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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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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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„Academia” special edition 1 2016: Influenza – A Master of Metamorphosis

“The influenza virus behaves just as it seems to have done for five hundred or a thousand years, and we are no more capable of stopping epidemics or pandemics than our ancestors were,” wrote Charles Cockburn from the World Health Organization back in 1973. Is his remark still just as apt today?

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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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Cosmic Cleanup

In the movie “Gravity,” fragments of an old, disused satellite crash into a space station. The collision results in the formation of a high volume of debris, which in turn damages more satellites, causing the breakdown of GPS and the Internet, putting our planet on the brink of chaos. Although this is merely a science fiction blockbuster, the situation it depicts could easily occur in Earth’s orbi

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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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Ice From Dust

Antarctica is home to numerous relatively young volcanoes from the Cenozoic era. According to one hypothesis, their activity was one of the factors driving the continent’s glaciation.

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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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Secrets of the Red Planet

During the last decade of humankind’s exploration of Mars, a succession of American and European missions have sent back vast volumes of data about the planet’s surface and atmosphere. And yet many questions remain unanswered. This has provided the incentive to design an innovative mobile platform, called the Highland Terrain Hopper, being developed jointly by planetary geologists and engineers

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When the Whole Earth Mourns

I’m afraid this is the case for folk Passiontide songs, although I have a lot of trust in the younger generations – I believe they must surely notice the beauty and power of folk culture and belief – says Jacek Jackowski

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„Academia” special issue 2015: Newcomers to the National Home

”Nationalist ideologies, depicting their countries as being nation-states, frequently fail to consider the quite numerous “admixtures” that occurred during the course of long-ongoing migrations. Ideologies touting the notion of “racial purity” or raising such slogans as “Poland for the Poles,” “a true Poland of true Poles,” etc. are senseless, not only because of their wickedness but in terms of t

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Let’s Start With the Heart

We talk with Prof. Witold Rużyłło, MD, PhD, a pioneer of advanced cardiological techiques in Poland, about ongoing progress in interventional cardiology, creating a system for early identification of those at risk of heart disease, and the role of prevention

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

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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Underrated Champions

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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