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„Academia” special edition 1 2016: Vaccination
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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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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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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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Getting to the Bottom of “Discourse”

The term “discourse,” nowadays elevated to the status of a buzzword, appears in many different contexts in public life and conveys varying meanings. But this process may turn it into a meaningless phrase (or may have already done so). So what is discourse analysis all about?

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Chill Against Overweight, or What We Owe to Mice

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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The Ordinariness of Genocide

The discipline of genocide studies is highly complex, touching on almost all aspects of social life. As such, it faces numerous barriers and demands an interdisciplinary approach

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The Metamorphic Earth

Metamorphic processes – one of the key geological parameters responsible for shaping our planet – can be classified into varying types, each of them delimited by its own set of boundary conditions

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Flowers of Beauty and Passion

Species belonging to the genus Passiflora have beautiful exotic flowers and edible fruit, appreciated for their intriguing taste. Although they grow and bloom best in tropical climates, they can also adapt to Polish weather conditions. Steeped in symbolism, the flowers’ name evokes a certain sadness but their beauty is a true feast for the eyes

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Permafrost in Poland?

The permafrost that was discovered beneath the northeastern Polish village of Udryń in 2010 is a relict of the climatic conditions that prevailed across a sizeable share of the northern hemisphere back in the Pleistocene. The permafrost was then probably quite thick, which is why we can now detect remnants of it deep within the Earth (357 meters below ground). But how has it managed to survive to

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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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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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About Poland, in English

We talk with the British historian Dr. Natalia Nowakowska about winning a 1.5 million euro ERC grant for the project “The Jagiellonians: Dynasty, Identity and Memory in Central Europe” and about why the Jagiellonians may be interesting to British students?

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The Wizard of Faras

Dr. Stefan Jakobielski, a Nubiologist, relates the story of eminent Polish archeologist Prof. Kazimierz Michałowski and the successful mission to Faras in Sudan

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The Gypsy Dream

The ways the Romani have been depicted in European literature are projections of various fears, phobias, and prejudices against strangers, while at the same time expressing yearnings for the idealistic side of life – freedom, happiness, and disregard for borders

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An Accidental Discoverer

For must there not be some extraordinary circumstances to exalt the name of a professor from the history of Science to the general history of the human race? Honoré de Balzac

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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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„Academia” special edition 1 2016: Fear, Rejection, and Conspiracy Theoriesedition

The sad story of the anti-vaccination movement: facts and myths about vaccinations

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Despite and Thanks to Differences

Prof. Dariusz Stola, Director of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, talks about Polish-Jewish relations, the importance of awareness, and the theater of history

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