playing, especially when we discuss approaches of mass communication. What about Loesje? Loesje is an international foundation, which was set up in the 1980s in the Netherlands to […]Read more "How Loesje Posters are Changing the World"
Almost all explosive materials and chemical weapons possess unique, distinguishing chemical characteristics and are frequently composed of these four elements: oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon. For example, Trinitrotoluene more widely known as the TNT consist of seven carbon atoms (C7), five hydrogen atoms (H5), three nitrogen atoms (N3) and six oxygen atoms (O6). As reported […]Read more "An unconventional explosives detector"
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?"