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Popular Science: Forest protection against Impatiens glandulifera invasion

Impatiens glandulifera is one of the most successful invasive plants in Europe. In the past, its occurrence was associated mainly with riverbanks because running water facilitated further spread. In the last 20 years, however, I. glandulifera has begun to appear also in forests. What conditions influenced this sudden change during the invasion, what effect can its presence have on the forest ecosystem and how can its spread be stopped? A group of experts from the Institute of Botany of the CAS and our Faculty took a closer look at this issue.

Published Aug 07, 2020

Magnetic nanoparticles change their magnetic structure in a magnetic field

Magnetic nanoparticles change their magnetic structure in a magnetic field

When ultrafine magnetic particles are exposed to an external magnetic field, their magnetic core grows in a previously unexpected way. That is the result of an international study based on neutron scattering experiments performed under the lead of chemists from the University of Cologne (UoC). The study ‘Field-Dependence of Magnetic Disorder in Nanoparticles’ has been published in the journal Physical Review X.

Published Jul 28, 2020

Popular Science: A dog or a wolf?

There is a well-known saying that ‘a dog is man’s best friend’ and nowadays we often see that it can be true. Even though dogs are our best friends, there are still a lot of things we do not know about them. For example, when did they become our best friends? In other words, when did wolves begin their transformation from a feared predator into our best friend, the dog? A team of scientists, including Martina Lázničková-Galetová from Hrdlička Museum of Man (Charles University, Faculty of Science) and Moravian Museum in Brno, tried to find an answer to this question. With the help of the latest technology the scientists analysed the microstructure of teeth samples from the Předmostí Palaeolithic site. This study follows up research focusing on the evidence of one of the earliest occurrences of domestications of wolf.

Published Jul 23, 2020

A paper about the origin of teeth in Science!

A paper about the origin of teeth in Science!

Valéria Vaškaninová from the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology (Faculty of Science, Charles University) is the main author of a paper recently published in Science. An international team she has put together was composed of scientists from Uppsala University, the European Synchrotron ESRF, Natural History Museum in London and National Museum in Prague, where the studied fossils are deposited.

Published Jul 15, 2020

Cells in microbial populations can cooperate or compete. How does this happen?

Cells in microbial populations can cooperate or compete. How does this happen?

Our microbiologists at BIOCEV have uncovered new principles behind intercellular interactions that influence the evolution of yeast communities. The article has just been published in "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA".

Published Jun 22, 2020

Lecture: Czech Science Foundation - GA ČR

Lecture: Czech Science Foundation - GA ČR

We cordially invite you to the lecture "Czech Science Foundation - GA ČR" by Dr. Alice Valkárová, the president of the Czech Science Foundation. The lecture will take place on 29th of june 2020 at the Institute of Mathematics and it is intended for researches. The lecture will be held in English.

Published Jun 19, 2020

Our faculty turns one hundred!

Our faculty turns one hundred!

The Faculty of Science of Charles University is celebrating 100 years of existence on the 24th of June 2020. This still means a junior age compared with the anniversary of the foundation of Charles University, but compared with the duration of human life, it means the institution has already positively influenced several generations.

Published Jun 18, 2020

Petr Pyšek awarded International Biogeography Society’s 2021 Alfred Russel Wallace Award

Petr Pyšek awarded International Biogeography Society’s 2021 Alfred Russel Wallace Award

Dr. Petr Pyšek is a Professor of Ecology at the Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences and Department of Ecology, Faculty of Science. As one of the most important invasion ecologists globally, his research has contributed greatly to the development of research on many of Wallace’s interests, particularly in the area of biogeography.

Published Jun 12, 2020

Popular Science: What is the fate of proglacial lakes?

Proglacial lakes currently represent one of the major environmental threats. Global warming and the increased rate of mountain glaciers melting could lead to the lake filling up and to a subsequent outburst, which is often accompanied by catastrophic consequences. The retreat of mountain glaciers has also raised concerns about water sources. This important topic is of concern to Kristýna Falátková, Miroslav Šobr and Bohumír Janský from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, together with Martin Slavík and Jiří Brunthans from the Department of Hydrogeology, who in their current research focused on the Adygine glacial moraine complex in the Tien Shan Mountains.

Published Jun 12, 2020

Opinions of The Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University of 1 June 2020

Opinions of The Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University of 1 June 2020

The Task Force of Charles University, Faculty of Science (FoS), has adopted, in accordance with extraordinary measures of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic ref. no. MZDR 20584/2020-3/MIN/KAN of 25 May 2020 and ref. no. 15757/2020-19/MIN/KAN of 25 May 2020, the following opinion on the operation of the FoS with regard to developments in the Covid-19 pandemic:

Published Jun 03, 2020

Business trips abroad – current information

Business trips abroad – current information

In view of the current positive developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, the general restriction on travel abroad for business has been lifted. Click on news for more information.

Published May 29, 2020

Popular Science: Most of the nitrogen in the Elbe comes from wastewater, based on isotopic composition

Since the beginning of the nitrate contamination monitoring in the Elbe, its concentration has been relatively high and has not changed substantially. Researchers from the Faculty of Science and the United States studied the isotopic composition of nitrogen in the nitrates present in the Elbe and found out that between 2008-2009, most nitrates came from wastewater from human settlements, especially smaller municipalities.

Published May 29, 2020

Pharmaceutical company SANDOZ donated CZK 500,000 to BIOCEV for coronavirus testing

Pharmaceutical company SANDOZ donated CZK 500,000 to BIOCEV for coronavirus testing

The CZK 500,000 donation is designated for the purchase of test sets to detect SARS-Cov-2, laboratory plasticware and devices, pipettes, chemicals, and enzymes. To date, over 3,000 samples from hospitals and retirement homes have been tested in the BIOCEV centre. The daily capacity is 320 samples.

Published May 27, 2020

Call for collaborative projects from the community of academics at 4EU+universities

Call for collaborative projects from the community of academics at 4EU+universities

The 4EU+ European University Alliance, which we are members of, opened the first call for joint education projects. Available details on the call might be found in attached document together with form of application. The deadline for proposals is June 15th for Flagship 2 and July1st for all the other Flagships.

Published May 25, 2020

Popular Science: The Attractiveness of Our Voice

How does the voice of our speech and singing influence our attractiveness? And what can we predict from it? That was the main theme of the study done by the international scientific group in which the Faculty of Science was represented by Petr Tureček from the Department of Philosophy and History of Science and Jan Havlíček from the Department of Zoology.

Published May 01, 2020

Updated report from the meeting of the CU FS Dean and the Advisory Board on April 27th, 2020

Updated report from the meeting of the CU FS Dean and the Advisory Board on April 27th, 2020

Informations regarding organisations of studies and exams.

Published Apr 29, 2020

Announcement by Charles University's Rector Tomáš Zima (April 24, 2020)

Announcement by Charles University's Rector Tomáš Zima (April 24, 2020)

Dear Colleagues, In connection with yesterday's meeting of the Government and the issuing of newly framed res-olutions of the Government of the Czech Republic on the adoption of crisis measures in educa-tion, as well as in connection with other legislative changes, I would like to inform you of the following:

Published Apr 26, 2020

Popular Science: Modern bestiary of ancient creatures

“Dear reader, you are holding a book that will be your guide to the depths of bygone ages and that will introduce you to your ancient ancestors ... come and immerse yourself in the reading, for the adventures of the days of yore have not been finished yet!” These words are the opening to a new book written and illustrated by Barbora Müllerová. Her work is extraordinary indeed – it is an illustrated encyclopedia of evolution, about 300 pages full of detailed information.

Published Apr 24, 2020

Meeting of the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University of 20.4.2020

Meeting of the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University of 20.4.2020

At its meeting on 20.4.2020, the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University adopted the following resolutions and measures:

Published Apr 21, 2020

Popular Science: New methods of insect identification

Insects are essential both in terms of the functioning of the Earth's ecosystem and in terms of its impact on human health and society. However, the exact identification of a species is often hard and time consuming. A group of scientists including Dominik Vondráček from the Department of Zoology focused on the possibility of creating an automatic identification system using modern technologies.

Published Apr 17, 2020