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Newsletter February 2019

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This month in science (February 2019)
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Your Virtual Body is now Ready
Neuroscience It is now (almost) possible to be embodied in realistic fashion within a virtual body. Although this reality could pave the way for new therapies, it also raises certain questions. The computer scientists Bruno Arnaldi, Pascal Guitton and Guillaume Moreau provide an overview of virtual embodiment technology.
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Challenging Preconceived Ideas about Migration
Demographics Demographer François Héran, holder of the Migrations and Societies Chair at the Collège de France, challenges our preconceived ideas on migration and tells CNRS News why, together with more than 800 other researchers, he is calling for the creation of an equivalent to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for migration.
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Life Was Already Moving 2.1 Billion Years Ago
Palaeontology The appearance of mobility in multicellular beings could be much older than we thought. This at least, is what the small fossilised tunnels found in 2.1 billion-year-old rocks in Gabon suggest.
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The Science of Walking
Biology Nothing seems easier than putting one foot in front of the other. Yet scientists working in the neurosciences and biomechanics are making ever more surprising discoveries, such as the fact that it is (almost) possible to walk without using our brains.
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matter article
Neutrino Hunters
Physics Giant experiments all over the world are trying to break the secret of neutrinos, the elusive and unusual elementary particles discovered in 1956. Their success could change our understanding of matter and the Universe.
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From Phantom Limb to Prosthetic Arm
Robotics For amputees, controlling a robotic prosthesis is far from a perfect solution. It can take months of training before they can perform basic day-to-day operations. In France, a team of researchers, engineers and medical doctors are developing a more natural method for controlling such a...
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There’s Science in Comics
Science Communication ERCcOMICS, a European communications project initiated to promote science to the general public, was featured at the 46th Angoulême International Comics Festival. Many comics were printed for the occasion, including Estrella, a space-time exploration of the matter that makes up our cosmos. We met...
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matter article
A Leap Forward for the Heritage Sciences
Heritage This February, the world’s leading experts in ancient materials research convened in Paris for the World Meeting on Heritage, Sciences and Technologies. For Loïc Bertrand, director of the IPANEMA laboratory and co-organiser of the event, the meeting is yet another sign of the renewal of the...
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society article
Training AI to Detect Cyberbullying
Artificial Intelligence Artificial intelligence has turned into a surprising, but effective ally in the fight against cyberbullying, a phenomenon that primarily involves teenagers.
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society video
The Pianist and the Scientists
Acoustics Most professional pianists believe that their unique way of playing—posture, fine hand movements—defines a specific piano sound. A team of researchers and professional piano players are testing this hypothesis using special microphones and an array of motion capture sensors.
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society article
Of Bees and Men
Archaeology Whether wild or domesticated, beehives have been used by humans for thousands of years. Representations and archaeological traces since prehistory and technical treatises for historical periods have offered a glimpse into this long coexistence, as the first interdisciplinary conference devoted to...
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