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Newsletter January 2023

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This month in science (January 2023)
space digital article
New algorithm helps satellites avoid space debris
Computer science A CNRS research team is developing a computer program to calculate the risk of collision between a satellite and orbiting debris in real time.
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earth article
Determining the role of climate change in extreme weather events
Meteorology Whatever the time of year, our planet is increasingly impacted by extreme weather events, such as devastating floods and storms, heat waves, and cold spells. But how can we be sure that climate change is responsible for a particular phenomenon? Scientists have recently made huge strides in answering this crucial question.
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life article
The exposome, exposure of a lifetime
Health As we now know that diseases originate from a combination of genetics and the environment, research on the exposome aims to characterise all the environmental determinants of health.
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life video
Organoids : laboratory brains for research
Biology Dyslexia, autism, rare diseases… What factors are responsible for the neurodevelopmental disorders that affect an increasing number of children? This report, published in collaboration with, features physicians and scientists who study the formation...
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digital article
An underwater robot to clean up coastal areas
Robotics Tested this year in Venice, the Maelstrom project's seabed cleaning platform uses a robot to recover marine litter. The robot is controlled by a system of cables and can operate down to a maximum depth of twenty metres.
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matter article
Learning the lessons of the Hunga Tonga eruption
Geophysics The Hunga Tonga submarine volcano, whose eruption in January 2022 was the most powerful the world has seen in the last thirty years, released massive amounts of water vapour and aerosols into the atmosphere. One year later, researchers are still studying the plume and its effects on the climate.
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society article
“Energy sobriety is not just a matter for individuals”
Interview The sociologist Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier, a member of France’s HCC high council for the climate, talks to CNRS News about the concept of energy sobriety, its goals and the obstacles it faces.
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life article
“Humans caused the overpopulation of wild boars”
Ecology Once rare in the French countryside, the wild boar is now considered a nuisance to be actively hunted. The ecologist Raphaël Mathevet explains how wild boar populations have been growing since the 1970s, and asks the question: what have we done to this wild animal?
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matter diaporama
Detecting muons in Iceland
Particle physics CNRS News takes you on a trip to the foot of Snaefellsjökull, a volcano in Iceland close to the heart not only of French writer Jules Verne but also of the researchers at the Institute of Physics of the 2 Infinities (IP2I) in Lyon (central eastern France). Their goal is to obtain images of the...
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