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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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Baby Beasts

Baby Beasts
Reproduction in the Animal World

Magazine / science
From post-natal death to hatching out of a mother’s back, the modes of reproduction in the animal world are far more varied than that of humans. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Little Things That Matter

Little Things That Matter
The Weird and Wonderful World of Plankton

Magazine / science
Plankton usually take on tiny forms and exist in beautiful variety. They are also a key part of the ocean’s ecology – and are under threat from the climate crisis. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Script Hunting

Script Hunting
An Interview with Tomasz Bąk

Magazine / science
Neurolinguist Tomasz Bąk talks about the letters and symbols of various world alphabets, as well as how brain diseases can affect language. Jan Pelczar

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Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters
A Liquid Interview

Magazine / science
Our biologist-reporter tunes in to an interview with a particle of water, who explains everything we could wish to know about its structure and properties. Tomasz Sitarz
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There Will Be Life

There Will Be Life
An Interview with Janusz Pętkowski

Magazine / science
Astrobiologist Janusz Pętkowski talks about whether extra-terrestrial life might exist on the planet Venus. Piotr Stankiewicz
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Baby Earth, Infant Sun

Baby Earth, Infant Sun
The Life of Stars and Planets

Magazine / science
What analogies and metaphors might be useful in describing the processes of planets and stars in our solar system? Łukasz Lamża

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23rd April 1564

23rd April 1564
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1564, the British playwright William Shakespeare was born… Or was he? And was it actually Shakespeare who authored the nearly 40 plays and 150 sonnets attributed to his name? Adam Węgłowski
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‘Time Is Elastic’: Why Time Passes Faster Atop a Mountain Than At Sea Level
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‘Time Is Elastic’: Why Time Passes Faster Atop a Mountain Than At Sea Level

Reading / science
The idea of 'absolute time' is an illusion. Physics and subjective experience reveal why. Stephen Johnson

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What Do You Really Believe?

What Do You Really Believe?
Take the Truth-Demon Test

Magazine / science
Do we really believe the views we express? Are we always trying to establish the truth when we argue, or might there be other motives at work? Keith Frankish
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Scientists Find the "Magic Number" That Links Forces of the Universe
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Scientists Find the "Magic Number" That Links Forces of the Universe

Magazine / science
Researchers dramatically improve the accuracy of a number that connects fundamental forces. Paul Ratner

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Explainer: what are fractals?

Explainer: what are fractals?

Magazine / science
Fractals are exquisite structures produced by nature, hiding in plain sight all around us. Michael Rose
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By the Age of 3, Children Appreciate Nature's Fractal Patterns
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By the Age of 3, Children Appreciate Nature's Fractal Patterns

Magazine / science
Fractal patterns are noticed by people of all ages, even small children, and have significant calming effects. Jaimee Bell

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Science Says You Should Pet Your Dog Before Leaving
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Science Says You Should Pet Your Dog Before Leaving

Magazine / science
A study explores how your dog does when you're not home. Robby Berman

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Why It’s So Hard To Stop Obsessing About Things — And What To Do About It
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Why It’s So Hard To Stop Obsessing About Things — And What To Do About It

Reading / science
Try not to think about your hands. Now enjoy a few minutes of not being able to stop thinking about them. Robby Berman

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The Universe Works Like a Huge Human Brain, Discover Scientists
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The Universe Works Like a Huge Human Brain, Discover Scientists

Reading / science
A new study found similarities between the human brain and the cosmic network of galaxies. Paul Ratner

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29th March 1857

29th March 1857
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1857, a young Indian soldier in an infantry regiment of the British East India Company decided to take a stand against his British masters. His actions kickstarted a major rebellion. Adam Węgłowski

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The New History of the Milky Way

The New History of the Milky Way

Reading / science
Over the past two years, astronomers have rewritten the story of our galaxy. Charlie Wood/Quanta Magazine
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The Cabinet of Earthly Delights

The Cabinet of Earthly Delights
Wilhelm Reich’s Sexual Revolution

Magazine / science
With his orgone accumulator, Wilhelm Reich intended to heal the world through a sexual revolution. In reality, it was not quite as profound. Agnieszka Fiedorowicz

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Grief Among Animals

Grief Among Animals
Death in the Animal Kingdom

Magazine / science
Both mammals and birds appear to grieve their dead and observe mourning rituals – just like humans. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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It’s Barberry Time!

It’s Barberry Time!
How to Harvest the Barberry Shrub

Magazine / science
The barberry shrub – most noticeable from its striking red berries – consists of the fruit, bark, root and leaf. Luckily, we can benefit from all of it. Dominika Bok