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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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A Fungus Among Us

It is quite common in nature for two different species to form a special relationship. In such symbiosis, they both thrive without harming one other, and even frequently benefit one another. One prominent type is known as mycorrhiza, in which plant roots and fungal hyphae work together for mutual gain

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The Sixth Continent

Antarctica’s “oases” differ from the continent’s ice-covered desert in terms of their climate, rocky landscape, and the presence of numerous lakes, shallow reservoirs, and streams that appear briefly in the summer. These oases vary in age from around 5,000 to around 15,000 years old and their development is linked to the glacial retreat

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Very Useful Grasses

Cereal crops are widely regarded as the most valuable grasses. But there are also “ordinary” species that can be used as cultivars for future agricultural varieties, as well as models for molecular research into plant tolerance of low temperatures and drought. These include ryegrasses (Lolium) and fescues (Festuca)

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Thread-Spinning Hands

Accurate replication of nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) is a key process for cells. This intricate, precise job is handled by polymerases, whose specific structure allows them to build new nucleic acid strands using a single-strand matrix

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Choose Your Own Perspective

“Free-viewpoint video” technology, under development at the Poznań University of Technology, will enable viewers to watch video from varying points located on a virtual trajectory of their own selection

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An Injection of Health

We talk to Prof. Lidia Brydak, director of the Influenza Virus Research Institute and the National Influenza Centre, and Dr. Iwona Paradowska-Stankiewicz, national consultant for epidemiology, about how vaccines work and why they are so important.

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

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The Heart at Stake

Despite a significant drop in mortality rates, cardiovascular diseases remain the number-one cause of death in Poland. Funding for novel procedures, such as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), is nevertheless insufficient, compared to the scale of the problem in Poland and average implantation rates in Europe. That is one of the factors motivating the European Society of Cardiology’s a

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Geological Treasure-Hunting

Learning from textbooks? Certainly not for players of “geocaching” – i.e. several million people across the world who absorb geology-related knowledge by looking for places and objects according to clues left by others.

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Gazes at the Twinkling Stars

We established contact with “Lem” essentially right away, so we know that what we have out there is not 6 kg of orbiting junk – says Prof. Paweł Moskalik

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Honey Bees for 100 Grams of Toffee

Bees in essence use a kind of sign language to communicate. Not by using their hands, but by dancing – Prof. Jerzy Woyke tells us

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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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Hammers Are Our Specialty

Dr. Jerzy Grygorczuk, head of the Space Mechatronics and Robotics Laboratory, led the team responsible for the construction of the MUPUS penetrator. We talk to him about the Rosetta mission, uncertainty, and patience

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Ants and Their Uninvited Guests

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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