IN A NUTSHELL 8/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 8/2019-20 LAW AND JUSTICE WIN SECOND TERM, LOSE CONTROL IN SENATE The biggest surprise of the parliamentary elections held in Poland on Sunday, October 13 was the turnout: almost 62% of people decided to vote. What is some countries could count as bad result is the best turnover in any elections in Poland for many years. Other results were quite precisely predicted by polls held before the election day: Law and Justice won second term in power with 43.59% of votes (235 seats in the Sejm) and Civic Coalition remained the second force with 27.4% (134 seats).

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IN A NUSTHELL 7/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 7/2019-20 TRANSHUMANISM: OPPORTUNITY OR DANGER? Over the last 50 years the world of technology has changed beyond recognition. There are people who think that if we want to go even further we have to challenge the limitations of our bodies. Transhumanists, as they are called, do it by using implants with all kinds of technological upgrades. Winter Mraz, an engineer featured in a BBC report about the issue, has a chip to open door to her flat in her left hand, a chip with her business card in her right one, a contraceptive implant and a magnet

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IN A NUTSHELL 6/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 6/2019-20 RED HAZE IN INDONESIA Photos taken by Eka Wulandari from Indonesia have arguably been the most discussed ones last week worldwide. Because of the so-called ”red haze” what you can see reminds more of Mars than Earth. Literally everything is red and looks very scary. Many people argue the photos were fake but the author denies such accusations. They were taken in Jambi province in Indonesia where forest fires are exceptionally spread at the moment and the skies indeed turned red. Scientists who explained the phenomenon for BBC say it is possible because of particles 0.05

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IN A NUTSHELL 5/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 5/2019-20 SIX DEMANDS OF YOUTH CLIMATE STRIKE On Friday September 20, 2019 tens of thousands of young people gathered in the streets of over 60 cities in Poland to take part in Youth Climate Strike, a global movement initiated by a Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg who became famous after she protested every Friday in front of the Swedish parliament against the government’s indifference towards climate change. Her initiative grew immensely and now 150 countries take part in it. This year Greta demonstrated in New York giving everybody her key message: ”together we are unstoppable”. Participants of the

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IN A NUTSHELL 4/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 4/2019-20 TRUMP INTRODUCES BAN ON FLAVOURED E-CIGARETTES Until September 6, 2019 the USA has witnessed more than 450 cases of a strange respiratory condition clearly related to e-cigarettes. ”Vaping sickness” has already led to six deaths. Many of the patients who had the symptoms are young. In connection to the growing problem President Donald Trump decided to introduce a ban on flavoured liquids. Over the last years e-cigarettes have become very popular in America especially among students and, unfortunately, children. The number of teens who use them daily rose last year to a worrying 5 million. There

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IN A NUTSHELL 3/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 3/2019-20 ”TANKER TRUCKS OF SHAME” JOIN POLITICAL CAMPAIGN Political campaign before the Parliamentary elections has started for good. Apart from discussions about real propositions we are surely going to be fed with thousands of examples of anti-campaign. One of them is the recently launched action called ”Cysterny wstydu PO-PSL” (PO-PSL tanker trucks of shame). Within the initiative four tanker trucks will travel across Poland until the election day with the aim of informing people how many holes there were in the system of public finances when the country was governed by the Civic Platform and the Polish

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IN A NUTSHELL 2/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 2/2019-20 VISTULA GETTING 3,000 LITRES OF WASTE EVERY SECOND On Tusday August 27, 2019 one of sewage tanks at the wastewater treatment plant ”Czajka” in Warsaw broke down. The plant was designed to be ready for such a scenario and directed the waste to the second tank. A day later the second tank broke down as well, a scenario nobody was prepared for. The administration of the facility took the decision to perform a ”controlled drop” of waste into the Vistula River. This means Poland’s biggest river is getting 3,000 litres of household waste every second. At

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IN A NUTSHELL 1/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 1/2019-20   Image by Ria Sopala, Pixabay THE WORLD’S LUNGS ON FIRE It may sound a bit surprising but the Amazon rainforest does have its dry season, too. This year it has been more deadly for the jungle than ever with over 74,000 fires, clearly seen from the space. The blaze has been consuming trees for nearly a month and even though initially the event failed to interest media agencies, today everybody realizes the situation in the region is a problem of every single human being. The Amazon is called the world’s lungs for a reason: it

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IN A NUTSHELL 23/2019

JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY TO COUNT ONLY POINTS FROM ADVANCED MATURA Matura exam is a relatively complicated one. Students can take exams in either basic or extended level plus two oral exams (in Polish and a foreign language). Since the exams started having one standarised form in every school candidates for universities in most cases do not have to sit any additional entry tests but are accepted or rejected based on their score from written exams. Universities usually counted points from both types of exams (basic or extended) using a special ratio, for example 0.8 for points collected in the basic level

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IN A NUTSHELL 22/2019

TRADE WAR PUTS HUAWEI IN BIG TROUBLE Trade war between the USA and China has just found its next victim, Huawei. The company’s problems originate from an official statement made by Donald Trump in which he added it to the list of firms restricted from trading with the US. Following this order Google said it would comply and in turn restricted Huawei’s access to the Android system. You can only imagine the consequences. It means future users of Huawei smartphones will not have access to such apps like Gmail, YouTube or Maps. The only way the Chinese giant can survive

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