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Nanoparticles in antitumor therapy

One of the most common cause of deaths are various tumor diseases. Tumor cells often appears to be not vulnerable for some drugs. That is why developing therapies which includes many diffrent mechanisms of work are very important.In my studies I was trying to synthesize iron oxide extrimelly small rounded shaped particles which could handle three different mechanisms of killing tumor cells. Firstly they have special magnetic properties which, allows us to local incresing temperature thanks to variable magnetic field. So we could in some way „boil“ cells. Secondly I tried to admixture radioactive element. And thirdly I connected the particles with antitumor drug. In my project I was sythesizing those particles and investigated their properties and also how they interact with cells.

Elongated hexapawn

Elongated hexapawn is a board game based on chess, devised by T. R. Dawson. It gained recognision when Martin Gardner used it for the first popular description of machine learning. Still, the game remained unsolved: perfect gameplay was not known. The paper Elongated hexapawn closes this gap, using many combinatorial transformations and the basis of game theory, Sprague-Grundy theorem. Apart from describing the best moves in every position and giving some possibility of using similar methods for solving other board games, there is also a potential application in improving the quality of machine learning. The artificial intelligence can play against the perfect player designed in this paper, effectively measuring the rate of its progress.

High Altitude Micro Air Vehicle

Stratospheric missions allow us to forecast the weather and broaden our horizons in many fields, ex. astrobiology. Whenever we send a balloon into the stratosphere it gets blown off course which makes it hard to find and retrieve the experiment. We designed a drone that could, after being lofted into the stratosphere suspended from a balloon, return with a payload to the location of launch. We produced a prototype that we put through a series of tests, during which it became the worlds’ first micro class drone to return from the lower layers of the stratosphere carrying a scientific payload. The data and experience we gathered allowed us to outline a path for development of the HAMAV, that we are currently following in order to ready the drone for a voyage 30km above the earth’s surface.