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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!

Science

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What Comes After the Flood?
Mind the climate

What Comes After the Flood?
An Interview with Marcin Popkiewicz

Magazine / science
Marcin Popkiewicz, co-founder of a Polish climate science portal, talks about ecotourism, the fight against disinformation, and a possible future world. Łukasz Kaniewski
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20th July 1969

20th July 1969
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1969, a certain Mr Armstrong touched down on the moon and spoke about a giant leap for mankind, but how was all of this observed in communist Poland? Adam Węgłowski
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The Limits of Clean Energy
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The Limits of Clean Energy

Magazine / science
If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels. Jason Hickel

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The Dormant Beast

The Dormant Beast
The Volcanoes of Naples

Reading / science
Beneath the Phlegraean Fields near Naples there’s a giant lake of liquid magma bubbling away. The entire area includes 24 craters and volcanic cones. An eruption could occur within the next few years. Maciej Hen
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A Bird’s-Eye View on Biebrza and Narew
Mind the climate

A Bird’s-Eye View on Biebrza and Narew

Media / science
The Biebrza Wetlands are a grand monument to nature: one of the very few in Europe and comparable to the Pripet Marshes in Belarus, or the Danube Delta in Romania.
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The Bulb Bubble

The Bulb Bubble
The Dutch Tulip Craze

Magazine / science
In the 17th century, so-called ‘tulip mania’ swept the Netherlands. Bulbs became the hottest property on the market, before everything fell apart. Why exactly did these palm-sized bulbs cause such a commotion? Kamil Bałuk

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Go Ahead and Play!

Go Ahead and Play!
The Benefits of a Playful Childhood

Magazine / science
Early childhood is one of the most fundamental phases of cognitive and psychological development. In fact, play has a vital role in developing healthy social and emotional processes. Agnieszka Fiedorowicz
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26th June 1780

26th June 1780
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1780, the infamous Count Alessandro di Cagliostro fled Warsaw in a panicked hurry. He had been there to turn mercury into silver, but the observations of another educated nobleman spelled the beginning of the end... Adam Węgłowski

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It’s Okay to Panic!
Mind the climate

It’s Okay to Panic!
A Film About Climate Expertise

Reading / science
Jonathan L. Ramsey’s latest documentary “It’s Okay to Panic” deals with the global climate crisis – and the seemingly marginalized voice of experts therein. Anna Tatarska
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Heart of Stone

Heart of Stone
Creating Life from Inorganic Matter

Magazine / science
Many creation stories describe how man was made from clay. We treat such stories as ancient myths, yet according to some chemists and biologists, life may have indeed come from clay minerals. Łukasz Lamża

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The Reluctant Mr. Darwin and His Dangerous Idea

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin and His Dangerous Idea
On the Origin of the Theory

Magazine / science
Alongside Nicolaus Copernicus, Charles Darwin is one of the few people whose ideas changed the world forever. But how exactly did he develop is theory of evolution? Mikołaj Golachowski
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The World Is Dead, Long Live the World!

The World Is Dead, Long Live the World!
A Phanerozoic Explosion of Life

Magazine / science
Approximately 541 million years ago, the Cambrian Period began. With it came an explosion of life, never before seen in the history of the world. January Weiner

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Seven Lucky Bastards

Seven Lucky Bastards
Happy Tales of Misfortune

Magazine / science
They say that fortune favours the brave, but sometimes, when the worst possible circumstances strike, you simply need a big slice of luck – as the stories of these seven hapless souls show. Adam Węgłowski
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Is That a Quantum in Your Nose?

Is That a Quantum in Your Nose?
The Science of Smell

Magazine / science
Fragrant perfumes, a freshly-baked loaf of bread, the odours of a summertime rush-hour bus – smells are all around us. But from a scientific perspective, what exactly are smells? Maciej Świetlik

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The Joy of Learning (and Drumming)

The Joy of Learning (and Drumming)
The Life of Richard Feynman

Magazine / science
The physicist Richard Feynman was not only a stunning scientific talent. He also embodied those essential intellectual qualities: a curious approach to the world and a love for learning. Aleksandra Kozłowska
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Ceruse to Whiten the Complexion

Ceruse to Whiten the Complexion
The Tainted Fashion for White Lead

Magazine / science
There was a time when the use of white lead for skin whitening was all the rage. Yet without the relevant knowledge of chemistry, the pursuit of beauty can be fatal... Joanna Nikodemska

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You Are Made of Waste

You Are Made of Waste

Magazine / science
Searching for the ultimate example of recycling? Look in the mirror. Curt Stager
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2nd May 1519

2nd May 1519
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1519, the great painter Leonardo da Vinci passed away. Yet at the time – although clearly talented – he enjoyed far less fame and worship than he does today. Adam Węgłowski

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All Alone at the End of the World

All Alone at the End of the World
Isolation on a Polar Station

Reading / science
For those scientists and technical staff who work on the Antarctic – 1000 kilometres from the nearest shop and with challenging weather conditions – isolation at their research stations can be a testing experience. Mikołaj Golachowski
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In-visible

In-visible
A Dance Across Petals

Magazine / science
As the springtime air emerges from the winter frost, so too do the blossoming flowers of tiny plants and enormous trees. Nature’s floral fanfare is a joy to behold. Urszula Zajączkowska