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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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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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Secrets of Nature (Summer 2019)
The Copse

Secrets of Nature (Summer 2019)

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Our resident ethnobiologist explores the secrets and treasures of Poland’s meadows and forests, including saskatoon, lindenflower, and Himalayan balsam. Łukasz Łuczaj
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Annihilation from Underground

Annihilation from Underground
How Volcanoes Have Changed the World

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In the age of the Anthropocene, it seems increasingly likely that human activities will damage the climate beyond repair. But nature still holds power. With the click of a finger, the eruption of a supervolcano could sharply end existence as we know it. Andrzej Krajewski

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Everybody Burns

Everybody Burns
The Creative Chaos of Combustion

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Right now, there are over 10,000 active fires worldwide. In fact, you, Dear Reader, are burning too, and it might not be such a bad thing... Łukasz Lamża
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The Cetacean, or There and Back Again

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

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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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Reaching Out to the Stars

Reaching Out to the Stars
The Life of Maria Mitchell

Reading / science
In 1847, Maria Mitchell became the first American woman astronomer to discover a comet. Alongside her love for the stars, she was a passionate campaigner for gender equality in the sciences. Julia Fiedorczuk

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As Stubborn as a Brain

As Stubborn as a Brain
The Fallibility of Human Reasoning

Reading / science
We take our memory, free will and rational thinking for granted, but perhaps this is simply just another cognitive bias of the human mind? Miłada Jędrysik
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All the Dark We Cannot See

All the Dark We Cannot See
The Disruptive Effects of Light Pollution

Reading / science
Excess light disturbs the functioning of not only humans, but also animals and plants. In order to live, we must do our best to preserve darkness. Agnieszka Fiedorowicz

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We Live Inside the Sun

We Live Inside the Sun
An Interview with Paweł Preś

Magazine / science
Astronomer Paweł Preś talks about geomagnetic storms, drunk photons, and why the sun is much more powerful than we could ever imagine. Jan Pelczar
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The Glow

The Glow

Magazine / science
Sunlight brings about wonderful metamorphoses – within our human bodies, within the way we see nature, and most importantly, within plants. Urszula Zajączkowska

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On Thin Ice

On Thin Ice
The Changing Climate in Yakutia

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In the Russian Far East, climate change is causing more and more permafrost to melt. The effects could be disastrous, and not only for Yakuts. Michał Książek
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A Flip-Flop on Spitsbergen

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

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One of the world’s greatest ecosystems is dying before our eyes due to global warming. Our Arctic correspondent recounts the tragedy of the Barents Sea. Mikołaj Golachowski

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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?
Why Our Perception of Time Changes

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Our perception of time can be affected many factors, including age, culture, and even what event we are waiting for. A writer investigates why exactly this happens. Agnieszka Fiedorowicz
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Genetic Marginalia

Genetic Marginalia
Can We Really Inherit Memories?

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The genome is like a cookbook; an old one with stains and notes in the margins. A biologist describes the fascinating discoveries of epigenetics. January Weiner

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How Do I Live Without You?

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

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Wolves, bacteria, whales, clovers, elderly ladies… All organisms are intimately connected, and we can prove it scientifically. Mikołaj Golachowski
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The Scream Through Time

The Scream Through Time
The Problem With Labelling Nuclear Waste

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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

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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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The Oak Chronicles
The Copse

The Oak Chronicles

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An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Urszula Zajączkowska

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The Rise and Fall of a Chimpanzee Matriarchy

The Rise and Fall of a Chimpanzee Matriarchy

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Common chimpanzees usually live in patriarchal societies, yet at Warsaw Zoo a group of females began to lead the troop. Our correspondent tells the story of their ruthless rise to the top. Agnieszka Wójcińska
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Mothers of Kings

Mothers of Kings
The Secret Workings of Chimpanzee Politics

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Magdalena Braum, a primatologist and veterinarian in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, talks about how chimpanzees discovered politics long before humans. Agnieszka Wójcińska