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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

Łukasz Kaniewski

Łukasz Kaniewski

is Editor of the Science section.

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Cosmic Transmissions (Summer, 2022)

Cosmic Transmissions (Summer, 2022)

Magazine / science
Our quarterly communication of news from Earth and outer space, including a novel hypothesis about the death of the universe, a letter addressed to aliens, and the first interstellar meteorite. Łukasz Kaniewski
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The Revelations of Mr Rovelli

The Revelations of Mr Rovelli
Understanding Quantum Physics

Magazine / science
In explaining quantum mechanics, the physicist Carlo Rovelli tries to combine science with the everyday experience of the world. Łukasz Kaniewski
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Let’s Swarm

Let’s Swarm
How Honeybees Find a Nest

Magazine / science
In May and June, honeybees migrate to a new nesting site. How do scout bees communicate potential sites in order for the colony to make a collective decision? Łukasz Kaniewski
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Cosmic Transmissions (Spring, 2022)

Cosmic Transmissions (Spring, 2022)

Magazine / science
Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including the James Webb Space Telescope, the sun’s Nemesis, and the longest thunderbolt ever recorded. Łukasz Kaniewski
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Cosmic Transmissions (Autumn, 2021)

Cosmic Transmissions (Autumn, 2021)

Magazine / science
Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including cosmic holograms, spraying aerosols into the atmosphere, and tardigrades on the moon. Łukasz Kaniewski
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The Voice of The Heart

The Voice of The Heart
A Remarkable Organ

Reading / science
The heart does more than just pump blood – this remarkable organ also affects our thinking, feelings, perception and identity. Łukasz Kaniewski
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The Future Is Born Through Imagination
The Whale

The Future Is Born Through Imagination
An Interview with Bart Van Peel

Magazine / culture
Bart Van Peel – from the Belgian art collective Captain Boomer – talks about how and why he brought a beached whale to the shores of Warsaw’s Vistula river. Łukasz Kaniewski
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The Planet Is A-Changing

The Planet Is A-Changing
The Earth’s Synergistic System

Magazine / science
The work of James Hutton, Edward Suess and James Lovelock suggests that living organisms work alongside inorganic matter to sustain – or destroy – life on Earth. Łukasz Kaniewski
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The Nocturnal Conversations of Neurons
healthy living

The Nocturnal Conversations of Neurons
How Humans Sleep

Magazine / science
The architecture of sleep is surprisingly complex, consisting of various cycles made up of multiple phases. Łukasz Kaniewski
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The Very First Stars

The Very First Stars
A Journey into Space-Time

Magazine / science
Our sun has been burning for 4.5 billion years, but it was not the first of its kind – those stars belong in a corner of the universe that spans 14 billion years. Łukasz Kaniewski
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What Comes After the Flood?
Mind the climate

What Comes After the Flood?
An Interview with Marcin Popkiewicz

Magazine / science
Marcin Popkiewicz, co-founder of a Polish climate science portal, talks about ecotourism, the fight against disinformation, and a possible future world. Łukasz Kaniewski
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We’re All Going to Die
short story

We’re All Going to Die

Reading / literature
A short story not only for children. Łukasz Kaniewski
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Cassandra ’72

Cassandra ’72
Were the Predictions of World3 Accurate?

Reading / science
Almost 50 years ago, the World3 computer program at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that a rapid collapse of global civilization would begin around 2040. Was it right, after all? Łukasz Kaniewski
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Slowly, Through the Nose
healthy living

Slowly, Through the Nose
The Science of Yogic Breathing

Magazine / society
The neuroscientist Andrea Zaccaro has demonstrated that slow breathing can have a calming and restorative effect on the nervous system. Łukasz Kaniewski
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The Scream Through Time

The Scream Through Time
The Problem With Labelling Nuclear Waste

Magazine / science
Nuclear power generators create radioactive waste. We can dispose of this waste underground, but how will future generations know that it’s fatally dangerous? Łukasz Kaniewski
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Jocelyn and the Stars

Jocelyn and the Stars
The Forgotten Woman Who Discovered Pulsars

Magazine / science
In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars. Seven years later, her supervisor was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for this groundbreaking discovery, but Bell’s name was nowhere to be found. We tell her story. Łukasz Kaniewski
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Plastic-Filled Herrings
Mind the climate

Plastic-Filled Herrings
Pollution in the Baltic Sea and Beyond

Magazine / science
From supermarket bags and beer cans to microplastic particles, the Baltic Sea is becoming increasingly polluted. Things look even worse elsewhere in the World Ocean. Łukasz Kaniewski
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The Fluid of Life

The Fluid of Life
A Medical History of Blood

Reading / science
Blood has long fascinated scientists keen on prolonging life and curing diseases. We explore the sanguine history of bloodletting and blood transfusions. Łukasz Kaniewski
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Where to Put the Whale
The Whale

Where to Put the Whale
A Conversation with the Captain Boomer Collective

Magazine / culture
In December 2017, the figure of a several-metres-long whale washed up on the bank of the Vistula River in Warsaw. We talk with the art collective Captain Boomer about this surprising event. Łukasz Kaniewski