Ceremonial assembly on the occasion of 24 May

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences celebrated 24 May - the Day of the Holy Brothers Cyril and Methodius, of the Bulgarian alphabet, education and culture and of the Slavonic Literature with a ceremonial assembly. The President of the Academy Prof. Julian Revalski, Full Member of BAS, delivered a speech on the occasion. "Our mission is to be convinced and to convince that every talented creative act, every scientific discovery marks a significant, respectable trace not only in the national memory," said Prof. Revalski. Prof. Iliya Iliev from the Institute for Historical Studies of BAS delivered a festive speech on the topic “The work of Cyril and Methodius and medieval Bulgaria”.   "Bulgaria became a leading cultural center of medieval Europe. Armed with this spiritual shield, [...]

2021-05-31T11:11:28+00:00Friday, 21 May 2021|Categories: Selected, Uncategorized|

200 years since the birth of Georgi Stoykov Rakovski

  The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great revolutionary Georgi Stoykov Rakovski with a poster exhibition which is arranged in the central foyer of BAS. The exposition traces the diverse performances of the great revolutionary, diplomat, publicist, poet, scientist through books and periodicals by and about Rakovski which are stored in the rich funds of the Central Library of BAS. Old printed editions from the Revival collection (original first editions of Rakovski's own books), books from the personal libraries of Felix Kanitz (with autograph by Rakovski himself), Nikola Nachov and others were used. In the year dedicated to the life and work of the great Bulgarian, on Rakovski's Day – 14 April, when Bulgaria celebrates 200 years [...]

Ancient genomes shed new light on the earliest Europeans and their relationships with Neandertals

  An international research team has sequenced the genomes of the oldest securely dated modern humans in Europe who lived around 45,000 years ago in Bacho Kiro Cave, Bulgaria. By comparing their genomes to the genomes of people who lived later in Europe and in Asia the researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, show that this early human group in Europe contributed genes to later people, particularly present-day East Asians. The researchers also identified large stretches of Neandertal DNA in the genomes of the Bacho Kiro Cave people, showing that they had Neandertal ancestors about 5-7 generations back in their family histories. This suggests that mixture with Neandertals was the rule rather than the exception when the first modern [...]

An interstellar comet is probably the most pristine object ever discovered

Image of comet 2I / Borisov obtained with the VLT telescope. Image credit: ESO New observations made with the participation of a scientist from BAS using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) show that the unique comet 2I / Borisov, which is only the second newly discovered interstellar visitor to our solar system, is one of the most pristine objects that have ever been observed. Astronomers speculate that this comet never passed a star nearby, making it an intact remnant of the cloud of gas and dust from which it formed. Stefano Bagnulo and his colleagues, including Assoc. Prof. Dr. Galin Borisov from the Institute of Astronomy with NAO - BAS, used the FORS2 instrument of the VLT [...]

2021-04-09T08:49:50+00:00Friday, 2 April 2021|Categories: Astronomy, Space Research and Technologies, Selected|
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