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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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Bedouins and Sandynauts

Bedouins and Sandynauts
A Kepler Base in the Desert

Reading / science
In the heat of Oman’s Dhofar desert, two very different groups of temporary inhabitants go through their monotonous yet important daily routines. Agata Romaniuk
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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

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A Journey to the Source of Life

A Journey to the Source of Life
Where Do We Come From?

Magazine / science
The planet Earth was formed around 4.5 billion years ago; one billion years or so later, the first life forms emerged. What exactly created these initial microorganisms? January Weiner & January Weiner
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Eyes of Green

Eyes of Green
21 Trees That Bear Witness to History

Reading / science
Trees can live for hundreds – and in some cases, tens of thousands – of years, making them the most well-versed historians… if only we could communicate with them. Adam Węgłowski

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2nd November 1848

2nd November 1848
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe was in a decidedly bad place. With a string of successful literary works behind him, what exactly was causing the writer’s melancholia? Adam Węgłowski
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10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death

10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death

Reading / science
If you don't want to know anything about your death, consider this your spoiler warning. Kevin Dickinson/Big Think

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The Dilemma of an Electron

The Dilemma of an Electron
Do Elementary Particles Have Consciousness?

Reading / science
Panpsychists believe that everything, no matter how small, has consciousness. This micro-perspective extends to the most fundamental level of physics. Łukasz Lamża
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Cassandra ’72

Cassandra ’72
Were the Predictions of World3 Accurate?

Reading / science
Almost 50 years ago, the World3 computer program at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that a rapid collapse of global civilization would begin around 2040. Was it right, after all? Łukasz Kaniewski

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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)

Magazine / science
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
Mind the climate

Annihilation from Underground
How Volcanoes Have Changed the World

Magazine / science
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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Lava Leisure Tours

Lava Leisure Tours
The Top Volcanoes to Visit

Magazine / science
Don’t be scared by active volcanoes! While some of them undoubtedly pose a safety threat, there are many lava-spewing peaks that you can travel to and admire. Hanna Bora

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Everybody Burns

Everybody Burns
The Creative Chaos of Combustion

Magazine / science
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

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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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