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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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Reading / science
We Could All Use an Octopus Teacher
We Could All Use an Octopus Teacher
Reading / science

In light of Netflix’s “My Octopus Teacher” winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, a biologist writes about just how clever cephalopods really are.

Mikołaj Golachowski

Magazine / science
Baby Beasts
Baby Beasts
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

Magazine / science
Testing the Waters
Testing the Waters
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

Magazine / science
The Unbearable Fluidity of Being
The Unbearable Fluidity of Being
Magazine / science

A trip to the forest gives us the chance to reflect on nature – in all its wet, blooming, perfumed springtime glory.

Szymon Drobniak

Magazine / science
Little Things That Matter
Little Things That Matter
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

Magazine / science
A Killer in Corpolis
A Killer in Corpolis
Magazine / science

A series of mysterious cell deaths in Corpolis bring Detective XY back for one last case – revealing an ingenious biological phenomenon in the process.

Tomasz Sitarz

Magazine / science
A Long Nap in the Freezer
A Long Nap in the Freezer
Magazine / science

Want to live forever? Why not try cryonics – an expensive and unproven scientific procedure with tempting results, at least for some.

Łukasz Lamża

Magazine / science
What Holds Us Here
What Holds Us Here
Magazine / science

Gravity doesn’t only dictate the trajectory of inanimate objects – without it, it would be impossible for human, animal and plant life to exist.

Mikołaj Golachowski

Magazine / science
The Magic of Mushrooms
The Magic of Mushrooms
Magazine / science

Our unmatched biologist-reporter takes a camping trip to the forest, where – after eating a freshly-picked mushroom breakfast – he ends up on the other side of the mycelium.

Tomasz Sitarz

Magazine / society
The Spore You Know
The Spore You Know
Magazine / society

Autumn marks the beginning of mushroom-picking season, but for those lacking mycological knowledge, there’s an alternative: you can grow your own fungi at home.

Marcin Kozłowski

Magazine / science
The Book of Generation
The Book of Generation
Magazine / science

Our biologist-reporter observes a story similar to the Judeo-Christian account of creation, but featuring soil, plants and fungi instead.

Tomasz Sitarz

Magazine / science
How the Brain Matures
How the Brain Matures
Magazine / science

Biologist Marek Kaczmarzyk talks about how humans differ from chimpanzees, the problem with fractions, and whether the brain ever really matures.

Aleksandra Pezda

Magazine / science
Hues of Our Own
Hues of Our Own
Magazine / science

A biologist explains how we perceive colour – and how those perceptions can be unique to each of us.

Szymon Drobniak

Magazine / science
The Non-Neutral Scientist of Neutrons
The Non-Neutral Scientist of Neutrons
Magazine / science

From electrician to Nobel Peace Prize laureate via work on the atomic bomb, the life of Polish physicist Józef Rotblat was full of remarkable twists and turns.

Marek Górlikowski

Magazine / science
Radiate and Drink
Radiate and Drink
Magazine / science

On hot summer days, we might hide inside the cool confines of our house. For many flora and fauna, such a luxury is impossible – they have their own biological techniques.

Szymon Drobniak

Magazine / science
Of Viruses and Men
Of Viruses and Men
Magazine / science

Our fearless biologist-reporter closes his eyes and wakes up to find himself summoned to the Virus Council – chaired by none other than the notorious SARS-CoV-2.

Tomasz Sitarz

Magazine / science
We Are All Colonies
We Are All Colonies
Magazine / science

The immune system is both complex and rich; a collection of specialized cells that work together to defend our bodies from viruses and bacteria.

January Weiner

Magazine / culture
The Ecstasy of Alfred Russel Wallace
The Ecstasy of Alfred Russel Wallace
Magazine / culture

Will Alfred Russel Wallace receive his longed-for letter from Charles Darwin? Find out in this short story.

Daniel Mason

Magazine / science
The Reluctant Mr. Darwin and His Dangerous Idea
The Reluctant Mr. Darwin and His Dangerous Idea
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

Magazine / science
The World Is Dead, Long Live the World!
The World Is Dead, Long Live the World!
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

Magazine / science
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

Magazine / science
Heart of Stone
Heart of Stone
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

Reading / culture
A Lesson in Wonder
A Lesson in Wonder
Reading / culture

In 1962, the marine biologist Rachel Carson published her seminal book on the ecological effects of pesticides, “Silent Spring”. As a result, she advanced the global environmental movement, but was unfairly discredited by her political opponents.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Magazine / society
Domesticated by Cats
Domesticated by Cats
Magazine / society

After a long day at work, there’s nothing like stroking our furriest of friends for a spot of relaxation. And they’re well aware of it – domestic cats have evolved in a way that benefits us both.

Mikołaj Golachowski

Magazine / science
A Journey to the Source of Life
A Journey to the Source of Life
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

Magazine / science
The Cetacean, or There and Back Again
The Cetacean, or There and Back Again
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

Magazine / science
How Do I Live Without You?
How Do I Live Without You?
Magazine / science

Wolves, bacteria, whales, clovers, elderly ladies… All organisms are intimately connected, and we can prove it scientifically.

Mikołaj Golachowski

Magazine / society
Of Apes and Automobiles
Of Apes and Automobiles
Magazine / society

Will today’s cars soon be replaced by autonomous vehicles? Technically it’s possible, but there are other obstacles.

Łukasz Lamża

Magazine / science
Spurious Savannas
Spurious Savannas
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

Magazine / science
What Could Doctor Dolittle Learn from His Animals?
What Could Doctor Dolittle Learn from His Animals?
Magazine / science

Many animals self-medicate with natural drugs in order to prevent or cure diseases and infections. Their behaviour could have important implications for human medicine, too.

Agnieszka Fiedorowicz

Magazine / science
I Am Not a New Frankenstein
I Am Not a New Frankenstein
Magazine / science

Jack Szostak talks about the beginnings of life on Earth, the beauty of synthetic biology, and why he’s not exactly Dr. Frankenstein.

Tomasz Stawiszyński