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Alongside numerous archaeological discoveries, the 18th century brought an upsurge of interest in the age of Antiquity across Europe. Young Polish nobles embarked on Grand Tours "to gather knowledge and experience", the more adventurous ones blazing previously unfamiliar trails

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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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Avoiding Pirate Pugg’s Fate

“…and he cried out in a mighty voice that he’d had enough, but Information so swathed and swaddled him in its three thousand tangled paper miles, that he couldn’t move and had to read on…” From Polish science-fiction author Stanisław Lem’s “The Sixth Sally, or How Trurl and Klapaucius Created a Demon of the Second Kind to Defeat the Pirate Pugg” 

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Cultures and Languages in Contact

The language dates back to the Aztec empire, and it is still in use today: studying Nahuatl allows us to reconstruct its ongoing evolution, as well as other elements of native American culture

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Blue LEDs: A Race With the Japanese

What’s even more important than our scientific achievements is that the applications of our research and the experiences gained by the companies Ammono and TopGaN are increasingly likely to be widely implemented in the Polish economy – says Prof. Sylwester Porowski

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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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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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Time Passing in the Dark

When we journey into the mysterious subterranean world of caves as tourists, we usually admire the amazing variety of shapes and colors and listen to legends told by guides. Rarely, however, do we ask ourselves how old such caves really are, how quickly they were formed, how they continue to develop, or how they grow old

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ELF Monitoring Goes Global

Mapping storm activity across the globe at time scales ranging from minutes to years is an important element of measuring and forecasting climate change. The WERA system is being used to verify models of the influence of various types of solar activity on the lower layers of the ionosphere. We hope that one day it can also be used on Mars.

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With the Fury of a Shoemaker?

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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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The Art of Entanglement

Quantum theory was discovered in 1925 independently by Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger. The discovery was the culmination of 25 years of intensive research. Today, its interpretation remains as controversial as it is inspirational

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How Good is Good?

On 30 September 2013, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced the results of the latest evaluation of Poland’s scientific institutions. A new categorization method, aiming to build on past experiences, has been used

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Einstein’s Needle In a Haystack

No one could have expected that on the first day that LIGO detectors were running, scientists would register signals of gravitational waves. We discuss the watershed discovery confirming the general theory of relativity with Dr. Andrzej Królak from the PAS Institute of Mathematics and Dr. Michał Bejger from the PAS Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre, both members of the Virgo-POLGRAW group.

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When one observes an ant colony, it probably seems like an efficient and harmonious community devoid of quarrels and conflicts. Nothing could be further from the truth. The world of ants, it turns out, is full of animosities. For example, there is friction between the queen and the workers over the gender of the offspring, or among workers themselves about laying unfertilized eggs. There are also

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