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Newsletter July 2020

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This month in science (July 2020)
space article
A new rover to land on Mars
07.20.2020
astrophysics The Mars 2020 mission is scheduled to launch at the end of July. Its goal is to land the Perseverance rover on the Red Planet and collect samples in the hope of finding signs of past life.
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life society billet
Has the current crisis changed our perception of science?
07.23.2020
Sociology of science The sociologist Michel Dubois expresses his views on the findings of a survey conducted in late May to assess the public’s perception of scientific research.
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matter digital article
Five incredibly talented robots
07.22.2020
Robotics Highly flexible, environmentally friendly, with the agility of a human hand or the ability to interact in groups... Portraits of five incredibly talented robots that could soon make a debut in the fields of health, industry, and underwater exploration.
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Also this month
life article
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COVID-19: Sniffer dogs to the rescue?
07.22.2020
Chemistry Can specially trained dogs be used for coronavirus screening? A research team in northeastern France is investigating the premise that the canine sense of smell can help prevent the emergence of new outbreaks.
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life article
How the brain manages our appetite
07.01.2020
Biology From hunger to satiety, from pleasure to addiction and even disgust: what are the brain mechanisms that determine when it is time to eat or not?
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life article
digital
Exoskeletons to relieve healthcare workers
07.23.2020
Engineering The relief of patients suffering from Covid-19 requires technical gestures that can contribute to the exhaustion of healthcare staff. The ExoTurn project seeks to help them through the use of exoskeletons.
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society article
Private property is all but natural
07.23.2020
History As a historian specialising in the environment, Fabien Locher takes a particular interest in different concepts of property and how they are related to environmental or industrial disasters.
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life video
society
What stressed squirrels can teach us
07.23.2020
Ethology As we have learned in these times of social distancing, living in close-knit communities can be, in certain cases, quite detrimental to individuals! An international team of researchers is studying Canadian ground squirrels to understand how their social organisation affects their health. 
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life article
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Detecting Covid-19 on the breath
07.22.2020
Chemistry A new method, as quick and simple as a breathalyser, was recently tested to detect Covid-19 via the molecules present in exhaled air. Beyond the current pandemic, this could open new avenues for the detection of respiratory pathologies.
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And the latest from the CNRS
Press Releases
21.07.2020
“Winter is coming”: the influence of seasonality on pathogen emergence
20.07.2020
Could mini-Neptunes be irradiated ocean planets?
17.07.2020
Chemical Thermometers Take Temperature to the Nanometric Scale
16.07.2020
ESA releases first images from Solar Orbiter
15.07.2020
How flies flip around on take-off from an upside- down position
6.07.2020
Behind the dead-water phenomenon
2.07.2020
Unprecedented ground-based discovery of two strongly interacting exoplanets
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