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This month in science (December 2018)
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Enriching Soil Carbon Storage to Face Climate Change
12.12.2018
Environment As the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) continues in Poland, one particular issue is triggering much interest from scientists: the 4p1000 initiative. Behind this code name lies an intriguing initiative to take out CO2 from the atmosphere to store it in the first layers of soil.
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life article
Hyena Girl Power Explained
11.19.2018
Animal Science She’s the boss—but why? A large-scale study of one-on-one conflicts between members of Tanzanian spotted-hyena communities, commonly dominated by female individuals, now presents empirical evidence that she-hyena authority comes down to family and social ties.
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life digital article
When Algorithms Target Athlete Doping
12.13.2018
Computer science Researchers have developed a computer model that can identify whether an athlete may have engaged in doping based on their performance history.
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Also this month
life article
digital
Europe's Stars Shine Bright
12.06.2018
Award From atom adders to nanometric thermometers and antibiotic cages, a number of cutting-edge international projects were recognized during the Étoiles de l’Europe award ceremony. Each year this prize honors collaborative European research projects initiated in France.
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society article
earth
Africa, A World in Transition
12.13.2018
Environment Obesity, cardiovascular diseases, demographic explosion—West Africa is currently undergoing major changes that are due, among other factors, to globalization and climate change. The objective of Agir, now a Centre of Excellence for Africa, is to study these developments and help local populations...
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digital article
Securing Tomorrow’s 5G Network
11.27.2018
Computer science With the arrival of 5G in less than two years, researchers are testing and trying to strengthen the security of this new generation of mobile phone standards.
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life billet
Are Bees Also Victims of their Intelligence?
11.26.2018
Animal cognition Bees exhibit striking cognitive capacities in order to collect floral resources. However, pesticides, heavy metals, and other environmental stressors impair communication between neurons, thereby disturbing foraging activities and putting the entire colony at risk. A team of biologists takes an in-...
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life article
Seabirds Starve while Fisheries Fill Up
12.06.2018
Environment Warning bells sound as a global study trawls through 40 years of data and highlights the losing battle that seabirds are fighting against industrial fisheries.
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society billet
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Turns 70
12.07.2018
History Adopted on December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 this year. How has the anti-human rights discourse become so prevalent today? Dominique Rousseau, director of the Paris Sorbonne university's Institute of Legal and Philosophical Sciences, takes us back to the origins...
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life article
digital
From Phantom Limb to Bionic Arm
11.29.2018
bioengineering French scientists and doctors have used the peculiar phenomenon of the “phantom limb”—a sensation that an amputated limb is still attached—to build a bionic arm controlled by the muscle contractions that amputees activate when they move their missing appendage.
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life billet
Our Memories are Stronger than we Thought
11.20.2018
Neuroscience Contrary to belief, it only takes a few seconds for a memory to form. Once recorded, it can be modified or made inaccessible, but it does not vanish. Pascale Gisquet-Verrier and David Riccio talk about their recent work, which revisits the dogma of memory consolidation.
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Joint call for swift and just climate action the Katowice Memorandum
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France-United States space cooperation - French science instrument on InSight 'hears' sound of Martian winds for the first time
6.12.2018
Silicosis is on the rise, but is there a therapeutic target?
5.12.2018
Pollution: New ammonia emission sources detected from space
5.12.2018
France-United States space cooperation - InSight Mars exploration mission - First tests of French SEIS seismometer successful
29.11.2018
Fruit flies can transmit their sexual preferences culturally
29.11.2018
A new method for weighing super-massive black holes
22.11.2018
The origins of asymmetry: A protein that makes you do the twist
International Collaborations
Denmark•Genetics
International Associated Laboratory "AMADEUS - AMADEUS : Advancing Methods in Ancient DNA for Environmental and Evolution History”
Japan•Chemistry
Resultats of the 5th EIG CONCERT-Japan Joint Call
Canada•Institutional
Results of the Call for Joint Research Proposals 2018 between the CNRS (France) and the University of Toronto
Israel•Institutional
Weizmann-CNRS Collaboration Program
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