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Poles at the Poles
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07 Jun 2017

The Magazine of the PAS – special edition 1/3/2017 The polar regions are extraordinary, magical places. They are cold, windy, inaccessible, ice-clad for most of the year, and yet still teeming with life. What is it about them that attracts so many enthusiasts, scientists, and people willing to spend months there? 100 years of Polish polar research, described by: Prof. Piotr Głowacki, Asst. Prof. Robert Bialik, Prof. Jacek Jania, Agnieszka Kruszewska, MS, Asst. Prof. Agnieszka Skorupa, Asst. Prof. Michał Łuszczuk, Dagmara Bożek-Andryszczak, MA, Piotr Andryszczak, ME.

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„Academia” special edition 1/2017: The View From the North
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02 Jun 2017

We learn about the Polish Polar Station in Hornsund on Spitsbergen from Prof. Piotr Głowacki, who headed the PAS Institute of Geophysics’ Department of Polar Research for 15 years.

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

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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„Academia” special edition 1/2017: Prestige from Pole to Pole
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02 Jun 2017

Why do we study the polar regions of the Earth? For the same reason a mountaineer climbs mountains: “Because they are there!” And in addition, they are of great importance to the entire planet and to our country.

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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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Green Aid for a Hungry World

One of the main challenges faced by contemporary science is keeping up with population growth and humankind’s rapidly increasing demand for food

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In the Beginning There Was Water

Water and fire are thought of as extreme opposites. So what does water have in common with the great fireballs known as stars? Data from the Herschel Space Observatory indicate that young stars are where water molecules are formed.

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„Academia” special edition 1/2017: Strategic thinking

The successful integration of the polar research community in Poland – through collaboration between  the PAS Committee on Polar Research, the Polish Polar Consortium and the Polar Studies Centre – has led  to the development of a Polish Polar Research Strategy, setting forth a set of directions for the future.

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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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Progeny Above All

Gender inequality is not a unique trait of our species. It turns out to be quite a widespread phenomenon in the animal kingdom, and can be attributed to differing amounts of resources invested in reproduction. What kinds of strategies are adopted by each side of this conflict? And whose interests will ultimately turn out to be less important?

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Gold Against Bacteria

According to the most recent report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, one in eighteen patients in European hospitals has experienced at least one illness as a result of infection while receiving treatment. That’s a total of 3.2 million of people per year. The pathogens are usually bacteria picked up from surgical tools and hospital equipment. At the PAS Institute of Phys

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When the Brain is on the Line

Prof. Anna Członkowska from the 2nd Department of Neurology at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, discusses the definition of a stroke, new ways to help post-stroke patients recover, and reasons why time is of the essence.

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A Game of Colors

We talk to Dr. Mikołaj Kunicki, an Oxford historian specializing in twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe, about the past and present of Polish nationalism.

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Safe Energy

The energy sector is about more than just the electric power in our wall sockets and keeping our homes warm. It is the foundation on which the economy rests, and also a crucial part of the way we affect the environment. To better protect the natural environment, we need, for instance, to develop active catalysts that can change harmful chemical compounds into neutral, or even useful ones

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Poland’s Door Only Slightly Ajar

Most Poles declare that we should take in labor immigrants, regardless of whether they are ethnically and culturally similar to us. But how do these declarations translate into practice?

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Freedom of Choice

Making an informed decision to have a severely disabled child is a beautiful choice many people will regard as heroic. But we mustn’t demand heroism from everyone – Prof. Jacek Zaremba points out

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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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„Academia” special edition 1 2016: Speaking in the Language of Risk

The right to freedom and the ethics of preventive vaccinations

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Monitoring the Mountains

Active landslides are a significant problem in today’s world, especially in highly urbanized mountain regions. We are now able to monitor changes to the existing landform using increasingly sensitive technologies. Our joint team of scientists from Poland and China is working on implementing state-of-the-art technologies for monitoring landform deformation, which will be used to assess future threa

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Storks, Locusts, and Nero’s Spies

Archeologists from Poland have discovered the largest known royal palace of the ancient kingdom of Kush in North Sudan. Aside from their intuitions, the researchers were helped by a device called a fluxgate magnetometer

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