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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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Parallel Rainbows

Parallel Rainbows
On Colour (and Its Limits)

Magazine / science
Human visual perception blesses us with only a glimpse of the light spectrum – for many animals, the colour world is a true sight to behold. Szymon Drobniak
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27th August 1939

27th August 1939
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1939, Poland was on the brink of war with Germany. But the country was also celebrating a famous victory over the footballing stars of Central Europe, Hungary. Adam Węgłowski
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The Discreet Movements of the Sunflower

The Discreet Movements of the Sunflower
How Plants Move

Magazine / science
Plants – fixed to the earth by their roots – move in an entirely different way to humans and animals. What biological mechanisms enable their movement? Marcin Zych

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Dark Matters of the Universe

Dark Matters of the Universe
The Invisible in Astronomy

Magazine / science
Much of the physical world is invisible to us – none more so than the concepts of dark companions, dark matter and dark energy in astronomy. Piotr Stankiewicz
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Made for Walking?

Made for Walking?
The Evolution of Limbs

Magazine / science
The story of land vertebrates begins around 400 million years ago. But was the evolution of fins and then legs really such a great idea? Mikołaj Golachowski
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Don’t Fear the Tiger

Don’t Fear the Tiger
The Evolutionary Role of Anxiety

Magazine / science
Over thousands of years, our brains have developed to pay attention to negative stimuli. This can also make it difficult to deal with anxious thoughts. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana

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Life-Giving Dust
Mind the climate

Life-Giving Dust
From the Sahara to the Ocean

Magazine / science
Saharan dust is a phenomenon that starts in the desert and brings multiple benefits to oceans and plants across the whole of the globe. Michał Brennek
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The Smell of Fear

The Smell of Fear
An Interview with Jacek Dębiec

Magazine / science
Child and adolescent psychiatrist Jacek Dębiec talks about how we communicate fear and whether it is possible to inherit trauma across different generations. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana

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Earthworms on the Piano

Earthworms on the Piano
On the Legacy of Charles Darwin

Magazine / science
Cultural scientist and philosopher Justyna Schollenberger explains what Charles Darwin taught us about empathy, cooperation and animals. Aleksandra Gosk & Tomasz Sitarz
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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 World Is a Larch

The World Is a Larch
The Narrative Symbolism of Trees

Magazine / science
In many cultures and languages, trees – their roots, trunks and branches – carry great narrative significance. Michał Książek
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Shrunken Giants, Swelling Dwarfs

Shrunken Giants, Swelling Dwarfs
The Life Cycle of Stars

Magazine / science
The life cycle of stars is truly spectacular, often involving the creation of immense mass and the unimaginable movement of energy – at least from our earthly perspective. Piotr Stankiewicz

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The Minds Of Plants
aeon

The Minds Of Plants

Magazine / science
From the memories of flowers to the sociability of trees, the cognitive capacities of our vegetal cousins are all around us. Laura Ruggles
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We Are Nature
aeon

We Are Nature

Magazine / science
Spinoza helps diagnose the bad ideas and sad passions that preclude us from a finer relationship with the natural world. Beth Lord

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Earth’s Hidden Continent Zealandia Finally Recognized
big think

Earth’s Hidden Continent Zealandia Finally Recognized

Reading / science
After decades of research and analysis of geoscience data, the seventh largest geological continent officially exists. Teodora Zareva

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Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light
Quanta

Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light

Reading / science
Recent experiments show that particles should be able to go faster than light when they quantum mechanically “tunnel” through walls. Natalie Wolchover/Quanta Magazine

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When Worldviews Collide: Why Science Needs To Be Taught Differently
big think

When Worldviews Collide: Why Science Needs To Be Taught Differently

Reading / science
Science doesn’t exist in a cultural and existential vacuum and its teaching shouldn’t either. Marcelo Gleiser

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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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Chatty Nature

Chatty Nature
Communication in the Animal World

Magazine / science
From mewing to singing and imitating human speech, the animal world is home to all sorts of communication methods. But can we really refer to this as language? Mikołaj Golachowski
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How Claude Shannon Invented the Future

How Claude Shannon Invented the Future

Reading / science
Today’s information age is only possible thanks to the groundbreaking work of a lone genius. David Tse/Quanta Magazine