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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.

Obese equals antisocial and thoughtless? A sociological essay

Doctors are sounding the alarm: there are more people at risk of suffering from obesity than malnutrition. But obesity – according to Ewa Kopczyńska from the JU Institute of Sociology – is not only a question of health.

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A merry old man? Not necessarily. The secret history of Santa Claus

As Christmas approaches, we’d like to take readers on a journey following the footsteps of Santa Claus in Eastern European culture. Dr Maciej Czeremski from the JU Institute of Religious Studies will be our guide.

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Can trees eliminate smog in cities?

Just like other plants, trees produce oxygen. So technically, the more trees we plant, the more oxygen we’ll get. Is it that simple? Can we get rid of smog in cities by planting a large number of trees? Unfortunately, the answer is not that obvious. We asked Dr Piotr Klepacki from the JU Institute of Botany for an explanation.

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Joke morality. Is it OK to laugh at offensive jokes?

Many people laugh at offensive jokes based on negative stereotypes of certain groups, such as miserly Jews, lazy blacks, or thieving Poles. Others, however, think that such jokes are in bad taste, crude, and even detrimental to society. Could they be right? Can a particular type of humour be unacceptable from a moral point of view? We asked Maciej Juzaszek, a PhD student at the JU Institute of Philosophy and Chair in the Theory of Law, to provide us with an ethics-oriented answer.

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Tissue engineering - great hope for medicine

The opening ceremony of the academic year 2017/2018 at the Jagiellonian University included a special lecture by Dr hab. Justyna Drukała from the JU Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Biotechnology, a biologist, head of the JU Cell Bank.

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