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Where does the body end? Where does the mind begin?

Where does the body end? Where does the mind begin?

18.11.2019
Not everyone finds it easy to delve into subject matter as complex as cognitive neuroscience and behavioural studies. For some, the very idea of exploring these issues seems redundant and pointless, since there is no apparent gain from studying them. Embodied cognition? Situated conceptualisation? What are they and what are they for? Since we’re nearing the upcoming lecture by Prof. Piotr Winkielman dedicated to this topic, a brief introduction is definitely in order.
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Not seeing the forest for the trees: consequences of mass deforestation

Not seeing the forest for the trees: consequences of mass deforestation

12.11.2019
If the media reports are true, the Earth is currently facing rapid and extensive deforestation, which, if unchecked, will lead to extinction of thousands of animal species, and then mankind. What is the true scale of this problem and, if possible, how can it be solved?
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International research on balancing the diet of wild bees

International research on balancing the diet of wild bees

29.10.2019
Ten international research projects have been selected in the BiodivERsA Call 2018 competition co-organised by the National Science Centre. Amongst the winning projects there are six that feature scientists from Poland, and one of them is Dr Michał Filipiak from the JU Faculty of Biology.
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Another Nobel Peace Prize for Africa: what does it mean?

Another Nobel Peace Prize for Africa: what does it mean?

25.10.2019
For the second time in a row, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to an African. Though many people believed the Prize would go to Greta Thunberg or the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Nobel Committee decided to award the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for resolving the conflict in Eritrea. We asked Prof. Robert Kłosowicz, head of the Jagiellonian Centre for African Studies, to explain the significance of awarding two subsequent Nobel Peace Prizes to people from the war-torn continent of Africa.
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Interstellar comet with a familiar look

Interstellar comet with a familiar look

15.10.2019
A new comet discovered by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov is an outcast from another star system, yet its properties determined so far are surprisingly familiar, shows a new study led by JU Astronomical Observatory researchers Piotr Guzik and Michał Drahus. The team’s findings were published in Nature Astronomy on 14 October 2019.
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Microplastics: worse than smog?

Microplastics: worse than smog?

08.10.2019
In late September, local media reported that microplastics particles have been discovered in the air in Kraków. The unsettling information came from a research project conducted by the Pedagogical University of Cracow Institute of Geological Sciences and Jagiellonian University Institute of Geography. How alarmed should we be and is there anything we can do about this phenomenon?
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Obesity: an urban or rural problem?

Obesity: an urban or rural problem?

03.10.2019
The number of obese people has been growing year by year in most countries of the world. At the same time, the global percentage of urban population has also steadily increased. For a long time, life in big cities has been intuitively associated with higher body mass. However, this belief turns out to be false. The latest international research involving teams of Prof. Grażyna Jasieńska and Prof. Andrzej Pająk from the Institute of Public Health of the Jagiellonian University Medical College has revealed the truth about one of the most dangerous diseases of affluence in today’s world.
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