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Slime moulds head for space

Four slime moulds, strange single-celled organisms without brains, will accompany French astronaut Thomas Pesquet when he blasts off for the International Space Station on 22 April. On board, Pesquet will use them for various experiments, which will also be carried out back on Earth by thousands of French school students, with the assistance of France’s space agency CNES and the CNRS.

Posté le 12-04-2021 | 15:04

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More eco-friendly, cost-effective membranes for seawater desalination

Demographic growth, droughts: access to drinking water is a major public health issue. New seawater desalination membranes could help reduce costs while preserving the environment, explains Mihail Barboiu, member of the Montpellier-based Institut Européen des Membranes, who coordinated this research.

Posté le 05-04-2021 | 08:04

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Lalibela: a city dug in a rock

Eleven churches carved from a rock, centuries of history and a mystery that remains. An ambitious research programme tries to unveil the complex past of Lalibela, the largest christian site in Africa, located in Ethiopia. The ongoing research will also help preserve this fragile heritage for future generations.

Posté le 30-03-2021 | 08:03

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"The pandemic has shown that not all lives are equal"

In the past year, the Covid-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 2.6 million people. The restrictive measures imposed by government authorities to limit the propagation of the virus raise the question of the price are we willing to pay to save a human life. Didier Fassin, a sociologist, anthropologist and physician who divides his time between France and the US, shares his views.

Posté le 30-03-2021 | 08:03

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Covid-19 variants are a game-changer

More contagious and sometimes resistant to antibodies, some SARS-CoV-2 variants are gradually replacing the original strains. While this virus, which appeared recently in humans, is adapting to its new host, scientists from numerous disciplines are relentlessly monitoring its evolution.

Posté le 30-03-2021 | 08:03

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The Middle Ages brought Epicurus out of the underworld

Heretic and a slave to desire or radical ascetic and paragon of virtue: who was the real Epicurus? Retracing the history of representations of Epicureanism, the CNRS philosopher Aurélien Robert shows that the Middle Ages played an important role in rehabilitating a Greek philosopher who had been deprecated and caricatured since antiquity.

Posté le 29-03-2021 | 08:03

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Child survivors told of the Rwandan genocide

Based on the testimonies of orphans who escaped the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994, the historian Hélène Dumas offers a unique perspective on this key event of the 20th century.

Posté le 23-03-2021 | 20:03

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Reinventing computer science for quantum computing

To revolutionise computing, as the very first quantum computers have raised hopes of doing, researchers must meet exciting challenges, such as writing new informatics, and limiting the many errors still made by these ultra-powerful machines.

Posté le 16-03-2021 | 21:03

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The extraordinary fate of cells

Is detecting Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers at an earlier stage, or testing the efficacy of treatments before they are prescribed the stuff of science fiction? Maybe not. To understand why a disease sets in and mimic its course in vitro, scientists are now examining the life and fate of our cells, step by step.

Posté le 15-03-2021 | 21:03

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“Perpetrators of incest lead otherwise normal lives”

The recent accusations levied against French constitutional lawyer Olivier Duhamel illustrate how, despite being taboo, incest is actually quite common in our society. The anthropologist Dorothée Dussy has looked into the issue for years and reveals how perpetrators lead otherwise ordinary lives, far from the image of monsters preying on the young.

Posté le 10-03-2021 | 08:03

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