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Baltic pagans bought sacrificial horses in Scandinavia, say archaeologists

Baltic pagan tribes sacrificed horses imported from Christianised Scandinavia, according to international research.

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    Insects could save us from piles of plastic, says researcher

    Some species of insects are able to eat plastics. The results of research conducted at the Poznań University of Life Sciences are intended to expand knowledge about the ability of insects to biodegrade plastics; in the future, they could be used to fight environmental pollution.

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    Archaeologists find letters from Roman centurions

    Polish archaeologists investigating an ancient port have found papyri containing letters from Roman centurions stationed in Egypt. These unique documents were discovered together with items including ceramics from Italy, Roman coins and a specific coat pin in a place that could have been the remains of the centurion's office.

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    For now, no machine can replace living human heart, says expert

    The first next-generation total artificial heart in Poland has been implanted by doctors from the Medical University of Warsaw. Although it has been improved, no machine can replace a living human heart, at least for now, says Professor Mariusz Kuśmierczyk, who performed the surgery.

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    Scientists want to produce cooling from heat

    Dr. Łukasz Witanowski from the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdańsk proposes to use waste heat to produce cooling. The scientist is working on a system that will, for example, enable heating networks to generate cooling for air conditioning systems in the summer.

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    Scientists measure individual human brain cells in action

    Scientists are now able to monitor individual neurons in a living human brain.

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    Warsaw University of Technology students are working on new satellite; launched planned in 2025

    Students at the Warsaw University of Technology are working on the third nanosatellite PW-Sat3, whose task will be to test the proprietary drive that enables efficient deorbitation and manoeuvres in orbit. The launch is planned for autumn 2025. The work was delayed due to the pandemic and lack of stable financing.

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    'Polish smog' is particularly dangerous for circulatory system, says expert

    Due to its physicochemical composition, 'Polish smog' is particularly dangerous for the circulatory system, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke, says cardiologist Dr. Łukasz Kuźma. In his opinion, it is our 'new, infamous regional product'.

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    Polish researchers investigate causes of long COVID

    The lack of antibodies against the nucleocapsid protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus doubled the risk of the so-called long COVID, an inter-university team of Polish scientists found. This discovery, which requires further confirmation, could potentially open new avenues for the prevention and treatment of this disorder.

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    Some horses recognise their reflections in mirrors, says expert

    Some animals have a well-developed self-awareness, but it is difficult for us to measure it using a simple mirror test. However, during research on horses, some of them behaved in a way that suggested that they recognised themselves in a mirror, says Dr. Tomasz Smoleń from the Department of Cognitive Science at the Jagiellonian University.

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