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Newsletter August 2017

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This month in science (August 2017)
life earth article
Round-the-world Expedition to Study Marine Megafauna
Oceanography Monaco Explorations' research vessel Yersin has set sail for a round-the-world mission to study the state of the world's oceans, terminating in 2020. Among a host of scientific projects, it will carry out a survey of marine megafauna using environmental DNA, a new method for evaluating biodiversity.
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digital article
The Era of Automatic Control
Automatics The 20th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC 2017) was held in Toulouse on July 9-14. Dimitri Peaucelle, a researcher at the LAAS (Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems), which organized the event, gives an overview of this technique, which, although omnipresent in our daily lives, remains largely unknown to the general public.
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society article
The Tattoo Craze
Anthropology Tattoos, an immensely popular fashion accessory at the start of the 21st century, in fact reach all the way back to the Neolithic Age. Anthropologist Sébastien Galliot explains the history and meaning of these body markings.
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Also this month
life article
A Multi-faceted Approach to HIV Prevention
Health Ahead of the 9th International Conference on HIV Research which ended last week in Paris, UNAIDS published its latest figures on the epidemic. 1 million people died of AIDS in 2016, and 1.8 million were newly infected with the virus. Before a vaccine can be found, new preventive methods are already...
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life article
Fighting HIV on All Fronts
Health A permanent cure for AIDS is now the prime objective of scientists who are tracking the virus’s “reservoir cells” and immersing themselves in its molecular mechanisms… Serious leads for the development of an effective preventive vaccine are also under study. CNRS News looks at the latest updates on...
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life diaporama
Flipper, a Robot for Collecting Shellfish
Robotics Flipper, a shellfish-capturing robot and the latest brainchild of the Laboratoire d’Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM), has just been tested in the waters off Mayotte, a hotspot of biodiversity.
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life billet
Intestinal Parasites in Soldiers during the Great War
Biology The demonstration of intestinal parasites in World War I soldiers provides additional evidence of the horror of these men’s daily lives. This discovery was possible thanks to an emerging discipline, paleoparasitology, presented here by Matthieu Le Bailly, a researcher at the Laboratoire chrono-...
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society billet
Unmasking Fake Reviews on the Web
Economy Fake reviews on the Web are far more widespread than we think. Andreas Munzel, a specialist in online-user review analysis, deciphers this type of fraudulent practice.
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society article
The Tyranny of Appearance
Anthropology In the summertime, our bodies are more visible, becoming an important concern in a society that idealizes physical “perfection.” Is this a recent phenomenon? And what are the downsides of this cult of the body beautiful?
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