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We talk to Roman Topór-Mądry, MD, chairman of the PAS Committee on Public health, and Tomasz Zdrojewski, MD, from the Jagiellonian University’s Public Health Institute, coauthors of the first Report on Diabetes in Poland, about counting the number of diabetics and data-gathering techniques.

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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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Silent Suffering in the Lab

I believe I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. To know that the results are profitable to the race would not remove my hostility to it. The pains which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity towards it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further. Mark Twain

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Hunting for the Highest Energies

In the early 21st century, modern ground-based very-high-energy gamma-ray observatories have ushered in a new era of astronomy. The number of known gamma-ray sources increased from the handful detected prior to 2002 to more than 150 a decade later. Using three types of telescopes – small, medium, and large-sized – the CTA array will observe many new objects and phenomena. One of these instruments

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„Academia” special edition 1 2016: Fear, Rejection, and Conspiracy Theoriesedition

The sad story of the anti-vaccination movement: facts and myths about vaccinations

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Hammers Are Our Specialty

Dr. Jerzy Grygorczuk, head of the Space Mechatronics and Robotics Laboratory, led the team responsible for the construction of the MUPUS penetrator. We talk to him about the Rosetta mission, uncertainty, and patience

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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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The Myth of “Natural” Behavior

We are our own species, and what we do is natural and we should not have to make excuses for it – Dr. Maria Pawłowska points out

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Throw the Rotten Oranges Out!

We talk to Prof. Jacek Hołowka from the Department of Analytical Philosophy about the pros and cons of utilitarianism, John Stewart Mill’s take on politics, and forecasts for Poland’s future

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Gregarious Gulls

Almost 13% of all bird species, and 95% of those living in marine environments, nest in colonies. They exhibit many types of social behavior which can be interpreted as collaboration

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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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Ways of Tallying Up Votes

What kind of electoral system is the best? This question, easy to formulate in theory, has considerable practical significance. However, the answer is as widely known as it is disappointing: it has been shown that, given certain reasonable conditions, there is no such thing as a perfect voting system. This is the upshot of several different mathematical discoveries made in the latter half of the 2

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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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Fortunate Coincidences

The experimental pharmacologist Prof. Stanisław Jerzy Czuczwar, Vice President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, tells us about how he got into medical research, about the search for new epilepsy treatments, and how pharmaceuticals are in a way akin to cell phone towers.

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Ancient Rivers of Ice

Were there glaciers in the Tatras? If so, what did the mountains look like back in the Ice Age? Perhaps similar to the Alps? To journey more than 20,000 years back in time and find answers to these questions, we have created the first 3D paleogeographic map of the Tatras.

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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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Quasars and Dark Energy

The discovery that the Universe is expanding faster than we previously thought is one of the most fundamental findings in cosmology of recent years, but we are still some way from understanding precisely how this expansion occurs. Our team from the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre and the Jagiellonian University is using quasars to try to unravel the mystery

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