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African mole-rats: a goldmine for research

In essence the talk will provide an overview of the family Bathyergidae, what is characteristic to living in a totally sealed burrow system. We will then explore the social organisation of the two most social species with a comparison of the methods of social suppression operational in the mole-rats. The lecture takes place on Thursday 30th, 14.00, Vinicna 7, B312

Published Jul 27, 2015

Faculty News: The 13th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in our Faculty

The International Consortium on Geo-disasters (ICGdR) together with the Czech scientific community will be holding the 13th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in Prague between the 9th and 11th August 2015. The forthcoming event is an opportunity to bring to­gether geoscientists, engineers and social scientists to collaborate on disaster reduction worldwide.

Published Jul 24, 2015

Faculty News: 6th International Geosciences Student Conference

Start date Jul 13, 2015 - Jul 16, 2015

On behalf of the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague Geophysical Society, SEG, EAGE, EEGS and Czech Association of Geophysicists, we would like to invite you to attend the 6th International Geosciences Student Conference (6 IGSC), which shall be held at the Faculty of Science in Prague, Czech Republic.

Published Jul 09, 2015

Popular Science: Tree-rings – a live chronicle of forest management

While watching nature programmes on TV we can often see documentaries about tropical seas and rainforests. Now, however, we are going to search an environment that is much closer to us. Why should we be interested only in native ecosystems, which form only a small percentage of forests nowadays? Let's find out what the impact of forest management is on a traditionally managed forest in CHKO Pálava, a protected natural area in the Czech Republic. There was a change in this region from intensive management to leaving the forest on its own for a couple of centuries.

Published Jul 08, 2015

Popular Science: Are we closer to revealing the origins of mammalian neocortex?

Mammals are unique with their six-layered neocortex. No other vertebrate clade has a brain structured in such a way. For example a reptile’s dorsal cortex consists of one layer of pyramidal cells with little functional differentiation. The development of the neocortex is a primary contribution to mammalian intelligence – including ours. How has this complex structure evolved? As phylogeny is a succession of ontogenies, or individual developments, understanding the mechanisms of ontogenetic development can help us understand brain evolution in an essential way.

Published Jun 09, 2015

Popular Science: Magnetism and asteroid mining

Asteroids have been increasingly seen as possible raw material resources over the last few years. To make asteroid mining a realistic concept, we need to measure and model their properties as accurately as possible. After helping to discover the Chelyabinsk meteorite, a team led by RNDr. Günther Kletetschka, Ph.D. of the Institute of Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Applied Geophysics is now exploring this exciting object.

Published May 12, 2015

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