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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

Mikołaj Golachowski

is a polar explorer with a PhD in natural sciences, who spends four months every year in Antarctica and in the Arctic. Mikołaj writes about nature for both children and adults. His latest books are “Czochralem antarktycznego słonia” [I’ve Ruffled an Antarctic Elephant] (Marginesy, 2016) and “Gęby, dzioby i nochale” [Gobs, Beaks and Schnozzes] (Babaryba, 2016).

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Fledging Pains

Fledging Pains
The Truth About Animal Youth

Magazine / science
Just like among humans, parenting exists in the animal kingdom, too. Whether it constitutes purposeful teaching is still under debate. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Made for Walking?

Made for Walking?
The Evolution of Limbs

Magazine / science
The story of land vertebrates begins around 400 million years ago. But was the evolution of fins and then legs really such a great idea? Mikołaj Golachowski
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The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees
Sex in the Natural World

Reading / science
Orgies, love triangles, necrophilia – nature’s amorous repertoire is just a debauched as that of humans, and in some cases even more so. Mikołaj Golachowski
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We Could All Use an Octopus Teacher

Reading / science
In light of Netflix’s “My Octopus Teacher” winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, a biologist writes about just how clever cephalopods really are.
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Baby Beasts

Baby Beasts
Reproduction in the Animal World

Magazine / science
From post-natal death to hatching out of a mother’s back, the modes of reproduction in the animal world are far more varied than that of humans. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Little Things That Matter

Little Things That Matter
The Weird and Wonderful World of Plankton

Magazine / science
Plankton usually take on tiny forms and exist in beautiful variety. They are also a key part of the ocean’s ecology – and are under threat from the climate crisis. Mikołaj Golachowski
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My Gaia

My Gaia
Our Mother Earth

Magazine / science
The Earth – which is undisputedly round – has been subjected to some bizarre theories across history. What is also certain, is that we need to act now to save it. Mikołaj Golachowski
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What Holds Us Here

What Holds Us Here
How Gravity Governs Life on Earth

Magazine / science
Gravity doesn’t only dictate the trajectory of inanimate objects – without it, it would be impossible for human, animal and plant life to exist. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Good Job, Mr Beaver

Good Job, Mr Beaver
In Praise of a Glorious Rodent

Magazine / science
Beavers are remarkable creatures. Not only are their unique teeth a beautiful feat of nature, but they also play an important ecological role. Mikołaj Golachowski
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All Alone at the End of the World

All Alone at the End of the World
Isolation on a Polar Station

Reading / science
For those scientists and technical staff who work on the Antarctic – 1000 kilometres from the nearest shop and with challenging weather conditions – isolation at their research stations can be a testing experience. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Nature’s Coronation

Nature’s Coronation
A Pandemic-Induced Respite

Reading / science
As humans disperse from urban areas as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, wildlife is returning to our cities. But to what extent is this true? And for whom is it beneficial? Mikołaj Golachowski
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The Reluctant Mr. Darwin and His Dangerous Idea

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin and His Dangerous Idea
On the Origin of the Theory

Magazine / science
Alongside Nicolaus Copernicus, Charles Darwin is one of the few people whose ideas changed the world forever. But how exactly did he develop is theory of evolution? Mikołaj Golachowski
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To Be a Dolphin

To Be a Dolphin
In Praise of a Most Intelligent Mammal

Magazine / science
Dolphins are, by all accounts, awe-inspiring creatures. Perhaps they are even more intelligent than us human beings… Mikołaj Golachowski
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Antarctica, My Love

Antarctica, My Love
An Ode to the ‘Unknown Continent’

Magazine / science
Heaven is a place on Earth – it’s known as Antarctica, the freezing southern-most land where curiosity, cooperation and good will is in abundance between humans and animals. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Domesticated by Cats

Domesticated by Cats
In Praise of Felines

Magazine / society
After a long day at work, there’s nothing like stroking our furriest of friends for a spot of relaxation. And they’re well aware of it – domestic cats have evolved in a way that benefits us both. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Brainy Cephalopods

Brainy Cephalopods

Magazine / science
Squids and octopuses are intelligent creatures with an unearthly beauty, as illustrated perfectly by the paintings of Ernst Haeckel. Mikołaj Golachowski
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The Cetacean, or There and Back Again

The Cetacean, or There and Back Again
From Pakicetus to Orcas

Magazine / science
Marine mammals, such as dolphins and whales, are adapted to aquatic environments. Our correspondent traces their journey from land to water, starting 49 million years ago. Mikołaj Golachowski
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A Flip-Flop on Spitsbergen
Mind the climate

A Flip-Flop on Spitsbergen
The Future of the Barents Sea

Magazine / science
One of the world’s greatest ecosystems is dying before our eyes due to global warming. Our polar correspondent recounts the tragedy of the Barents Sea. Mikołaj Golachowski
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How Do I Live Without You?

How Do I Live Without You?
The Surprising Connections Between Species

Magazine / science
Wolves, bacteria, whales, clovers, elderly ladies… All organisms are intimately connected, and we can prove it scientifically. Mikołaj Golachowski
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The Beauty of Improvisation

The Beauty of Improvisation
Accidents in Evolution

Reading / science
We tend to think of evolution as a progressive chain of perfection. In fact, the beauty of evolution lies in its accidents and improvisations. Mikołaj Golachowski
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The Polar Bear and the Penguin

The Polar Bear and the Penguin
A Tale of Two Hemispheres

Magazine / science
Penguins and polar bears, in spite of their shared tolerance for cold climates, couldn’t live further apart. In fact, there are many differences between the fauna of the Arctic and Antarctic. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Chatty Nature

Chatty Nature
Communication in the Animal World

Magazine / science
From mewing to singing and imitating human speech, the animal world is home to all sorts of communication methods. But can we really refer to this as language? Mikołaj Golachowski