Creative ideas gain their practical implementation

On the eve of the professional holiday for Belarusian scientists, the Day of Science, the Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Sergey Chizhik, tells us about the most important research projects countrywide
By Irina Sudilova

Belarusian spacecraft launch
The remote Earth sensing satellite, which was launched last year from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, has a resolution of 2.1 metres, providing full coverage of the country from space. It is more manoeuvrable, being able to quickly rearrange its orbit, to shoot from the right angle. The images produced are being used domestically and are sold abroad, generating revenue. 

Technology for creating thermal expanded graphite
Belarus is producing large volumes of thermal expanded graphite: a highly efficient packing material, which is light and porous. One cubic metre can be easily held in one hand. The future of highly capacitive energy storage development is connected with such materials and they can also be used for nano-electronic devices.

Centre for Cell Technologies
By mid-2013, the Institute of Biophysics and Cell Engineering will have opened its cell technology centre, providing services in the field of stem cells. Many tests have already been conducted on animals, with treatment of vascular diseases and healing of skin wounds of particular interest.

Determination of lymphocyte genome integrity
Belarusian genetics can now determine blood lymphocyte genome integrity, thanks to research carried out on single cells using DNA comet assay. 

This enables early diagnosis of the possible harmful effects of environmental factors on human health.
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