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.
On every continent and in every habitat, grasses discretely pervade our environment. But despite their ubiquity, grasses have a subtle beauty and still pose a challenging subject of scientific inquiry.
We have now reached the 50th anniversary of when mankind first began exploring space - the traditional start of the "space era" came with the launch of the first artificial satellite on 4 October 1957, followed by the first manned spaceflight on 12 April 1961. Nowadays we rarely stop to notice how many aspects of our daily lives are derived from this half-century of space research.
Although the possible existence of extrasolar planets, similar to the Earth or different, has intrigued astronomers for centuries, it was only in the early 1980s that the technical capacity to discover them emerged.
In four years of salvage work in the region of the Fourth Nile Cataract, Polish archeologists have discovered and studied many artifacts of the Nubian culture. These objects have enabled them to reconstruct the history of these territories abounding in dramatic events.
The beautiful, intricate shells produced by foraminifera with astounding complexity turn out to be governed by simple mathematic rules. Once the underlying principles are discovered, foraminifera shapes can be "grown" on a computer screen.
The International Center for Ecology focuses on advancing the science of ecohydrology and on the practical application of its principles, so as to regenerate our drinking water resources and improve their quality.