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Olga Malinkiewicz is one step closer to commercializing perovskite technology. It looks like the revolution may start simple – from a phone charger. On the 3rd of March 2016, at the International Conference on Perovskite Thin Film Photovoltaics (ABXPV) in Barcelona, the SAULE team, lead by a Polish scientist Olga Malinkiewicz, presented a small, flexible module, which can be easily incorporated into a smartphone. It turned out that the newly-created and perovskite-based first working prototype of the photovoltaic module can power devices like smartphones as when exposed to light, it provides enough power to charge up a phone battery. This can…

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The government wants to help startups and boost Polish innovation by establishing the Fund of Funds. With 500 M in the pocket, this would be the largest investment programme in Poland. On March 11th, 2016, The government announced the establishment of the largest Fund of Funds in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. With a budget of nearly PLN 500 million, the fund will support start-ups and the development of innovation. Funds for this purpose will be allocated by the PZU Group and other private investors, in cooperation with the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) which will serve…

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Abbey Road is as famous as the artists who have recorded there. Sting, Pink Floyd, Queen, Duran Duran and dozens of other chart-topping musicians have helped the London studio achieve national landmark status – none more so than The Beatles, who immortalized it in an album of the same name. The 83-year old studio, now part of EMI Group, may be as legendary as the rock stars who’ve recorded there, but management are keen to stay current rather than savor the past. In an industry undergoing rapid changes in consumer habits and revenue models, the studio is innovating with a…

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Ball shaped, 360 VR camera is the most recent invention of Samsung. Will it win the hearts of users? On February 21st, 2016, Samsung Electronics announced the Samsung Gear 360, a 360-degree camera that lets consumers easily create, view and share their favorite experiences through video and still image content. Gear 360 is designed for travel, festive gatherings and every activity in between to provide an all-encompassing visual experience. The new camera simply lets users become the creators of their own virtual reality content to enjoy through Gear VR. “Samsung continues to push the boundaries of the mobile experience to…

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NCBR has chosen the winners of its Application Projects contest, which aimed to support the best R&D projects involving industrial research and experimental development. The winning entrepreneurs and scientists will jointly develop globally unique solutions. On February 22, 2016, NCBR announced the results of its first ever edition of the ‘Application Projects’ competition. Consortia composed of research units and businesses will receive more than PLN 70 million to pursue their innovative projects. ”Polish economy can only succeed if we rely on the development of the resources of the Polish science. Examples of innovative technologies and solutions developed by Polish scientists…

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A high-end line of Witcher 3 collectibles will be soon available for the video game’s fans.   CD Projekt Red and Dark Horse, an American comic book publisher, have announced their plans to launch a high-end product line based on The Witcher in the fall of 2016. Licensed product categories derived from the series will span a large range, including statues, busts, and action figures; prop and jewelry replicas; and barware, stationery, and other collectibles. This new line of products debuts with a stunning set of new figures. “We are truly excited to bring The Witcher 3 characters to life!…

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