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A Killer in Corpolis

A Killer in Corpolis
The Mystery of the Dead Cells

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

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The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees
Sex in the Natural World

Reading / science
Orgies, love triangles, necrophilia – nature’s amorous repertoire is just a debauched as that of humans, and in some cases even more so. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Feline Self-Care

Feline Self-Care
Pandemic Diaries

Reading / society
With the pandemic well underway, one of our readers has found – to her pleasant surprise – that her daily routine has adapted around that of her cat. Klaudia Strzyżewska

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Alaska Quagmire
Mind the climate

Alaska Quagmire
Melting Permafrost in North America

Magazine / society
As permafrost melts in western Alaska, the inhabitants of Newtok have become the first officially recognized climate migrants in the United States. Bogumiła Lisocka-Jaegermann

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Highway Daydreaming

Highway Daydreaming
On the Freedom of Driving

Reading / society
In testing times, perhaps the best remedy is to simply hit the road and drive into the unknown... Aleksei Morozov
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Not Such a Hard Nut to Crack
A seasonal dish

Not Such a Hard Nut to Crack
How to Make Your Own Peanut Butter

Magazine / society
Our gastronomy expert reminisces about the glorious taste of peanuts, and gives a recipe for homemade peanut butter. dr Ryan Bromley
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Element of Equilibrium

Element of Equilibrium
Lithium and Mental Health

Reading / culture
In his recent book “Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough”, psychiatrist Walter A. Brown gives an overview of lithium – the drug that has proved to be especially useful for those experiencing bipolar disorder. Paulina Wilk

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Obrazek
Karyna Piwowarska
Artwork / Illustrations
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31st January 1863

31st January 1863
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1863, a certain French author published his first novel, about three Brits taking a balloon trip over Africa. Jules Verne’s debut was a hit, and guaranteed his legacy. Adam Węgłowski
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January in History

January in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of January. Adam Węgłowski
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The Little Brother of War
sports

The Little Brother of War
The History of Lacrosse

Magazine / society
Lacrosse is North America’s oldest sport, practised by the various Native American peoples long before the Europeans colonized their land – and the game. Andrzej Kula

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The World’s Oldest Doctor
healthy living

The World’s Oldest Doctor
The Power of the Placebo Effect

Magazine / science
The efficacy of medical treatments can be influenced by many factors. Our correspondent details the success of the placebo effect, and the importance of double-blinding. January Weiner
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There is Nothing New Under The Sun

There is Nothing New Under The Sun

Media / Photo
American philosopher and literary critic Frederic Jameson once said that it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. The photographer Kata Geibl refers to this thesis with her photo series entitled “There is Nothing New Under The Sun”.
Opinion
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Never Stop Trying

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Next Stop: Maturity

Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński
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Dorota
Danielewicz
Dorota Danielewicz

Sisyphus Is a Woman

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The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
Mind the climate

The Subterranean Brain of the Forest
How Trees Communicate

Magazine / science
The forest is full of life, not only in the green leaves that burst out of tree crowns, but also underground, where a dense collection of roots and fungi form a communication network. Maria Hawranek
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Nature Is Not Nice
Mind the climate

Nature Is Not Nice
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

Reading / culture
Writer and poet Andri Snær Magnason talks about Iceland’s sacred cows, the importance of his grandmother, and his latest book “On Time and Water”. Aleksandra Lipczak
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The Limits of Clean Energy
Mind the climate

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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Loss Is Such a Useless Word
Mind the climate

Loss Is Such a Useless Word
An Interview with Forrest Gander

Magazine / culture
American poet Forrest Gander talks about the climate, the role of poetry, and where we can find hope. Julia Fiedorczuk

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What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

Media / Audio
American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

The Oak Chronicles ♫

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.

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Skoczewska

Feel and Understand

Reading / science
By taking a mindful approach to what is happening, we can situate ourselves in the here and now – and get to the heart of the problem.
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Study Finds Matriarchal Societies Are Good For Women's Health
big think

Study Finds Matriarchal Societies Are Good For Women's Health

Reading / science
A study of the Mosuo women, known for their matriarchy, suggests that gender roles can influence our health outcomes. Scotty Hendricks
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Culinary Kindness

Culinary Kindness
A Silver Lining in Difficult Times

Magazine / society
Amid lockdown and social isolation, our writer discovered that the kindness of others is still alive and well – especially in the kitchen. Monika Kucia
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Gingerbread Therapy

Gingerbread Therapy
Coping with Christmas Alone

Magazine / society
Faced with the prospect of a lonely Christmas, our writer found sentimental comfort in baking her own gingerbread cake. Monika Kucia