Trump and Science – a press review of scientific and popular science papers

Trump and Science – a press review of scientific and popular science papers

To protest against the measures of the Trump administration questioning scientific results, American scientists will march in the streets on 22 April, Earth Day. Sympathy demonstrations will be held in approximately a hundred other countries. This press review is based on articles published in Science, Nature, Scientific American, New Scientist and National Geographic in January and February 2017.

A novel principle to mobilise neurons for brain repair

A novel principle to mobilise neurons for brain repair

Restorative neuroscience, the study of identifying the means to replace damaged neurons and recover permanently lost mental or physical abilities, is a rapidly advancing scientific field considering our progressively aging society. Redirecting immature neurons that reside in specific brain areas towards the sites of brain damage is an appealing strategy for acute brain injury or stroke therapy.

Our future is in research: a brand new research building, several launching projects and ongoing strategic programmes at the Academy

Our future is in research: a brand new research building, several launching projects and ongoing strategic programmes at the Academy

A brand new research building, two multi-billion-forint property investments, evolving strategic programmes – in essence this is what 2017 has in store for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. During a press conference held in the newly delivered Research Centre for Human Sciences, the leaders of the Academy evaluated the past year: in 2016 academic researchers won an outstanding number of research grants, seven of these from the ERC, where an international standard of excellence is a prerequisite.

Guns, coffee substitutes, maps – new directions in Trianon research Guns, coffee substitutes, maps – new directions in Trianon research

Guns, coffee substitutes, maps – new directions in Trianon research

What were the causes that lead to the military tragedy following the First World War and to the demobilisation of the army? How did the food supply change between 1917 and 1922 and what was the political significance of these changes? How can the geographical consequences of mapping out the new borders be examined with novel methods? These are the questions the MTA Lendület (Momentum) Trianon 100 Research Group sought to answer.

Climate change will accelerate if soils lose carbon Climate change will accelerate if soils lose carbon

Climate change will accelerate if soils lose carbon

How does the increase in the average temperature of the Earth influence the amount of carbon stored in the soil? Will this lead to a vicious circle, that is will it mean further temperature increase due to the released carbon? These were the questions addressed by the international research group which included the Kiskunság experiment overseen by the MTA Centre for Ecological Research.

New anti-leukemia drug kills tumour cells New anti-leukemia drug kills tumour cells

New anti-leukemia drug kills tumour cells

An experimental drug candidate eliminates tumours by promoting programmed cell death, according to a recent article in Nature, which rarely publishes on this topic. The leaders of the international author team are Hungarian researchers from the Servier Hungaria Ltd. The research institute is also in partnership with the Institute of Organic Chemistry, MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences.

Office in Wigner Center supports Hungarian use of space technology Office in Wigner Center supports Hungarian use of space technology

Office in Wigner Center supports Hungarian use of space technology

Hungary, as a full member of the European Space Agency, has joined the Technology Transfer Network of the international organisation, which aims at applying the results of space technology in other industrial fields and in everyday life. The Hungarian office was opened in the MTA Wigner Research Centre for Physics, in cooperation with the Hungarian Space Office.

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