It contains more calcium than milk and more phosphorous than fish, facilitates oxygen uptake, helps overcome altitude sickness and aids digestion, and yet the plant is prohibited. All because of one percent cocaine contents in coca leaves, the sacred plant of the Incas.
Why do Poles feel inferior to residents of the western countries? Would Poles be better if they were citizens of richer countries? Invited guests sought to answer these and other questions about Polish identity and patriotism during the debate "Why do Poles need Poland?" at the 16th Warsaw Science Festival.
The first bicycles weighed 40 kg, had no pedals, or even a moving handlebar. Before they became an integral part of our landscape, they were called "bonebreakers" and accused, for example, of leading to promiscuity and collapse of the institution of marriage. Dr. Olga Kwiatkowska from Maria Znamierowska-Pruefferowa Ethnographic Museum spoke of the history of the bicycle and socio-cultural importance of cycling during the XII Festival of Science and Art in Toruń.