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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 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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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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On Thin Ice

On Thin Ice
The Changing Climate in Yakutia

Magazine / science
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

Magazine / science
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

Magazine / science
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?

Magazine / science
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

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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The Oak Chronicles

The Oak Chronicles

Magazine / science
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

Magazine / science
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
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How the Sun Discovered Life on the Moon

How the Sun Discovered Life on the Moon
Fake News in the Era of the Printing Press

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More than 180 years ago, a New York newspaper published a series of sensational reports about life on the Moon. They fooled most of their readers, including some scientists. Katarzyna Sroczyńska

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The Woes of Pope Frances

The Woes of Pope Frances
An Alternative Papal History

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We present you with an alternative history of the Roman Catholic Church led by a woman, Pope Frances. Adam Węgłowski
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Plastic-Filled Herrings

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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Written in Sunlight

Written in Sunlight
The Curious Life of Hércules Florence

Magazine / science
Hércules Florence invented photography three years before Daguerre, and pioneered the study of birdsong. Surprisingly, his innovative achievements are largely forgotten. Katarzyna Sroczyńska
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Spurious Savannas

Spurious Savannas
The Naive Assumptions of Evolutionary Psychology

Magazine / science
Evolutionary psychology often provides simple explanations that ignore the effects of culture on human behaviour. Our correspondent explores one of science’s more spurious branches. January Weiner

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Coffee Was Discovered by Goats
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Coffee Was Discovered by Goats
The Story of the Bean

Reading / science
Where does coffee come from? An article about the origins of the famous brew from the 1949 edition of “Przekrój”. Marian Dienstl-Dąbrowa
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Urszula
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Urszula Zajączkowska

Hidden Rivers

Reading / science
The life-giving act of diffusion is a beauty to behold – not just for humans, but also for plants.