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Newsletter February 2022

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This month in science (February 2022)
matter digital article
Order within disorder
02.16.2022
Mathematics What if there was order within the disorder that surrounds us? Researchers are examining phenomena across all scales in order to explain the dynamics of apparently chaotic or disordered systems, such as clouds, stock prices, and deep neural networks.
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matter earth video
The Antarctic: an icy laboratory
02.17.2022
environmental sciences Because of its geographical location, pristine expanses and animal populations, the Antarctic has been a prized location for scientific research over the past few decades. Severely impacted by global warming, it is now also a vital environment for studying climate change. This film offers a glimpse of the research being conducted on the “White Continent”.
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matter earth billet
The thousand and one facets of glass
02.22.2022
Materials The United Nations declared 2022 the International Year of Glass, whose official launch took place on 10 and 11 February in Geneva, Switzerland. Researcher Daniel Neuville provides a brief yet eye-opening overview of the huge range of science-related issues surrounding this material of the future.
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Also this month
society article
digital
The metaverse at the crossroads of illusions
02.08.2022
Computer science An inevitable evolution... or just a fad? The computer scientist Michel Beaudouin-Lafon provides an uncompromising analysis of the metaverse, the virtual world that some digital companies are pinning high hopes on.
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life article
A century after BCG, a global forum tackles tuberculosis
02.21.2022
vaccinology A century after the first inoculation with BCG, tuberculosis continues to exert its devastating effects; the vaccine offers poor protection for adults and the bacilli are displaying increasing resistance to antibiotic therapy. From 22 to 25 February 2022, the 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines brought...
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society billet
digital
A tremendously costly error
02.16.2022
Computer science Computer scientist and mathematician Jean-Paul Delahaye explains why Bitcoin’s electricity consumption is a major flaw that should result in it being banned or replaced by less energy-intensive cryptocurrencies. 
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life article
CĂ©cile Charrier, a head full of synapses
02.23.2022
Neuroscience The biologist Cécile Charrier, winner of the Irène Joliot-Curie “Young Female Scientist” award in 2021, has been trying for several years to unlock the secrets of the neural circuits in our brains.
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society article
Forgotten dates in Europe’s history (1/4)
02.13.2022
History In the first episode of our series on European history, we take a look at the movements advocating the abolition of the death penalty, the execution of Europe's last witch, and the struggle for an eight-hour working day.
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life article
Choosing a vaccination strategy to deal with Covid variants
02.22.2022
Virology How can the appearance of a new variant that will affect the efficacy of vaccination against Covid be prevented? New models provide a clearer understanding of this phenomenon, in order to anticipate it and adapt our vaccine strategies.
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And the latest from the CNRS
Press Releases
9.02.2022
Antoine Petit reappointed as head of the CNRS for a second term
21.02.2022
Balkanatolia: the forgotten continent that sheds light on the evolution of mammals
21.02.2022
Rats can estimate their timing accuracy
16.02.2022
What lies behind a baby’s eyes
7.02.2022
New calculations of worldwide glacial flows and volumes
3.02.2022
Massive methane emissions by oil and gas industry detected from space
3.02.2022
Earth’s water was around before Earth
2.02.2022
Cosmic water cloud reveals the temperature of the early Universe
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