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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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The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage
The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage
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A war has been raging for billions of years, killing trillions every single day, while we don’t even notice. This war involves the single deadliest being on our planet: The Bacteriophage.

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Is Reality Real? The Simulation Argument
Is Reality Real? The Simulation Argument
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In future, it might become possible to simulate entire universes. But if this an option, how can we know that it’s not already happened?

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What Do Alien Civilizations Look Like? The Kardashev Scale
What Do Alien Civilizations Look Like? The Kardashev Scale
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The observable universe is a big place that has been around for more than 13 billion years. Up to two trillion galaxies made up of something like 20,000 billion billion stars surround our home galaxy. In the milky way alone scientists assume there are some 40 billion earth like planets in the habitable zone of their stars. When we look at these numbers it is hard to imagine that there is nobody else out there.

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What Is Life? Is Death Real?
What Is Life? Is Death Real?
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So what is the difference between you and a rock? This seems like an easy, even stupid question. But even the smartest people on earth have no idea where to draw the line between living and dead things. Which leads to mind-blowing implications. What is life after all? And is death really a thing? Lets look into it together.

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What Happened Before History? Human Origins
What Happened Before History? Human Origins
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Humans. We have been around for a while now. When we think about our past we think about ancient civilizations, the pyramids, stuff like that. But this is only a tiny, tiny part of our history.

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Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization?
Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization?
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The sun. Smooth and round and peaceful. Except when it suddenly vomits radiation and plasma in random directions. Should we be worried?

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What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?
What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?
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Humans are proud of a lot of things, from particle accelerators, to poetry and pokemon. All of them made possible because of something humans value extremely highly: intelligence.

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Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!
Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!
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Humans love to explore. Strangely enough even horrible places – like Mars. Let’s see how building a Mars base could work and how insanely nerve-wracking exactly it would be.

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Milk: White Poison or Healthy Drink?
Milk: White Poison or Healthy Drink?
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In the last 10 years, milk has become slightly controversial. Some people claim that it’s indispensable, nutritious and crucial for healthy bones, while others tend to say it might cause cancer and lead to premature death. So who is right? And why do we keep drinking it?

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Loneliness
Loneliness
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Everybody feels lonely sometimes. Why do we feel this way and what can we do about it?

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