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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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Mediating an Immunological Truce

Transplants can save lives, but only if the donor tissue is compatible with the recipient’s body. Understanding how the body identifies and rejects foreign tissue is crucial for success. The molecules responsible for this are known as major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins

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A Costly Triumph

The Earth has been home to many species of plants and animals. More than 99% of them are now extinct, though it seems all of them had at least some short period of evolutionary prosperity. How is it that we humans have enjoyed such success, rather than any of the other closely related species that occupied the same or a similar ecological niche?

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Not Only Rh!

It sometimes happens that a mother’s body reacts against certain particles present on the blood cells of the child she carries, with consequences that may be quite serious. Can such reactions be prevented?

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Our Own Tyranny

There are two forms of liberalism in Poland: a social liberalism whose main enemy is traditionalism, and a market fundamentalism, used for very conservative ends – says Prof. Andrzej Walicki

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Mad Men and Invisible Ladies

Pathetic and grotesque, or worthy of respect? Valued for their wisdom and experience, or of no use to anyone? Able to assist the young, or only hampering their development? How are older people portrayed in the Polish literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries?

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In Memory of Adrian Kin

Born on 12 February 1979, Dr. Adrian Kin, a highly gifted and versatile young geologist and paleobiologist, died exactly one year ago. Admittedly, writing in the past tense about someone who passed away so recently is never easy, especially when this concerns someone who was not only a fellow scientist but also a friend

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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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The Translator, Explained?

What is the translator’s job really all about? The various words for “translator” used in different languages can be seen as differing historical attempts to capture the essence of this mysterious profession

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A River of Curiosities

Its history began more than 10 million years ago, back in the Tertiary period. Its geographic position and structure already attracted settlers back in the middle Paleolithic. What is so special about the Odra (Oder), Poland’s number-two river? How turbulent is its story?

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The Cogs That Make Life Tick

We talk to Dr. Marcin Nowotny, the head of the Laboratory of Protein Structure at the International Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, about the role of microcrystals, his scientific dreams, and his team

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Mrożek: The Sullen Humorist

I’m convinced that Mrożek had serious trouble coming to terms with his own identity, and I think that these two traits are the flip sides of his own personality – says Prof. Jerzy Jarzębski

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The Man Who Mistook Molten Tin for an Inkwell

What would today’s world be like without telephones, MP3 players, GPS navigation, television, digital cameras, microwaves, washing machines, fridges, television decoders, game consoles, and credit cards? Fortunately we do not even have to imagine it, thanks to Jan Czochralski and his pioneering method of growing single crystals

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The Two-Hat Problem

As long as there are clear-cut borders, things might be OK. But attitudes hostile to a given group take shape as soon as it gets elevated to a higher status – argues Prof. Marcin Kula

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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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Parnassus, or the Pits?

What does Internet mean for grassroots creative endeavor?  

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Our New Battlefields

The historian should try to understand the past and interpret it in such a way that people will want to read about it. I would not propose any other mission. And certainly the historian should never have a political axe to grind – says Dr. Marcin Zaremba

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