It may not sound as romantic as being struck by Cupid’s arrow, but feelings of love and lust are very much the result of chemical reactions within our body, says Dr. Michael Londesborough, a chemist at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He recently visited our studio to discuss some of humanity’s most powerful emotions from a scientific perspective. I began by asking him if there is any difference in how men and women perceive love.
The Jaroslav Heyrovský Institute for Physical Chemistry has become the
first department of the Czech Academy of Sciences to obtain the HR
Excellence in Research Award, the Czech News Agency reported on Monday.
The award gives public recognition to research institutions that have made progress in aligning their HR policies with the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers, making them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.
The Institute is a centre of fundamental research in physical chemistry, electrochemistry and chemical physics and is strongly involved in training of both undergraduate and graduate students.
Czech students won three gold medals and one silver medal at the
International Chemical Olympiad to finish in fourth place overall, the
country’s best showing in history.
Some 300 participants from 76 countries to part in the event. Jan Obořil, a Brno-Bystrc grammar school student, finished in eighth place. He was previously a member of a three-person team that won the European Science Olympiad.
One person died following a leak of phenol from a tanker in Děčín in
north Bohemia on Thursday morning, which occurred at a local chemical plant
producing detergents and various raw materials.
Altogether 16 people required medical treatment, after inhaling the fumes or suffering chemical burns. An investigation has been launched into the release of the dangerous chemical substance.
The Czech environmental group Arnika is ringing alarm bells. According to the results of a recent study it conducted, some children’s toys and grooming accessories, such as hair brushes, sold in the EU contain toxic substances. Arnika’s Karolína Brabcová says this is an unfortunate side product of the drive to promote plastics recycling.
Another phase of a clean-up of the sludge oil lagoons left by the former
chemical plant Ostramo in Ostrava got underway on Tuesday. Some 200,000
tonnes of waste was removed in the past but thousands more were
The tender to remove an additional 90,000 tonnes of the chemical dredge was won by the company AVE CZ in 2015. The oil and chemical lagoon in Ostrava is considered a major ecological disaster for the Czech Republic.
Czech scientist Antonín Holý, who played an important role in creating drugs to treat HIV and AIDS, died five years ago this week -on July 17, 2012. Among his biggest achievements was the drug Tenofovir used to treat HIV sufferers that has helped millions of people the world over. In developing the drug Holý worked closely with the Belgian virologist Erik De Clercq. Prof. De Clercq gave Czech Radio’s correspondent in Brussels Filip Nerad an interview recalling his collaboration and personal friendship with Antonín Holý.
Fire-fighters were called to deal with an isocyanide leak at the Grenier aerospace company in Nyrsko, south-western Bohemia in the early hours of Monday. Several units of firefighters fought to contain the spill of the highly toxic, flammable substance. Four of the company’s employees were taken to hospital for observation after breathing in the substance. Preliminary reports say the leak occurred due to a faulty pipe. The accident is being investigated
Researchers from Brno’s Masaryk University are engaged in an extensive study mapping the effects of toxic substances in the environment on the health of the population. An EU grant for a modern biobank will enable them to take further a pan-European project that Brno scientists joined in 1991. The aim is to study the impact of the environment from embryo stage through life, on three generations of people. Jana Klánová, head of the Brno-based Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment, explains what kind of research this involves.
Czech scientists have made the cover of the prestigious Science magazine with their discovery of a unique method determining the structure of nanocrystals. The new findings can have an important impact on scientific fields such as pharmaceuticals, synthetic chemistry, or the development of new materials. Lukáš Palatinus of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, who was the head of the research team, told me more about the discovery: