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„Academia” special edition 1 2016: Vaccination
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03 Aug 2016

A Word of Introduction On 16 June 2016, the General Assembly of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) – the most authoritative group of scientists in Poland, consisting of members of the Academy itself, the directors of the PAS institutes, and the chairmen of the PAS scientific committees – unanimously adopted a position statement on the issue of protective vaccination...

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Chill Against Overweight, or What We Owe to Mice
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03 Aug 2016

2016-08-01 New evidence has been found that reducing ambient temperature may contribute to body weight reduction. Staying in chilly environment alters intestinal bacterial flora in a way which might help fighting overweight. This is the conclusion of experiments on mice carried out by PAS Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research together with a Swedish research partner. 

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„Academia”: Cooperation
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03 Aug 2016

Conundrums of Cooperation  Do Poles like to cooperate? Well, psychological research would indicate not. We are distrustful towards everyone, perhaps apart from our own families. Poles are great individualists, we are told. This attitude is present in plenty of adages in the Polish language, for instance, urging us to mind our own business and rely only on ourselves. Another interesting indicator is the small degree to which Poles, as compared to other nations, get involved with nongovernmental organizations (a topic discussed in Academia issue 1/2010)... 

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Dr. Alicja Wierzcholska’s blazars
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09 Aug 2016

2016-08-09 Blazars are active galaxies centered around supermassive black holes. They generate strong electromagnetic radiation in a very wide spectrum – from visible light to radio, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray, and gamma radiation. All those kinds of radiation are studied by Dr. Alicja Wierzcholska (PAS Institute of Nuclear Physics), winner of START competition organized by the Foundation for Polish Science.

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A Gnawing Success

We discuss good ideas that sometimes turn out to be problematic in practice with Prof. Henryk Okarma (who studies the biology and ecology of large carnivores and ungulates, predator-prey interactions, invasive alien species, wildlife biology, and nature conservation)

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Is Old Age Inevitable?

Prof. Marek Konarzewski, a corresponding member of the PAS whose work deals with issues of evolutionary biology, ecology, and physiology, discusses the lives of people and animals in post-reproductive age

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Can a Crystal Be Frustrated?

Not being able to carry out our plans frequently leads to frustration. Can a similar phenomenon occur in physics? It turns out that it can

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Angry, Young, and Apolitical

Prof. Mirosława Grabowska from the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw, director of the opinion polling center CBOS, discusses the attitudes of young people towards politics and democracy in the context of their hopes and expectations

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Giant Leaps for Small Cells

Modern medicine is developing newer and newer methods of treatment, supplementing traditional medications with the latest scientific achievements. For example, sometimes special cells derived from the patient or a donor, or even created in a laboratory, can used as “medicines” in their own right

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Gregarious Gulls

Almost 13% of all bird species, and 95% of those living in marine environments, nest in colonies. They exhibit many types of social behavior which can be interpreted as collaboration

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Pick Me, I Have Great Genes!

Females of most species cannot rely on their mates to help raise their young, so they strive to at least get the best possible genes for their offspring. But how do males communicate that they are good father material?

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Climate Data Locked Away in Fossils

They lived around 200 million years ago, and they resembled today’s squids and cuttlefishes. Belemnites can reveal a wealth of fascinating information about climate in past geological eras

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Howlin’ Wolf

The term “structure” is quite commonly encountered on the pages of ecology textbooks. It is especially popular in descriptions of populations in relation to their spatial, age, sex and genetic organization, and of course social structures, which describe interactions and links between individuals, and group configuration

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What “Upper Class”?

The economic and political transformation of the 1990s enabled certain people and groups to make a leap up into higher rungs in the social structure, amassing wealth and influence on a previously unimagined scale. But do they comprise a homogenous “upper class”?

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Andrew I. Schafer: Working Together To Revitalize the Physician-Scientist Workforce of Tomorrow

– International efforts should be initiated to address the problem of the threatened physician-scientist career path. Comparative study should be undertaken to understand differences amongst countries in terms of the current issues that confront physician-scientists – says Andrew I. Schafer, an invited speaker at the international conference "Is the Physician-Scientist Vanishing?" taking place in 

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Joy or Tears?

Prof. Bogdan Wojciszke, a top Polish social psychologist, tells us about whether Poles admire success and what factors affect how they perceive successful people

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Throw the Rotten Oranges Out!

We talk to Prof. Jacek Hołowka from the Department of Analytical Philosophy about the pros and cons of utilitarianism, John Stewart Mill’s take on politics, and forecasts for Poland’s future

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Help for Forty Million

Contemporary medicine is able to keep HIV in check: patients taking a carefully selected combination of drugs are prevented from developing AIDS. And yet the number of new infections continues to grow, with up to 40 million people living with HIV around the world. New research into pronucleotides, conducted at the PAS Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, offers hope of potential new treatments

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Heat From Deep Within

Hot dry rocks have been used in experimental and non-commercial installations for decades. These resources, locked deep within Earth’s crust, have a greater potential than the currently popular hydrogeothermal systems. Preliminary results of studies into hot rocks in Poland are promising: generating thermal and electrical energy at relatively low costs should become a reality in the coming years

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Guinea Pigs and People

Without producing original research results, we will lapse into mere imitation and relegate our country to staying on the sidelines  

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