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|

The exhibition “Bulgarian Archaeology 2020” presents over 350 exhibits from Prehistory to the Middle Ages

The National Archaeological Institute with a Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (NAIM at BAS) is going to present the fourteenth national archaeological exhibition "Bulgarian Archaeology 2020" from 12 February to 2 May 2021. Traditionally, the exhibition shows the most interesting finds and rich illustrative material from the field work of Bulgarian archaeologists in the previous year. It is organized on the occasion of the Archaeologist's Day, 14 February. "Despite the serious difficulties caused by the spread of the coronavirus in Bulgaria, 2020 was a very important and successful year for Bulgarian archaeology. Our work covered large-scale rescue excavations and numerous planned studies throughout the country. We received funding for more than 100 projects," said the director of NAIM at BAS, Assoc. Prof. Dr. [...]

2021-02-10T12:52:05+00:00Tuesday, 9 February 2021|Categories: Cultural-historical Heritage and National Identity, Selected|
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