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Newsletter April 2020

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This month in science (April 2020)
life matter article
Protective Mask Recycling Offers Promise
04.01.2020
Health At present, all surgical and FFP2 face masks must be thrown away after a few hours of use. To offset the shortage of protective equipment, scientists, physicians and manufacturers are working together to explore ways to reuse them safely. Professor Philippe Cinquin provides an overview of the methods being tested by this consortium.
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society article
"Uncertainty is Intrinsic to the Human Condition"
04.09.2020
Interview From his home in Montpellier (southern France), the philosopher Edgar Morin reaffirms his global vision of society. The coronavirus epidemic, he says, ought to improve our understanding of science and teach us how to live with uncertainty, ultimately recovering a form of humanism.
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society digital video
Building a Digital Monument
Date de parution:  04.14.2020
Heritage How can Notre-Dame's stone, woodworks and stained glass be restored in the best possible manner? A large scientific collaboration bringing together more than 50 research teams has begun to study the iconic cathedral damaged by fire a year ago. A digital data team has also joined forces to create a digital backup of the edifice and develop tools that will collect all available information about it.
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society article
CNRS Labs: Research Under Lockdown
04.08.2020
Research Virtually all of the 1,100 CNRS research and service units closed their doors on Monday 16 March, finding solutions to allow their personnel to work from home. Except for the laboratories conducting research on Covid-19, which continue to operate full-time, all units have implemented an Activity...
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society article
“Making Decisions is not a Scientist’s Job”
03.25.2020
Sociology Rarely have scientists been so sollicited and praised by journalists and politicians, who seek their support in confronting the current health crisis. A consensus to be viewed with caution, warns sociologist and communication specialist Dominique Wolton.
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society billet
digital
Digital Technology Becomes Central to Life in Confinement
04.19.2020
Sociology What would we do without them? Digital tools allow a majority of people under confinement to palliate the imposed seclusion, continue working or studying and find entertainment. At the same time, due to the accompanying upheaval in social relations, inequalities and instructions to carry on as...
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matter article
First Ten Years of the LHC: the Adventure Continues
04.19.2020
Particle physics After ten years in operation, the CERN particle accelerator located on the border between France and Switzerland has reshaped the physics of elementary particles. It will restart in 2021 with even better-performing facilities.
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society article
The Covid-19 Epidemic Highlights the Need to Think of Others
04.15.2020
Psychology An interview with Grégoire Borst, director of the Laboratory for the Psychology of Child Development and Education (LaPsyDÉ) on how cognitive bias influences people’s behaviour – both in everyday life and during the coronavirus crisis.
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society billet
Could Covid-19 Affect Public Trust in Science?
04.19.2020
Sociology of science With the Covid-19 pandemic, scientists are subjected to a barrage of sollicitations, calling upon them to address the population’s concerns and advise those in charge. Public trust seems to be stronger than ever, but the relations between science and society are much more complex than they seem....
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10.04.2020
COVID-19: clinical trial launched for a rapid saliva-based screening test
15.04.2020
Where did the antimatter go? Neutrinos shed promising new light.
15.04.2020
A new tool to predict volcanic eruptions
14.04.2020
Covid-19: launch of an international survey on the loss of smell and taste
9.04.2020
Neanderthal cord weaver
9.04.2020
Risk aversion as a survival strategy in ants
6.04.2020
Stronger Atlantic currents drive temperate species to migrate towards the Artic Ocean
6.04.2020
Charisma: the advantage of invasive species
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