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Popular Science: Frequency of fog in the Czech Republic. What is the trend?

Fog is very important for the environment and for human society. In particular, it brings moisture to the landscape and cleans the atmosphere. However, it can be dangerous due to low visibility conditions and because of the formation of acidic fog associated with air pollutants. Yet, not enough attention was devoted to detailed research into fog. Scientists led by Iva Hůnová therefore focused on a comprehensive study of the occurrence of this important atmospheric phenomenon in the Czech Republic from a long-term perspective.

Published Aug 22, 2020

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

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!

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

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

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