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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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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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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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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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Why Do Comets Perish?

Comets have been amazing and intriguing humanity since time immemorial. For scientists they represent precious time capsules, messengers from the earliest stages of the Solar System’s formation. How long do they live? And does a flyby close to the Sun necessarily spell their demise?

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Mrs. Bennett’s Choice

We talk to Dr. Zbigniew Szawarski, a professor emeritus from the University of Warsaw specializing in ethics in medicine, about dishonest portrayals of old age, problems with dying in dignity, and how we can shift our way of thinking about elderly people

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Cooperation Is Crucial

We talk to Dr. Ewelina Ciecierska, winner of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie award, about prize-winning nanofillers, the value of working in a group, and the presence of women in a traditionally male-dominated world

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I’ve Been Lucky With People

I visit the institute pretty much every day. I wouldn’t have it any other way – says Prof. Adam Bielanski, who will celebrate his 101th birthday this year

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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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Partnership for Success

How can we make Poland’s economy more competitive and productive? By supporting R&D projects pursued jointly by entrepreneurs and scientists and turning their findings into marketable products. This strategy can be very successful, as demonstrated by longstanding collaborative ties between the Military University of Technology and Vigo System S.A., a globally recognized manufacturer of infrare

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A Calling and a Responsibility

As a scientist, she showed a continual drive to push forward a research agenda that she had sketched out in her youth. As a citizen, she demonstrated unyielding courage in defending the values she held dear. It has now been 40 years since the death of Maria Ossowska, the precursor of moral sociology

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„Academia” special issue 2015: The refugee crisis as a crisis of attitudes

The refugee crisis in Poland is mainly a crisis of attitudes caused to a much larger degree by fear than by the rational calculation of the costs and benefits brought by the influx of refugees from the Middle East and Africa. The situation of foreign nationals as well as their attitudes and behaviors depend largely on attitudes in the host society.

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Underrated Champions

The Hemiptera order, sometimes known as the “bugs,” includes herbivorous aphids and cicadas, as well as certain predatory species of true bugs that feed on the blood of humans and domestic animals (such as bedbugs). In evolutionary terms, Hemiptera are some of the most successful insects among all present-day fauna

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Overcoming Trauma

In recent years, one in every eight Poles has been involved in a road traffic accident. In the aftermath, many are affected by symptoms described by psychologists and psychiatrists as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Psychologists study the mental wellbeing of people who have been involved in such accidents, and also provide therapies helping them resume their normal activities

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The Devil’s in the Definitions

Every scientific field is centered around a few core concepts, serving as the foundation for the formulation of basic laws and scientific theories. In biology, these include such concepts as “individual” and “species” – which may seem simple, but only deceptively so

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The Age of Stellar Islands

Galaxies are a bit like people, in that each one is different. They come in all shapes, sizes, masses and colors. Some enjoy company, others are solitary. Does this variety of shapes and properties reflect their age? Can we describe galaxies as young or old? And, like in the case of people, does their outward appearance enable us to deduce how long they have been around?

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The Translator, Explained?

What is the translator’s job really all about? The various words for “translator” used in different languages can be seen as differing historical attempts to capture the essence of this mysterious profession

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A Symphony of International Voices and Instruments in Poland

In the 17th century, when the fashion for music in the Italian style prevailed in Europe, singers and instrumentalists from Italy headed north across the Alps, invited by wealthy patrons. Some came to Poland, enriching the ensembles at the courts of kings and magnates with their talent.

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„Academia” special issue 2015: Europe – A Weary Promised Land

I would like to attempt to describe Poland’s place in the problem I have sketched out. First of all, Poland has been open to immigration for some time and it is starting to be a significant immigration country in the EU. There are no scientific grounds to claim that Polish society is xenophobic (or more xenophobic than other societies in the EU) or that it poses obstacles to the integration of imm

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