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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.

A Ticking Bomb

The plague of infected ticks is an alarming development which has attracted lots of public attention in recent years. The number of disease-carrying ticks in Poland has increased over tenfold since the early 1990s. What has caused this dangerous phenomenon? What are its consequences and the prospects for the future?

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Drug resistance – a global problem of the 21st century

Diseases and other health related issues are indiscriminate and can affect everyone, no matter their age or environment. Currently, one of the most serious threats to our health is the risk of infection by harmful microbes that have become resistant to commonly used antibiotics. We asked Prof. Jadwiga Wójkowska-Mach from the JU MC Department of Bacteriology, Microbe Ecology and Parasitology to tell us more about the underlying causes and consequences of drug resistance.

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A Long Way Home [Q&A]

The coming of spring is heralded by longer days, blossoming flowers, as well as the return of migratory birds, which were often joyfully welcomed by our ancestors. Why do Polish birds migrate south? What sacrifices to do they have to make? How do they prepare for a long flight? These questions are addressed in the following article, written with the assistance of Dr Szymon Drobniak from the Jagiellonian University Institute of Environmental Sciences.

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Do you speak Dolphinese? The language of marine mammals

How do dolphins interact with each other? How do they express their emotions? What do good manners mean for them? We have asked these questions to Prof. Vincent Janik from the University of St. Andrews, one of the world’s most prominent researchers studying the language of marine mammals, who has been invited to the Jagiellonian University to give the lecture “Marine mammal communication and the nature of language”.

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Training your brain. Physical activity and its effects on neuroplasticity

Over the course of millions of years of evolution, intense physical activity was an integral part of human condition due to our hunter-gatherer lifestyle, contributing to the development of our cognitive abilities. Contemporary observations confirm this relationship: physical exercise stimulates the growth of our neural networks, synapses, and even new neurons. Below you can read a short version of a lecture by Prof. Filip Rybakowski from the Poznan University of Medical Science.

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