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Burning post-mining heaps

| Małgorzata Kłoskowicz | The image of post-mining heaps is permanently inscribed in the landscape of Silesia. The landfill, which is not easy to hide, is created by human mining activities and is saturated with many compounds that are toxic to both humans and the environment. It turns out, however, that there are microorganisms that...

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Russia under Chinese drip

| Weronika Cygan | After 1945, there were only two major world powers – the USA and the Soviet Union. The first one has remained an economic hegemon with the PRC hot on its heels. The PRC’s leader is second most influential person in the world. Although still a respectable and economically influential country, Russia...

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A literary guide to contemporary Lviv

| Maria Sztuka |   Lviv lives on in the memory of several nationalities. It inspires not only multilingual artists who, fascinated by the unique atmosphere of the castle on the Poltva River, devote their lives to it, but it also motivates many scientists to study the city’s multiculturalism and sources of creative fascination. Last...

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Nuclear safety in the context of war in Ukraine

“Russians shelled the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, Ukraine.” This information reached us in early March 2022. Similar events also took place in Chernobyl. “You must be out of your mind, and with suicidal tendencies, to destroy nuclear facilities” summed up menacingly Prof. Janusz Janeczek, chair of the Council for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection,...

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Freedom of research | Geologists revise Długosz

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE FREEDOM OF RESEARCH – SCIENCE FOR THE FUTURE “Freedom of research – science for the future” series consists of articles, interviews and short videos presenting research conducted by the winners of „Freedom of research” FREEDOM OF RESEARCH – SCIENCE FOR THE FUTURE” Krzysztof Gaidzik, PhD Geologists revise Długosz | Maria Sztuka |...

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The Ghosts of Targowa Street

| Tomasz Grząślewicz | I’ve walked up and down this street for ages, but usually just on the way from one place to another. It was rarely a destination for us, because all the spots interesting for high school students, such as teenager-friendly pubs and music stores selling cassettes, were somewhere else. It was always...

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