Gravitational waves – the latest astonishing discovery

Gravitational waves – the latest astonishing discovery

A good three months following their very first discovery, gravitational waves were detected for a second time by LIGO. The 2015 Christmas phenomenon was likely caused by a cataclysmic event: the collision of two black holes equalling the mass of several Suns. This latest result proves how gravitational wave detectors have genuinely opened a new window onto the universe.

Why is it surprising that toads prefer milder winters?

Why is it surprising that toads prefer milder winters?

The MTA ATK NÖVI Lendület (Momentum) Evolutionary Ecology Research Group was the first in the world to prove in a laboratory environment that shorter and milder winters resulting from climate change may have a positive effect on the survival and general condition of temperate-zone amphibians. Their findings were published in the open access journal, Scientific Reports.

Trees witnessed sleeping for the very first time

Trees witnessed sleeping for the very first time

A Hungarian–Finnish-Austrian research group’s laser scanner experiment revealed what happens to the foliage of trees during the night. The results stunned everyone. András Zlinszky, researcher at the Balaton Limnological Institute of MTA’s Centre for Ecological Research served as the group’s biologist.

Academy honours presented during the 187th General Assembly Academy honours presented during the 187th General Assembly

Academy honours presented during the 187th General Assembly

During the 187th General Assembly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, President László Lovász presented the Academy’s distinguished honours: the Academic Awards, the Journalist Award of the Academy, the Mór Wahrmann Medal and the János Arany Lifetime Achievement Award.

Our aim is mutual: to promote Hungarian science Our aim is mutual: to promote Hungarian science

Our aim is mutual: to promote Hungarian science

A linguist-anthropologist, a historian, a climatologist, a prominent expert of occupational medicine, an acknowledged researcher of Hungarian literature in Vojvodina, a representative of dialectology and sociolinguistics, a pharmaceutical researcher, a geologist and an immunologist. These are the disciplines practiced by the Hungarian scientists living abroad who were awarded the János Arany Award and the János Arany Medal during the 187th General Assembly of the Academy.

Mihály Beck receives Academy’s gold award Mihály Beck receives Academy’s gold award

Mihály Beck receives Academy’s gold award

Chemist and full member of the Academy, Mihály Beck received the Academy’s gold award during the open ceremonial session of the 187th General Assembly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Introducing the newly elected members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Introducing the newly elected members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Introducing the newly elected members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

During a closed session on Monday afternoon the Academy Assembly elected new full, corresponding, external and honorary members to the Academy. On the first day of the 187th General Assembly, President László Lovász announced three new largescale research programs. Namely, the educational methodology program, the agrarian innovation program and the hydrology program, all of which enjoy government support.

Let’s produce excellent researchers! – László Lovász’s speech during gala ceremony of 187th General Assembly Let’s produce excellent researchers! – László Lovász’s speech during gala ceremony of 187th General Assembly

Let’s produce excellent researchers! – László Lovász’s speech during gala ceremony of 187th General Assembly

We live in an era in which we scientists are also responsible for the socio-economic processes of the country, regardless of the fact whether the political and economic elite queries us on these or not. We have initiated three large scale research programs which are from a social angle clearly fundamental and can only include methodological approaches which in the long-term combine basic research and their applied forms in order to be successful.

Viktor Orbán at the Academy: 1200 billion for R&D until 2020 Viktor Orbán at the Academy: 1200 billion for R&D until 2020

Viktor Orbán at the Academy: 1200 billion for R&D until 2020

“The aim of the government is to make Hungary the most competitive country in Central Europe. Therefore, the government will spend 1200 billion forints on research, development and innovation. This amounts to 1.8 per cent of the GNP, which means we are approaching the 1.9 per cent average of the EU. In order to reach this goal we conferred with President Lovász and agreed that we shall also collaborate with the new programs of the Academy”, said the Prime Minister.

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

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.

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