Lodz University of Technology has joined the UN-supported initiative "Race to Zero". This global campaign brings together enterprises, cities, as well as institutions from the education, finance and healthcare sectors, whose common goal is to create and implement transparent action plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
According to the latest data from CERT Polska (a team operating within the structures of NASK - the National Research Institute), phishing, i.e. a technique in which attackers attempt to obtain private information such as passwords, bank account numbers and personal data, is still the most frequently used method on the list of threats in the area of cybercrime in Poland. The phishing mechanism is based on impersonating trusted sources, such as banks, companies or government institutions. In 2020, 7,622 cases were reported, while in 2021, the number of phishing attempts in Poland almost tripled to 22,575 documented attempts.
Palm oil can be found in foods such as cakes and pastries, creams, ice cream, candy bars, popcorn, chips, frozen French fries, hamburger buns, ready-made pizza dough, margarines, powdered soups, cereals, infant formula and many others. It is also very widely used in the manufacture of cosmetics as an ingredient in body lotions, creams, conditioners shampoos, soaps, bath lotions, lipsticks or face primers. We may not always be aware that a food or cosmetic product contains palm oil, as manufacturers often do not indicate the exact origin of the raw material used and refer to it as 'vegetable oil'. For the sake of our health and the environment, we should limit our consumption and use of palm oil.

Nowadays, people are paying much more attention to where ingredients come from and how they are processed. They expect ethical and sustainable practices from producers. With technology providing instant access to information beyond the product label, consumer demands for greater transparency about organic claims, ingredients and processes will continue to grow. Clear, easy-to-understand definitions of terms such as 'natural' and 'organic' would make it much easier to meet these expectations.

The development of virtual reality is gaining momentum every year. Although eighty years have passed since the creation of the first project which set the course for further activities in the field of immersive solutions, the topic of VR is still shrouded in mystery for many people. Before we start an adventure with virtual reality, it is advisable to know its definition, which was developed by the creator of the term virtual reality (VR).
It was awarded in 2022 to three economists for their research on banks and financial crises. The laureates were Ben S. Bernanke, Douglas W. Diamond and Philip H. Dybvig. In justifying its decision, the Swedish Academy of Sciences wrote that the contribution of the winners' research lies in explaining why it is so important to avoid banking crises. All three have measurably increased our knowledge of the role of banks in the economy, especially during financial crises.
This year's Nobel Prize is certainly remarkable. It shows how important in the modern world are the methods of organic synthesis, allowing the production of new materials and their applications, in particular in biological systems. It has been awarded to organic chemists who are not afraid to take up new challenges and cross borders, working on the border of chemistry and biology.
In May 2022, a collaboration between an artist collective and Danish technology company Mindfuture resulted in the creation of the Computer Lars project - involving artificial intelligence and a chatbot imitating a human. It has given rise to the Det Sintetiske Parti (DSP) - the Synthetic Party, which is preparing to run in the upcoming 2023 parliamentary elections.
The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three scientists working on experimental and theoretical aspects of quantum mechanics. As set out in the verdict of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the prize was awarded "for experiments with entangled photons, establishing violations of Bell's inequality and pioneering quantum computing".

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