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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!

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The Power of Decay

The Power of Decay
How to Compost

Magazine / science
Sooner or later, all organic matter will decompose. Luckily enough, from death and decay comes new life, in the form of compost – which can be made from our own bodies, too. Monika Kucia
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An Archaeologist and a Citizen

An Archaeologist and a Citizen
An Interview with Leila Papoli-Yazdi

Reading / science
Iranian archaeologist and academic Leila Papoli-Yazdi talks about being a female archaeologist in Iran, the history of Polish refugees in Persia, and learning about taboo sexualities by excavating ruins. Aleksandra Lipczak
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A Holiday Attraction

A Holiday Attraction
Zombification in Haiti

Magazine / science
In Haiti, belief in the black magic voodoo has led to cases of people apparently becoming zombies. In fact, during a holiday stay on the island state, one of our authors might have been victim to zombification himself... Adam Węgłowski

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29th March 1857

29th March 1857
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1857, a young Indian soldier in an infantry regiment of the British East India Company decided to take a stand against his British masters. His actions kickstarted a major rebellion. Adam Węgłowski
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Oh Silence, Oh Deathly Silent Uproar!*

Oh Silence, Oh Deathly Silent Uproar!*
Silence in Antiquity

Magazine / science
Noise is all around us. So it has been, ever since we swapped our hunter-gatherer lifestyle for city-living – which is where the ancients’ complicated relationship with silence began… Paweł Janiszewski
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Following the Example of Nature

Following the Example of Nature
Six Inventions Inspired by the Natural World

Magazine / science
Sometimes, nature is simply ahead of us humans. We present six scientific developments that take their cue from plants and animals. prof. Paweł Kafarski

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Between Eye and Hand

Between Eye and Hand
How Your Brain Works

Magazine / science
What are decisions, emotions and thoughts, from the perspective of neuroscience? An expert in this (grey) matter takes us on a journey through the brain. Paweł Boguszewski
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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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The Dream Time

The Dream Time
An Alternative Somnological History

Magazine / science
We present you with an alternative history of the world, in which humans join hibernating animals with a deep sleep through the winter months. Adam Węgłowski
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Everything Is Snow

Everything Is Snow
A Game of Astrophysics and Abstraction

Magazine / science
With a head full of astrophysics and the help of a certain method called ‘abstraction’, it’s possible to suggest that everything – including you, Dear Reader – is snow. Łukasz Lamża

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Take Your Brain for a Walk

Take Your Brain for a Walk
How to Have a Happy Head

Magazine / science
The human brain is a remarkable feat of natural engineering, capable of controlling our actions and emotions; responsible for our wildest creations. All of which also means that we should do our best to take proper care of it. Magdalena Salik
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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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In the Clouds as in Beehives

In the Clouds as in Beehives
How Snowflakes Are Formed

Magazine / science
When, in the winter months, we see snowflakes fall from the sky, their patterns look so intricately delicate. What exactly is the secret to their hexagonal form? Tomasz Sitarz
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6th February 1936

6th February 1936
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1936, the Olympic flame burned from up high, announcing the start of the Winter Olympics hosted by… the Third Reich. The games were a propaganda coup for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Adam Węgłowski

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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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31st January 1863

31st January 1863
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1863, a certain French author published his first novel, about three Brits taking a balloon trip over Africa. Jules Verne’s debut was a hit, and guaranteed his legacy. Adam Węgłowski

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The World’s Oldest Doctor
healthy living

The World’s Oldest Doctor
The Power of the Placebo Effect

Magazine / science
The efficacy of medical treatments can be influenced by many factors. Our correspondent details the success of the placebo effect, and the importance of double-blinding. January Weiner
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The St. Nicholas Code

The St. Nicholas Code
The Mysterious Origins of Santa Claus

Magazine / science
It’s easy enough to recognize who Santa Claus is, but his namesake’s story is not quite so simple. In fact, it’s possible that St. Nicholas never even existed… Adam Węgłowski

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5th December 1952

5th December 1952
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1952, just over a decade after the wartime Blitz, death from above hit the streets of London again. Smog was everywhere, blinding pedestrians and even creeping into cinema screens. Adam Węgłowski
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The Spruces of the Krukawe Woods

The Spruces of the Krukawe Woods
New Life in the Białowieża Forest

Reading / science
In the primeval Białowieża Forest, a small spruce is growing. But unlike the oak trees that surround it, this spruce is growing above the ground… Michał Książek