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The JU science communication unit frequently conducts interviews with Jagiellonian University experts and specialists from various fields, discussing interesting issues related to the world, civilisation, culture, history, biology, medicine, chemistry, and many more. Below you will find the latest five articles translated into English.

Fake news: the Internet’s gossip

In the age of social media, filter bubbles, and strong polarisation of opinions, fake news plays an increasingly important role in shaping public opinion. The reason behind this is directly tied to the nature of our social behaviours. Dr Małgorzata Majewska from the JU Institute of Journalism, Media and Social Communication explained to us the complexities of this issue.

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Gone the whole hog

In early January, the information about the planned wild-boar cull in Poland provoked a public outcry. This solution was supposed to effectively prevent the spread of African Swine Fever. Prof. Henryk Okarma from the JU Institute of Environmental Sciences and Prof. Zygmunt Pejsak from the from the National Veterinary Research Institute have been asked to shed more light on this controversial topic.

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Breakthrough in fighting AIDS?

In early March 2019, the world was shocked to hear the news of the second successful attempt to cure HIV infection. Since this news is as significant as it is sensational, we asked Dr hab. Monika Bociąga-Jasik from the JU MC Chair in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectious Diseases to explain this phenomenon. Are we witnessing a revolution in our struggle with HIV?

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Why doesn’t nature like squares?

Famous Austrian artist Friedrich Hundertwasser once said that ‘the straight line is something cowardly drawn with a rule, without thought or feeling; it is a line which does not exist in nature’. But where does nature’s seeming inability to form regular shapes come from? We asked Dr Paweł Jedynak from the Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry to tell us more about natural geometry.

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Turning green... but not with envy

We are all explorers and the need for exploration drives us to discover uncharted territories, including the mysteries of far-away galaxies and the edges of the known universe, whereas few of us know that the lawn under our feet is still full of unfathomable mysteries. A group of researchers from the JU Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry is working to shed more light on this issue. Their research aims to answer an apparently trivial question: how plants become green?

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