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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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Differences Are Inevitable

“We can see that all the recent predictions of a better future for the world are largely misguided. It is no longer certain even that the Cold War is definitively a thing of the past,” says Jerzy Szacki, a historian of ideas and sociologist, a professor emeritus of the University of Warsaw, and an ordinary member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

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When the ground stirs

Extraction of natural resources such as shale gas can disrupt the internal structure of rock, leading to the release of vast amounts of energy in the form of earthquakes. Is the risk of such human-induced quakes high in Poland? Scientists from the PAS Institute of Geophysics are trying to find the answer.

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The Science Behind the Scientist’s Job

Prof. Roman Cieślak from the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities talks about the emotional challenges of pursuing a career in science.

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A Self-Portrait for Posterity

Stanisław August achieved notoriety as the monarch responsible for Poland’s demise in the 18th century. Could his memoirs change this unfavorable picture?

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„Academia” special edition 1/2017: The View From the South

Asst. Prof. Robert Bialik, head  of the Department of Antarctic Biology  at the PAS Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics,  talks about the Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station on King George Island

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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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Setting Good Examples

Fighting is not something that serves either a language or its users well. If we set good examples, there will be no battles to be fought – says Prof. Andrzej Markowski

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So Close, Yet Still So Far

Over the last 20 years, Polish society’s attitude towards people with disabilities has changed for the better. However, we still have not completely rid ourselves of prejudices, fears, and stereotypes.

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Silent Suffering in the Lab

I believe I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. To know that the results are profitable to the race would not remove my hostility to it. The pains which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity towards it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further. Mark Twain

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Ways of Tallying Up Votes

What kind of electoral system is the best? This question, easy to formulate in theory, has considerable practical significance. However, the answer is as widely known as it is disappointing: it has been shown that, given certain reasonable conditions, there is no such thing as a perfect voting system. This is the upshot of several different mathematical discoveries made in the latter half of the 2

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Similarities in Differences

Individual differences among humans are a well-known and well-studied phenomenon. Do they also occur in animals?

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Our New Battlefields

The historian should try to understand the past and interpret it in such a way that people will want to read about it. I would not propose any other mission. And certainly the historian should never have a political axe to grind – says Dr. Marcin Zaremba

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Quasars and Dark Energy

The discovery that the Universe is expanding faster than we previously thought is one of the most fundamental findings in cosmology of recent years, but we are still some way from understanding precisely how this expansion occurs. Our team from the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre and the Jagiellonian University is using quasars to try to unravel the mystery

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Mediating an Immunological Truce

Transplants can save lives, but only if the donor tissue is compatible with the recipient’s body. Understanding how the body identifies and rejects foreign tissue is crucial for success. The molecules responsible for this are known as major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins

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