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This month in science (April 2024)
space article
Gaia BH3, the black hole that shouldn't exist
Astronomy The recent discovery of a binary system containing an extremely rare object, the most massive black hole (apart from SgrA*) ever detected in our Galaxy, calls into question the models for the formation of these bodies.
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society digital article
A new currency to dethrone the dollar?
Physics Could the power of the dollar be in decline? As BRICS countries openly toy with the idea of creating a common currency, is the global system ready to adopt a new international money? Physicists, who analysed the mathematical structure of trade, investigated.
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life article
Muting tinnitus
Medicine Research on tinnitus, a recent investigative field, is now enabling a clearer understanding of the causes and effects of this symptom that affects nearly eight million people in France.
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society article
A look back on mass surveillance during the Covid crisis
Interview In March 2020, France was one of the countries that adopted the strictest lockdown measures in an attempt to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. The historian and sociologist Nicolas Mariot looks back at this experiment in mass obedience.
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life video
Landscapes to listen to
Arizona The American Wild West, and especially Arizona, is not just cactuses, mountains and golden plains. Its dramatic landscapes are also audible. Anne Sourdril, a CNRS anthropologist, and her ecologist colleague Luc Barbaro have recorded the sounds of this ecosystem, so different from that in...
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society article
The Earth, precariously balanced
Ecology On our planet, everything is interconnected, from terrestrial and marine ecosystems and biodiversity to ice sheets, rivers and oceans. But a recent report reveals that the dynamics of these different systems is being destabilised by human activities to such an extent that they are reaching points...
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life diaporama
What fossils tell us about crocodiles
Palaeontology A massive asteroid struck the Earth 66 million years ago, dramatically affecting marine and terrestrial environments, and causing the mass extinction of numerous animal and plant species. The sebecosuchians, a highly-adaptable group of reptiles belonging to the Crocodilian order, were one of the...
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