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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!

Szymon Drobniak

is an evolutionary biologist, researcher on colour, ornithologist, illustrator and author. A passionate fan of diagrams, cross-sections and pea soup. In his spare time, he collects roots (not the mathematical kind).

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Full of Light

Full of Light
An Elusive Color

Magazine / science
White is a reflection of all the colors of the rainbow. This is probably why it is so difficult to find it in a perfect, unblemished form. Szymon Drobniak
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Orange Planet

Orange Planet
A Surprisingly Ubiquitous Color

Magazine / science
Positioned between red and yellow, this fiery hue is often hidden in plain sight—be it in the paint decorating the Golden Gate Bridge or on the leaves of most plants. Szymon Drobniak
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The Chemistry of Tea

The Chemistry of Tea
How the Beverage Is Produced

Magazine / society
Behind the seemingly simple cup of tea—one of the world’s most popular infusions—lies a plethora of complex biochemical processes. Szymon Drobniak
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For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only
The Physics of Rainbows

Magazine / science
The multicolored arches that appear in the sky are optical rather than physical phenomena—and as such are unique to the eyes of each viewer. Szymon Drobniak
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The Chemistry of Blue

The Chemistry of Blue
How Plants and Animals Produce the Color

Magazine / society
It may feel like a ubiquitous presence in the sky and sea, yet the cerulean shade is surprisingly rare—and difficult to produce—among living organisms. Szymon Drobniak
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The Mystery of the Eider

The Mystery of the Eider
An Argument for a Humanist Science

Magazine / science
Contemporary research papers are often stripped of emotion, but they needn’t be—as the joy of investigating colorful duck feathers shows. Szymon Drobniak
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The Radiance (and Gloom) of Yellow

The Radiance (and Gloom) of Yellow
The Truth Behind Indian Yellow

Magazine / society
The colour yellow glimmers in the art of Giotto and Van Gogh, among others. Yet there is a more sinister story behind the pigment the painters used. Szymon Drobniak
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In-gene-ious Solutions

In-gene-ious Solutions
The Biological Codes of Nature

Magazine / science
In the natural world, biological codes play an important evolutionary role in ensuring that animals communicate honestly – and continue to survive. Szymon Drobniak
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Jungle Liars

Jungle Liars
On Mimicry in Nature

Magazine / science
The natural world is full of examples of mimicry, whereby animals adapt or change their appearance in order to deceive nearby threats. Szymon Drobniak
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The Quack

The Quack
Nature’s Miracle Cures

Magazine / science
Zoopharmacognosy—the self-medicating behavior of birds and other animals—can teach us humans a lot about how to live in tandem with the natural world. Szymon Drobniak
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Trees Die Twice

Trees Die Twice
On the Death of Plant Life

Magazine / science
Trees not only live much longer than humans and other animals – they also die differently, piece-by-piece, in a carefully-planned process. Szymon Drobniak
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The Beauty Factory

The Beauty Factory
The Aesthetics of Nature

Magazine / science
Nature’s colours and mathematical structures are fascinating. Why do the works of nature delight us so much? Szymon Drobniak
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To Know Beautifully

To Know Beautifully
Where Art and Science Meet

Magazine / science
Art and science might seem unconnected and dissimilar, yet the combination of these two disciplines is as wonderful as it is surprising. Szymon Drobniak
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Parallel Rainbows

Parallel Rainbows
On Colour (and Its Limits)

Magazine / science
Human visual perception blesses us with only a glimpse of the light spectrum – for many animals, the colour world is a true sight to behold. Szymon Drobniak
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On Silver Film

On Silver Film
In Praise of Analogue Photography

Magazine / society
The act of taking an analogue photograph is the culmination of science, magic and technology – truly a moment to treasure. Szymon Drobniak
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The Unbearable Fluidity of Being

The Unbearable Fluidity of Being
A Wet Trip to the Forest

Magazine / science
A trip to the forest gives us the chance to reflect on nature – in all its wet, blooming, perfumed springtime glory. Szymon Drobniak
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From the Stars to Our Lungs

From the Stars to Our Lungs
The Great Atomic Cycle

Magazine / science
Every breath we take is comprised of recycled atoms, first released by stars and then used by countless other humans and animals. Szymon Drobniak
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Hues of Our Own

Hues of Our Own
How We Perceive Colour

Magazine / science
A biologist explains how we perceive colour – and how those perceptions can be unique to each of us. Szymon Drobniak
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Radiate and Drink

Radiate and Drink
Nature’s Heat Survival Strategies

Magazine / science
On hot summer days, we might hide inside the cool confines of our house. For many flora and fauna, such a luxury is impossible – they have their own biological techniques. Szymon Drobniak
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Dog or Demon?

Dog or Demon?
The Grinning Devil

Magazine / science
Known for it’s bright white smile, the Tasmanian devil is one of the weird but wonderful marsupials that inhabits the Australian continent. Szymon Drobniak