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

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

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

Popular Science: Tug-of-war between parents and children: clonal spread boundaries

Popular Science: Tug-of-war between parents and children: clonal spread boundaries

How do plants spread? Through seeds, of course - that is what most people would reply quite automatically. The truth, however, is that many plants also use much more effective mechanisms for flooding their surroundings with off-springs, e.g. stolons and rhizomes. (Charles University) Faculty of Science botanists have endeavoured to discover a clearly-set strategy behind this type of spread.

Published Apr 21, 2015

Popular Science: What influences the geography of gay places and how?

Popular Science: What influences the geography of gay places and how?

Michal Pitoňák, a PhD student from the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague is interested in queer geography – the geography of sexuality. Together with his colleague, Koessan Gabiam from Belgium, they try to describe and explain factors that influence the localization and diversification of gay places. Similar studies have been done on the scale of a region or country, most often on a city scale. Michal Pitoňák and Koessan Gabiam, however, analysed all the states of the European Union (EU), Norway and Switzerland.

Published Apr 09, 2015

Popular Science: How is healthcare for foreigners in Czechia?

Popular Science: How is healthcare for foreigners in Czechia?

Geographers from the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development in the Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague are interested in migration and its aspects. In one of the case studies they investigated the Czech healthcare and insurance system in relation to foreigners. Based on Czech law Dušan Drbohlav, Dagmar Dzúrová and two colleagues from Spain made and tested the hypothesis that foreigners have disadvantages compared to native Czech citizens.

Published Apr 09, 2015

Popular Science: Tracking Paleoclimate in High Central Andes

Popular Science: Tracking Paleoclimate in High Central Andes

As summers and vegetation seasons pass by, plant remains accumulate and in waterlogged areas they turn into peat bogs. These bogs contain thousands of years of paleo information from which we are able, using specific techniques, to reconstruct environmental conditions persisting in the past. Actually, this was the science which, in the early 19th century, revealed the existence of the green-house effect. But back to our recent article.

Published Feb 23, 2015

PhD STARS program is open for applications

PhD STARS program is open for applications

Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague has launched its program supporting talented PhD research students from all over the world. During the STARS 2018 call, prospective students can apply to PhD research topics announced on the web pages on January 15th, 2018. Deadline for application is March, 15, 2018.

Published Jan 07, 2015

Popular Science: Investigations into traces of life on Mars

Popular Science: Investigations into traces of life on Mars

Investigations of potential life or traces of life in space are no doubt an exciting part of contemporary science. One of the Czech Republic's experts in this area, geochemist Jan Jehlička (Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Mineral Resources) and his colleagues recently made a significant contribution to preparing the application of Raman spectroscopy in future Mars missions.

Published Dec 01, 2014

Popular Science: Suburbanisation in the post-communist world

Popular Science: Suburbanisation in the post-communist world

"Urban sprawl", the English term used to describe spontaneous expansion of human populations to suburban areas, has found a firm place also in Czech. While in the US, the country where this term was born, this phenomenon reached its climax years ago, it is still booming in a number of other regions of the world. The post-communist part of Europe has been one of such regions for the last twenty five years.

Published Nov 17, 2014

Money for research comes from   Norway

Money for research comes from Norway

Professor Zdena Palková of the Genetics and Microbiology Department is known for her original yeast cell colony research projects. This year she has managed to get substantial financial support for her work. Her team has become one of nineteen teams in the Czech Republic to receive grants from the Czech-Norwegian Research Programme.

Published Oct 24, 2014

Science is Beautiful starts Year 6

Science is Beautiful starts Year 6

Science is Beautiful, a competition show established by the Faculty of Science, Charles University in 2009, is intended for all those who "suffer from the same handicap": love for nature combined with love for photography or painting. The competition takes place for the sixth consecutive year, and the deadline for registrations is November 2.

Published Oct 08, 2014

A prize which makes you think

A prize which makes you think

The Ig Nobel Prize, awarded since 1991, may be humorous but it has deeper meaning: after the laughter dies down over how strange the research is, it’s intended to make us think. This year the laureates included several Czechs. We set out to talk to Professor Jaroslav Flegr shortly after he returned from the ceremony with his prize shaped like a dining hall tray from Harvard University, where the awards were presented.

Published Oct 01, 2014

Notification for foreign students concerning EBOLA

Notification for foreign students concerning EBOLA

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports together with Chief Public Health Officer of the Czech Republic issued a notification for foreign students upon coming from west Africa and Congo, from areas stricken by fevers caused by the EBOLA virus.

Published Sep 09, 2014

Faculty opens Alumni Club

Faculty opens Alumni Club

Whichever of the programmes offered by the Charles University Faculty of Science they choose, by successfully completing their studies students receive top-class qualifications in the selected area of expertise plus valuable capital taking the form of relationships with their "soulmates", i.e. their colleagues and teachers. Keeping such contacts live in order to provide graduates with links to an extensive network of professionals who have graduated from our Faculty - that is the goal of the Faculty of Science Alumni Club.

Published Aug 28, 2014

Massive international response to Czech geologists' achievement

Massive international response to Czech geologists' achievement

With just a bit of exaggeration, it can be said that unless you were on holiday last week and spent the whole time somewhere completely out of the reach of mass communication channels, it was virtually impossible to miss one of last week's few pieces of information coming from the world of science. Sunday, 20 July (late afternoon) saw the end of an embargo on releasing the latest information concerning a team of Czech geologists led by Faculty of Science staff member Jiří Bruthans. The team's fame then started spreading all over the world like an avalanche.

Published Jul 30, 2014

The force forming the sandstone monuments

The force forming the sandstone monuments

It is a rare occasion in any scientific field when a scientist or a team of scientists clarifies one of fundamental, but until now unknown principles. But that is exactly what was achieved by the collective of geologists lead by Jiri Bruthans from the Institute of Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Applied Geophysics of the Faculty of Science of the Charles University. Their article published in the most prestigious magazine in this field, Nature Geoscience, explains the forming of sandstone monuments in an easy and elegant way.

Published Jul 29, 2014

Open POST-DOC position for Foreign Young Researchers

Open POST-DOC position for Foreign Young Researchers

Four open positions - Projects proposed by Faculty of Science for the 7th call

Published Jul 03, 2014

Science born in Prague

Science born in Prague

Julius von Sachs, one of the prominent scientists in the Central Europe, the founder of botanical physiology, started his scientific career in Prague. On Tuesday of May 5th his bust was revealed in front of the Vinicna 5 building, all this under the patronage of the dean of the Faculty of science in Prague. This act started the Sachs celebration day.

Published May 20, 2014

Geography in the top 100 Universities of the World

Geography in the top 100 Universities of the World

For the third time in the row can be Albertov geography found amongst the world’s best universities according to the QS ranking.

Published Mar 21, 2014

Faculty is opening its door

Faculty is opening its door

Even with the diversity of fields of knowledge, research topics or methods, everybody working for or studying on the Faculty of Science shares two common things: dedication to science and concern about faculty’s prosperity and its development into a high quality and a modern science institution of world’s highest standards. Whilst the first is actually happening by itself, the other thing needs to be properly taken care off. What plans does the faculty’s Dean, prof. RNDr. Bohuslav Gas, CSc., for the future development of our faculty?

Published Mar 01, 2014