The „Academia” magazine was founded on the initiative of Professor
Andrzej B. Legocki, a President of the Polish Academy of Sciences in
2003 – 2006. In the beginning it was published only in English as a
reply to the growing demand for a current information on the Polish
Academy of Sciences` activities, expressed by foreign scientists and
Poles living abroad and interested in Polish science.
Since 2005 the magazine is published both in Polish and English.
The „Academia” is an exceptional - on the Polish market - scientific
magazine for the general public, propagating achievements of Polish
scientists here and abroad. Authors of articles in „Academia” explain
their subject in a way that is accessible not only for all sorts of
academics but also for students, pupils and all other readers interested
in scientific topics for the general public.
In certain bird species the memory of migration routes is retained through traditions passed on from one generation to the next, while in others it is gene-encoded and inherited within specific populations.
Over the last two years the known population of dwarf galaxies in the neighborhood of the Milky Way - faint objects composed mainly of dark matter - has doubled. These new discoveries may contribute to solving one of the biggest riddles of modern cosmology: the problem of missing satellites.
Thousands of years ago, before technologies for producing bronze and iron were discovered, human communities exploited various deposits of siliceous rocks, which they used to produce tools and weapons. We now know more than 250 flint mines from the Stone and Bronze Ages throughout Europe, including more than 20 in Poland. One of the most impressive is the ancient mine in Krzemionki Opatowskie (Poland).
Many innovative computer science techniques mimic nature in some way. For instance, an algorithm inspired by biological mechanisms of immunological memory can be used to identify thematic groups within very large sets of textual documents.
Despite what was thought until recently, the physiological aging process of the brain does not involve the death of neurons. The memory problems that arise at advanced ages are chiefly caused by disturbances in the transfer of information between nerve cells and the degradation of synapses.
Among Poland's many Easter-time traditions are mystery plays which act out the Passion and Resurrection. Playing the role of Christ in such dramas, albeit difficult, is not an act of penance for actors, but rather a symbolic act in praise of the Savior.
Although the Museum of Evolution has existed since 1984, its history stretches back to 1968, when the first paleoontology exhibition was put on display in Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science. In March and April 2008 the museum played host to the Fossil Art exhibition by world-famous paleoblologist Prof. Adolf Seilacher.