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"
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"