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Midlife Crisis of the Universe: Galaxies’ interactions did not affect interstellar dust

Dust-related energy Budget of over 1000 galaxies at the midlife of the Universe. Arrows correspond to the correlations with different quantities. M* is stellar mass, age* is stellar age. Different lines correspond to different relations from the literature.  is the ultraviolet slope, a proxy for dust attenuation. IRX is the ratio of infrared to ultraviolet luminosities.
A new study has shed light on the intricate cosmic dance between interstellar dust in galaxies, properties of galaxies, and their environments. For a very long time, the relations between dust and the galaxies was investigated. However, the link between dust properties and the neighborhood of galaxies was poorly understood. In the newest work published in Astronomy&Astrophysics, the scientists studied the relationship between the amount of stellar light absorbed by dust, and the environments of galaxies. ----

MARIA returned to work

Nowa sterownia reaktora MARIA
On October 27, after a modernization break, the MARIA research reactor resumed operation. Thus, the long-awaited production of radioisotopes began again, mainly for medical purposes. ----

Professor Agnieszka Pollo has taken the position of Deputy Director for Science at NCBJ

Prof. dr hab. Agnieszka Pollo
On October 16, 2023, a change took place in the position of Deputy Director for Science at NCBJ. The former director, Professor Ewa Rondio, passed on her duties to Professor Agnieszka Pollo, an astrophysicist who has been successfully leading the rapidly developing Department of Astrophysics. ----

NCBJ Materials Research Laboratory prepared to test the construction materials of the HTGR reactor

Próbka przygotowana do badań w analizatorze termicznym STA 449 F3 Jupiter (Foto: NCBJ)
Scientists and Engineers of the NCBJ Materials Research Laboratory specialize in analyzes of mechanical, structural and thermal properties and non-destructive tests of modern materials intended for use in Generation IV nuclear reactors. The recently completed modernization of the Laboratory will allow for testing and certification of materials that will be used to construct the first Polish high-temperature gas-cooled reactor – HTGR. ----

Professor Gudowski received the Eagle award of the weekly "Wprost"

Profesor Wacław Gudowski
On September 23, during a conference in Warsaw, prof. Wacław Gudowski from the Department of Nuclear Energy and Environmental Analysis of NCBJ received the Eagle "Wprost" award in the "Business and science" category. The award was granted for outstanding scientific achievements and teaching activities in the field of nuclear energy, as well as for involvement in the development of scientific cooperation between Poland and Sweden. ----

HTGR-POLA research reactor presented during the 67th IAEA General Conference

The conceptual design of the Polish high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR-POLA), presented in June in Warsaw, was presented last week (September 27) at the international nuclear forum, at the annual general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. ----

NRC delegation visit

On September 26, 2023, NCBJ was visited by Mr. David Austin Wright, Commissioner of the NRC - the American Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The guest was accompanied by representatives of the Commission and the US Embassy in Warsaw, including the deputy head of mission, Mr. Daniel J. Lawton. The guests met with the Institute's management, learned information about our main research priorities and visited the MARIA reactor. ----

Appropriate amino acids can improve the effectiveness of therapy for hard-to-reach cancers

In the study, the results of which have just been published in the journal "Molecules", scientists have shown that exposing non-small cell lung cancer cells to appropriately selected amino acids can increase the effectiveness of radiotherapy based on local emission of alpha radiation by neutron-activated boron. The so-called BNCT therapy is mainly used to treat particularly sensitive organs, e.g. the brain. The first author of the work is a doctoral student of RadFarm studies conducted at NCBJ. ----