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

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„Academia” special issue 2015: A Word of Introduction

– It gives me great satisfaction to present a set of contributions to the debate that took place on 3 December 2015, at a session of the General Assembly of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the position statement adopted by the General Assembly (the highest-ranking body of the Academy). This position statement concerns the migration crisis that Europe is currently struggling with, and it repres

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Paradoxes of Emancipation

To achieve success in large corporations, women are adopting strategies which do not conform to traditional gender stereotypes

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Keeping the Brain’s Clock Ticking

Time perception is a key function of the human mind. Its disruption can lead to difficulties in many areas of our cognition, including language communication. Our research has managed to repair damaged “neural clocks” in people who have difficulties in language communication

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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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You’re Getting Warmer, You’re Getting Colder…

We discuss climate change and its potential outcomes for Poland and the world with the climatologist Prof. Mirosław Miętus – coordinator and member of projects studying global climate change

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Coaxing Copper to Tell Its Story

Finding locations where copper ore was mined in prehistoric times and learning about how metal objects were manufactured during the Bronze Age is key to answering questions about major turning points in European history. Our multidisciplinary team, including archaeologists, geologists and materials engineers, is developing a universal research strategy.

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Giant Leaps for Small Cells

Modern medicine is developing newer and newer methods of treatment, supplementing traditional medications with the latest scientific achievements. For example, sometimes special cells derived from the patient or a donor, or even created in a laboratory, can used as “medicines” in their own right

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Despite and Thanks to Differences

Prof. Dariusz Stola, Director of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, talks about Polish-Jewish relations, the importance of awareness, and the theater of history

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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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In the Beginning Was the Sentence

What is it that makes us speak the kind of language that we do? Why do some people have trouble learning to use it? Where does language come from?

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Animals Can Tell Fibs

The ability to deceive others has appeared relatively recently in the evolutionary process. Deceptive behavior is a skill possessed by sophisticated animals, and it developed independently in several different species

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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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A Self-Portrait for Posterity

Stanisław August achieved notoriety as the monarch responsible for Poland’s demise in the 18th century. Could his memoirs change this unfavorable picture?

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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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Aggression: Hot and Cold

The Ancient Greeks described many different impulsive behaviors, including mania – a religious frenzy – and lyssa – the mad fury of war. The division is analogous to that made by contemporary neurobiology, which classifies aggressive actions as cool or emotional, each driven by distinct, mutually exclusive neurological mechanisms

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