Archaeological research in Soba
Fieldwork in Soba, the former capital of the Kingdom of Alwa – today, a suburb of Khartoum – was paused for a mid-season break in mid-December. It was carried out by a team of specialists led by Dr Mariusz Drzewiecki from the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw. The excavations revealed the remains of a medieval garden. It is the first this kind of a discovery in Soba.
Discovery of oldest representation of a water wheel on a Roman mosaic from Apamea
Recent studies conducted by researchers from the Faculty of Archeology at the University of Warsaw contributed to a discovery of particular importance. On the famous figural mosaic, a huge hydraulic wheel was discerned. According to Prof. Marek T. Olszewski, it is currently known as the oldest representation of a noria.
An Earth-sized rogue planet discovered in the Milky Way
Our Galaxy may be teeming with rogue planets, gravitationally unbound to any star. An international team of scientists, led by Polish astronomers from the University of Warsaw, has announced the discovery of the smallest Earth-sized free-floating planet found to date.
The Denouement of the Enigma of the Roman Mosaic from the House of Aion in Paphos
After years of research conducted by Prof. Marek T. Olszewski from the UW Faculty of Archaeology, the iconographic program of the famous mosaic from the reception room of the Roman House of Aion in Paphos (Cyprus) has been resolved. The interpretation of the Polish researcher was accepted by scholars of Roman iconography as adequate and precise.
The Second Exoplanet in the Proxima Centauri Planetary System
New observations of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Solar System, located at a distance of 4.2 light years, have made it possible to reveal the presence of a candidate low-mass planet orbiting the star at a distance 1.5 times greater than that separating the Earth from the Sun.
Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair
A 500-day global observation campaign spearheaded more than three years ago by ESA’s galaxy-mapping powerhouse Gaia has provided unprecedented insights into the binary system of stars that caused an unusual brightening of an even more distant star.
New discoveries of sundials on Roman mosaics
Recent research done by Prof. Marek T. Olszewski from the UW Institute of Archaeology was related with the analysis of figural mosaics from the Roman Empire. As a result, the scientist discovered unidentified representations of sundials, shown in a specific perspective.
The Milky Way in three dimensions
When Galileo pointed his first telescope at the Milky Way in the early 17th century, he noticed it consists of countless stars. Since that time, studying the properties and history of our Galaxy has absorbed many generations of scientists. Writing in Science, Polish astronomers from the UW Astronomical Observatory present a unique three-dimensional map of the Milky Way.
Novel mechanism underlying mitochondrial diseases
Mitochondrial diseases usually manifest themselves in disorders of the nervous system and muscles. Dr. Karthik Mohanraj and Dr. Michał Wasilewski from the UW Centre of New Technologies are members of the scientific team that has discovered a novel mechanism underlying many mitochondrial diseases. The results of their research were published in a magazine entitled ‘EMBO Molecular Medicine’.
Two new rogue planets
Theories of planet formation predict the existence of free-floating planets that were ejected from their parent planetary systems and are floating alone through space. Astronomers from the Warsaw University Observatory have found two new rogue worlds. The discovery has been published in the journal “Astronomy & Astrophysics”.
New discoveries of UW archaeologists in Kuwait
The Kuwaiti-Polish Archaeological Mission headed by Prof. Piotr Bieliński from the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of UW discovered at the Bahra 1 site in Kuwait a structure that may be interpreted as a cultic building from the 6th millennium BC.
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