New conclusions on Trianon – MTA to fund 11 new Lendület (Momentum) research groups

New conclusions on Trianon – MTA to fund 11 new Lendület (Momentum) research groups

With the centenary of the Trianon Treaty of 1920 fast approaching what do we know and what do we not know about the Treaty? How do we use our main articulatory organ, our tongue, when speaking Hungarian? What forces shaped the universe into its present form? What does evolution teach us about carcinogenesis? Among other topics, these are the questions the 11 winners of this year's Lendület (Momentum) Program sought to answer. For the upcoming 5 years, the Academy will allocate 400 million forints for the funding of these projects.

Biological stress celebrates its 80th jubilee: lecture series at MTA dedicated to Hans Selye and his scientific achievements

Biological stress celebrates its 80th jubilee: lecture series at MTA dedicated to Hans Selye and his scientific achievements

It was the beginning of a new field within medical research and it was initiated through a surprising medium: a letter written by Hans Selye to Nature magazine back in 1936. The expression “general adaptation syndrome” (GAS), which Selye had conceived was based on an endocrinological experiment in which he injected mice with extracts from numerous organs. He later coined the expression “stress”, which has since entered the general lexicon of many other languages. Our lecture series on 5 May is dedicated to Mr. Selye and his scientific legacy.

Hungarian Academy of Sciences on Lukács Archives

Hungarian Academy of Sciences on Lukács Archives

László Lovász, president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences met with Péter Agárdi, president of the supervising committee of the György Lukács Foundation. Mr. Lovász emphasised that the preservation of the Archives is essential. In this spirit all books and digitized and catalogued manuscripts will be taken to the Philosophy Institute of the MTA Research Centre for the Humanities.

“Brain-sighted” mice could lead us into the world of The Matrix “Brain-sighted” mice could lead us into the world of The Matrix

“Brain-sighted” mice could lead us into the world of The Matrix

A Hungarian research group has gone far beyond the benefits of retina implants by compelling the brain itself to see. We talked with the group’s leader, ERC winner Balázs Rózsa about light-sensitive nerve cells, an optogenetic revolution and a window opening on the brain which could even help restore the vision of blind people.

Useful first-hand hints on how to win an ERC grant Useful first-hand hints on how to win an ERC grant

Useful first-hand hints on how to win an ERC grant

Miklós Abért, a mathematician at Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, reveals how he won an ERC grant in 2015. During the interview made by the ERC he also advises on what to bear in mind when applying for a grant.

What stays in your shopping cart if pollinators disappear? What stays in your shopping cart if pollinators disappear?

What stays in your shopping cart if pollinators disappear?

Among other things, coffee, cacao, apples, and mustard will be missing from our tables if the destruction of pollinator species continues. With the participation of MTA Ecological Research Centre the first comprehensive international report was made on the situation of pollinators. According to the document, without pollinators about half of food raw materials can perish and the life of millions can be at risk.

First International Workshop on Computational Latin Dialectology First International Workshop on Computational Latin Dialectology

First International Workshop on Computational Latin Dialectology

The purpose of the Lendület (‘Momentum’) Research Group for Computational Latin Dialectology is to intensify and possibly complete the research carried out in the OTKA-project “Computerized Historical Linguistic Database of Latin Inscriptions of the Imperial Age” so far, which aims at developing and digitally publishing a comprehensive, computerized historical linguistic database that contains and manages the Vulgar Latin material of the inscriptions found in some European areas of the Roman Empire.

Gravitational waves: three-in-one discoveries of world-wide importance in physics Gravitational waves: three-in-one discoveries of world-wide importance in physics

Gravitational waves: three-in-one discoveries of world-wide importance in physics

Two black holes collided in a galaxy far away. During the event, an unprecedented amount of energy was released. The energy, equivalent to three thousand supernova explosions, was taken away by gravitational waves as predicted by Einstein a hundred years ago, and was possible to detect directly for the first time, which precisely depicted the dramatic circumstances of the collision.

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