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„Academia” special edition 1 2016: Vaccination
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03 Aug 2016

A Word of Introduction On 16 June 2016, the General Assembly of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) – the most authoritative group of scientists in Poland, consisting of members of the Academy itself, the directors of the PAS institutes, and the chairmen of the PAS scientific committees – unanimously adopted a position statement on the issue of protective vaccination...

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Chill Against Overweight, or What We Owe to Mice
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03 Aug 2016

2016-08-01 New evidence has been found that reducing ambient temperature may contribute to body weight reduction. Staying in chilly environment alters intestinal bacterial flora in a way which might help fighting overweight. This is the conclusion of experiments on mice carried out by PAS Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research together with a Swedish research partner. 

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„Academia”: Cooperation
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03 Aug 2016

Conundrums of Cooperation  Do Poles like to cooperate? Well, psychological research would indicate not. We are distrustful towards everyone, perhaps apart from our own families. Poles are great individualists, we are told. This attitude is present in plenty of adages in the Polish language, for instance, urging us to mind our own business and rely only on ourselves. Another interesting indicator is the small degree to which Poles, as compared to other nations, get involved with nongovernmental organizations (a topic discussed in Academia issue 1/2010)... 

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Dr. Alicja Wierzcholska’s blazars
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09 Aug 2016

2016-08-09 Blazars are active galaxies centered around supermassive black holes. They generate strong electromagnetic radiation in a very wide spectrum – from visible light to radio, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray, and gamma radiation. All those kinds of radiation are studied by Dr. Alicja Wierzcholska (PAS Institute of Nuclear Physics), winner of START competition organized by the Foundation for Polish Science.

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Tapping Deep into Public Emotions

On the one hand, shale gas extraction has been portrayed as the future of Poland’s energy sector, and on the other, as an undertaking potentially harmful to the natural environment that might spark public protests. Why are opinions on this issue so widely disparate?

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Lego-Style Configurations

Prof. Paweł Golik talks about reading and interpreting genomes. He studies the role of nuclear encoding of proteins involved in RNA metabolism in mitochondria, and using yeast genomes in the modelling of human disorders in which nuclear control of mitochondrial genome expression is disrupted

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Cracking Codes & Talking With Cards

Each cipher in which the key is shorter than the message being sent can be broken, as long as you have sufficient computing power. The only question is how efficiently that can be done. If breaking a certain cipher requires all computers that exist today to operate for a millennium, we can describe that cipher as quite secure - says Stefan Dziembowski.

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Prof. Kaczmarek and Prof. Dziembowski won TEAM competition

2016-08-18 Prof. Leszek Kaczmarek (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the PAS) and Prof. Andrzej Dziembowski (PAS Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics) are among 9 research leaders to have won the first competition in TEAM program run by the Foundation for Polish Science, offering support to teams engaging in ground-breaking research.

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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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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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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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Science Here and There

In Poland, a scientist can be outstanding or lackluster – everyone earns the same. In America, the market decides.

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The Devil’s in the Definitions

Every scientific field is centered around a few core concepts, serving as the foundation for the formulation of basic laws and scientific theories. In biology, these include such concepts as “individual” and “species” – which may seem simple, but only deceptively so

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Mrs. Bennett’s Choice

We talk to Dr. Zbigniew Szawarski, a professor emeritus from the University of Warsaw specializing in ethics in medicine, about dishonest portrayals of old age, problems with dying in dignity, and how we can shift our way of thinking about elderly people

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A Calling and a Responsibility

As a scientist, she showed a continual drive to push forward a research agenda that she had sketched out in her youth. As a citizen, she demonstrated unyielding courage in defending the values she held dear. It has now been 40 years since the death of Maria Ossowska, the precursor of moral sociology

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Joy or Tears?

Prof. Bogdan Wojciszke, a top Polish social psychologist, tells us about whether Poles admire success and what factors affect how they perceive successful people

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Eighteenth-Century Peregrinations

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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Parnassus, or the Pits?

What does Internet mean for grassroots creative endeavor?  

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Profanity and Infantility

The Polish language is growing increasingly vulgar, and at the same time more and more childish  

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60 Years of World-Class Physics

This year’s 60th anniversary of the PAS Institute of Physics offers an excellent opportunity to reflect on its accomplishments and attempt to define its role in the future

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