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.
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.
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.
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.
According to an article published on Nature’s homepage on May 25, an extraordinary phenomenon has been discovered in Debrencen: the fifth fundamental force in nature. Laboratories worldwide will be attempting to reproduce the results achieved in the Institute for Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA Atomki).
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.
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.
No considerable changes have occurred in 2015 in the personal and financial conditions of the research network of the Academy. While indicators of scientific achievement such as the number of publications and impact factors show a slight decrease, several institutions have excelled in winning international grants.
An extended educational methodology program, agriculture and climate change, hydrology. The future direction of these research areas are all of national importance, hence these were the focal points of President László Lovász’s annual report.
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.
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