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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.

Fertility, hormones, and health: no easy answers

The fertility of a woman is dependent on two hormones: oestrogen and progesterone. They play a pivotal role during puberty, insemination, and the development of foetus. However, they also have a ‘darker side’: they’re often responsible for breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer. Did evolution play a cruel trick on us by making something so important for creating life dangerous, and sometimes even deadly?

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20 years after the Balkan War

From 1991 to 1995, Serbs and Croats were locked in a bloody civil war, which cost over 100 thousand lives, mostly civilian. Since the fighting ended, efforts have been made to overcome the divisions between the two nations. To what degree have they been successful?

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1Question: What happens to our feet when we wear high heels?

Wearing high heels is definitely a challenge for our feet. But what exactly happens to them during this (unexpectedly) complicated process? We asked Dr hab. Artur Gądek, orthopaedist and traumatologist at the University Hospital in Kraków.

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Is sunscreen really all that safe?

In the recent years there have been some reports that using sunscreen may have serious side effects. A group of researchers from the JU Faculty of Pharmacy led by Prof. Elżbieta Pękala has lately begun investigating into new chemicals that would protect our skin without jeopardising nature or ourselves.

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Earth's best recyclers

Wood constitutes the vast majority of organic matter in our world. Why is it, then, that we’re not buried metres deep below a growing pile of dead wood? Dr Michał Filipiak, a specialist in natural recycling mechanisms, provided us with an answer to that question.

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