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Ivan Havel and 140 years of Vesmír magazine

17-09-2011 02:01 | Christian Falvey

Ivan Havel It has been a constant companion for generation after generation of Czech science lovers – the popular science magazine Vesmír is marking its 140th year in publication. In today’s Science Journal we talk about the magazine’s course through the decades with none other than its editor-in-chief Dr. Ivan Havel, the distinguished former head of the Centre for Theoretical Studies and brother of ex-president Václav Havel, who took up work at the magazine just after the Velvet Revolution.  More

Science Journal

20-08-2011 02:01 | Christian Falvey

We’ve heard the politicians and the eco-activists’ views on the Šumava – but what do the scientists say? And by the way, how do cells read DNA? That’s what we’ll be trying to get our heads around this month on Science Journal.   More

Krtek tours Czech Republic after return from space

02-08-2011 17:03 | Jan Richter, Ondřej Bouda

Indira and Andrew Feustel, photo: CTK The Czech cartoon character Krtek, or Little Mole, has been given a hero’s welcome back home after spending two weeks in space. The American astronaut Andrew Feustel, who took Krtek to space aboard the Endeavour space shuttle, arrived in Prague last week with his family, and is now touring the Czech Republic with Krtek to promote science and technology among young Czechs.  More

Czech scientists map the barley genome

27-07-2011 15:58 | Christian Falvey

Barley Czech scientists working with an international team of experts have successfully finished mapping the barley genome. In a process of more than ten years, it was unique Czech technical breakthroughs that allowed the five billion letters of the barley genome to finally be deciphered. The new knowledge will not only enrich the understanding of genetic evolution but will also mean real benefits for cultivators in terms of higher yields and more resistant crops. Christian Falvey spoke to Jaroslav Doležel of the Institute of Experimental Botany in Olomouc to find out more.  More

Science Journal

23-07-2011 02:01 | Christian Falvey

Where will the energy of the future come from? If it comes from nuclear fusion, then the COMPASS tokamak fusion reactor in at Prague’s Institute of Plasma Physics will have played an important role in making it a reality.  More

Science Journal

25-06-2011 02:01 | Christian Falvey

SWARM satellites, photo: ESA It is only two and a half years now since the Czech Republic officially joined the European Space Agency, and already Czech scientists are playing a big role, with more than three dozen projects currently underway.  More

Czech scientists uncover reason behind high incidence of abortions in mares

28-05-2011 02:01 | Sarah Borufka

In this month’s edition of Science Journal: A team of Czech researchers may have found the answer to a question that has puzzled veterinarians, horse breeders and biologists for decades – why such a high percentage of pregnancies in mares end in natural, chemically triggered abortions. A recent study released by a Czech scientist suggests the answer may be that keeping pregnant mares close to stallions at their home stable makes them more likely to abort.  More

Mikulov museum displays historic scientific instruments from town’s 380-year-old Piarist school

03-05-2011 15:56 | Jan Richter

Microscope, photo: Milan Karásek The Regional Museum in Mikulov, in southern Moravia, has opened an exhibition of historic scientific instruments once used at the town’s 380-year-old grammar school. The exhibition highlights the beauty of the elaborate antique objects, and it also shows what role the school, founded by the Catholic order of the Piarists in the middle of the Thirty Years’ War, played in the town’s history.  More

World’s most powerful laser to be sited in Czech Republic

27-04-2011 16:11 | Jan Velinger

Photo: ELI Last week the European Commission confirmed the world’s most powerful laser known as ELI (which stands for Light Infrastructure) will be developed in the town of Dolní Břežany, near Prague. At the cost of 6.7 billion crowns, the laser could spur breakthroughs in everything from nuclear physics to medical diagnosis, treatment and therapy.  More

Michal Pěchouček – AI specialist developing ways of improving aviation and protecting ships from pirates

11-04-2011 16:01 | Ian Willoughby

Michal Pěchouček Though still only in his late 30s, Professor Michal Pěchouček is an internationally recognised expert in the field of artificial intelligence. His work includes developing machines that are capable of working together without active human input, while he has also helped create sophisticated programmes aimed at improving flight traffic control – and thwarting the pirates that disrupt international shipping in the Gulf of Aden.  More

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