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Newsletter July 2017

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This month in science (July 2017)
earth article
Now in HD: the Earth’s Turbulent Core
Geophysics Taking a deep dive into our planet’s turbulent core 3000 kilometers below surface level, geophysicists have emerged with high-definition 3D simulations showing the hidden mechanisms that govern the Earth’s magnetic field.
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life article
From Egg-Snatchers to Egg-Hatchers
Paleontology French and Chinese scientists have hatched an innovative geochemical method that can be used on fossilized eggs to determine the incubation strategies of extinct species like the oviraptosaur—no longer believed to be an “egg-snatcher.”
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matter billet
Scientists in the Cockpit
Engineering From engines to landing gear, science is present everywhere on board an aircraft. Following last month's Paris Air Show, here is a quick overview of recent advances, arising in particular from research conducted by CNRS laboratories.
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Also this month
life article
Untangling the Jungle of Viruses
Bioinformatics A new bioinformatics software, developed by a team of researchers from France and the Netherlands, is capable of establishing a genome map of the principal variants in the same viral population. This technical prowess could enable very rapid identification of the characteristics of viral strains...
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society article
A Closer Look at Asia
Humanities Following the French Network for Asian Studies International Conference, which was held on June 26-28 at Sciences Po Paris, Sébastien Lechevalier and Rémi Madinier explain the value of focusing on a region and bringing together researchers from all disciplines within a single Scientific Interest...
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earth diaporama
Climate: what Forests Teach Us
Environment In the Mediterranean region, various platforms provide information about the impact of climate change on ecosystems. In particular, they simulate the decline in rainfall, one of the main threats to biodiversity in the area. Researchers at the Mediterranean Institute of Marine and Terrestrial...
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life article
How Cats Conquered the World
Genetics Today’s domestic cat is a descendant of the wildcats that inhabited the Middle East during the Neolithic age. Researchers at the Institut Jacques Monod have retraced its genetic footsteps for the first time and have shown how felines followed the population of farming peoples making their way from...
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life video
Breaking the Code of Ant Nests
Ethology Ants build highly-complex nests that constantly adapt to their environment. How can such complexity arise from simple individual behaviors? A team of researchers has broken their code.
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matter billet
Pretzels, Bagels, Doughnuts… and Topology
Mathematics Can treats from the bakery be an aid to understanding physics? In any case, it is the approach taken by the Nobel Committee to shed light on the work of the three winners of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, whose theoretical discoveries have solved some of the mysteries surrounding the nature of...
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matter billet
Can we Test Parallel Universes?
astrophysics Schrödinger’s cat, a thought experiment in quantum mechanics, points to the possibility of parallel universes. Physicist Aurélien Barrau believes that one day, it will be possible to devise scientific tests to investigate this outlandish hypothesis!
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life billet
Studying Elephants’ Sleep Patterns to Understand our Own?
Animal Science A recent study reveals that these large mammals, known for their legendary memory, only have short phases of sleep. This surprising discovery could give rise to new strategies for combating insomnia.
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