Nine New Hungarian members in Academia Europaea

Nine New Hungarian members in Academia Europaea

Nine Hungarian researchers working in Hungary, including academicians and doctors of the Academy have been elected to become members of Academia Europaea. Thus the total number of Hungarian members since the founding of the institution in 1988 has risen to 118.

Confidence and the mathematician in our brain

Confidence and the mathematician in our brain

Up until recently it was believed that a complicated analysing process is responsible for our confidence in our decisions. Balázs Hangya, a researcher at the Institute of Experimental Medicine of MTA and his colleagues suggest that simple mathematical principles are behind this complicated feeling.

Gravitational waves – the latest astonishing discovery 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?

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

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.

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