Mikołaj Golachowski

A polar explorer with a PhD in natural sciences, who spends four months every year in Antarctica and in the Arctic. Mikołaj writes about nature for both children and adults. His latest books are “Czochralem antarktycznego słonia” [I’ve Ruffled an Antarctic Elephant] (Marginesy, 2016) and “Gęby, dzioby i nochale” [Gobs, Beaks and Schnozzes] (Babaryba, 2016).
A Cream-Colored Bear
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Nature

A Cream-Colored Bear

Far from being a cuddly white teddy, the polar bear is the largest land predator on Earth. It is essential that they are protected from the changing climate—and humans.
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In the Storm Kingdom
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Nature

In the Storm Kingdom

Owing to its geography, the southernmost continent experiences the planet’s strongest air currents, meaning there’s never a dull moment.
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Never Outfoxed
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Nature

Never Outfoxed

Foxes are a remarkable species whose intelligence and pragmatism has led to them becoming the most widespread land predatory mammals on Earth.
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A White Polar Summer
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Nature, Outer Space

A White Polar Summer

Depending on the time of year, in the North and South Poles our largest star either shines twenty-four hours a day or not at all. This has an impact on local flora and fauna—and the global environment.
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Natural Order
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Nature

Natural Order

From fractals to columnar joints, the natural world is home to many stunning patterns and regularities.
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The Giants of the Ice Realm
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Nature

The Giants of the Ice Realm

Rather than shrinking in the cold, the animal inhabitants of polar seas tend to be much larger than their temperate relations. Why might this be?
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Non-Human Admiration
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Nature

Non-Human Admiration

The biology of other species—their elaborate ornamentation, coloration, range of vision—suggests that it is not only humans who are capable of delighting in nature’s aesthetic pleasures.
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Fledging Pains
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Nature

Fledging Pains

Just like among humans, parenting exists in the animal kingdom, too. Whether it constitutes purposeful teaching is still under debate.
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Made for Walking?
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Nature

Made for Walking?

The story of land vertebrates begins around 400 million years ago. But was the evolution of fins and then legs really such a great idea?
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We Could All Use an Octopus Teacher
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Nature

We Could All Use an Octopus Teacher

After the 2020 Netflix documentary "My Octopus Teacher" gained international acclaim, a biologist writes about just how clever cephalopods really are.
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Baby Beasts
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Science

Baby Beasts

From post-natal death to hatching out of a mother’s back, the modes of reproduction in the animal world are far more varied than that of humans.
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Little Things That Matter
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Nature

Little Things That Matter

Plankton usually take on tiny forms and exist in beautiful variety. They are also a key part of the ocean’s ecology – and are under threat from the climate crisis.
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