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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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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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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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Is Old Age Inevitable?

Prof. Marek Konarzewski, a corresponding member of the PAS whose work deals with issues of evolutionary biology, ecology, and physiology, discusses the lives of people and animals in post-reproductive age

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Revolutionary Microbes

The shift from traditional to contemporary medicine in the early 19th century was as fundamental as it was rapid. This revolution was driven by the development of new, effective methods of fighting infections, with the French scholar Louis Pasteur leading the way

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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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Eras at Arm’s Reach

Forget idly lying about on the beach or in the garden – nowadays many of us are increasingly spending our weekends walking or jogging, taking our holidays hiking round mountains and visiting the seaside, lakelands, and forests. If you find rambling an enjoyable and thrilling pastime, why not try “geotourism” – experiencing the beauty of inanimate nature the smart way?

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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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„Academia” special edition 1/2017: “On” and “For” Four Million

For many people, the Arctic is not just a place to visit for various reasons, but actually their home. As such, polar research can study not only the importance of the Arctic and Antarctic for the world at large, but also what the world can do to help those who live and work there.

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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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Prof. Kutner: beware of fungi

2016-08-26  A whole zoo lives on our skin. In symbiosis, as long as our immune system is not overcome by a sudden crisis. Naukaonline.pl interviews the team of scientists who created a new detector of fungal infections – Prof. Włodzimierz Kutner, Dr. Maciej Cieplak, Marcin Dąbrowski, MSc. Eng., Dr. Krzysztof Noworyta, and Agnieszka Wojnarowicz, MSc. (PAS Institute of Physical Chemistry)

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„Academia” special issue 2015: The refugee crisis as a crisis of attitudes

The refugee crisis in Poland is mainly a crisis of attitudes caused to a much larger degree by fear than by the rational calculation of the costs and benefits brought by the influx of refugees from the Middle East and Africa. The situation of foreign nationals as well as their attitudes and behaviors depend largely on attitudes in the host society.

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Whispers in the Forest – 2

We talk to Prof.  Rafał Kowalczyk, Director of the PAS Mammal Research Institute in Białowieża, about how we can improve the situation of the bison population in Poland without resorting to culling.

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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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The Social Life of an Individual Ant

Termites, wasps, bees, certain aphids, thrips, beetles… and of course ants. Some species of the rich and diverse world of insects, rather than living alone, have instead developed communities of various kinds. But should a group of such eusocial insects, ranging in size from a few hundreds to many millions of individuals, still be considered a set of distinct individuals, or rather a kind of super

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