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Newsletter June 2018

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This month in science (June 2018)
life article
In the Middle of a Shark Feeding Frenzy
Marine biology On Fakarava, an atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago, hundreds of grey reef sharks gather for nocturnal feeding frenzies—which are much more organized than expected. The biologist Johann Mourier and underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta plunged into the midst of these predators, recording their adventure in a recent documentary.
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society article
Football's many Revolutions
Ethnology The most popular sport in the world, football—known as soccer to Americans—is not just about fans: it is an intriguing topic of research for social scientists. Among them is the ethnologist Christian Bromberger, who gives his insight on the sport's many transformations over the last decades.
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Allergies: towards New Therapeutic Options
Health Pollen is widespread this time of the year and its associated allergies are rife. CNRS News takes this opportunity to review these fast-growing diseases, their treatment and—above all—a new therapeutic target that is much coveted by the pharmaceutical industry. Senior researcher Jean-Philippe Girard and researcher Corinne Cayrol, both allergy specialists, provide expert insight into this issue.
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Also this month
society article
Saving Afghanistan's Incredible Heritage
Archaeology For nearly a century, the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan (DAFA) has been drawing up an inventory of the archaeological heritage of one of the world’s most unstable countries. Some 5000 sites have already been discovered, both on the ground and from the air. They reveal Afghanistan'...
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life article
Mind-reading Technology Moves Forward
Neurobiology An innovative strategy for decoding motor intention from brain signals—of particular value to the motor-impaired—now promises faster, more accurate detection of the movements intended by users.
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society article
Transidentity and Transphobia in the Classroom
Sociology Transphobia does not stop at the school gates. Indeed, it can have severely damaging effects on the psychological well-being, involvement in activities and social relations of young transgender people. The sociologist Arnaud Alessandrin reveals the initial findings of an ongoing study on the health...
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The Mysterious Ruins of Loropeni
Archaeology Who built this fortress? When and for what goal? Protected by walls six meters high, with no visible entrance, the ruins of Loropeni in South-Western Burkina Faso raise more questions than answers.
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life article
Studying Bees with Connected Flowers
Ethology Little is known about how bees select flowers and move among them. With high school students, the researcher Mathieu Lihoreau has developed an original device to elucidate the behaviour of these pollinating insects. He tells CNRS News about his "connected flower"—and participatory approach.
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The Small Business of Big Football
Economics Football clubs, multinationals... is there really a difference? We use the same vocabulary when speaking about the both of them. But although football—known as soccer in the US—seems to fit the bill of a truly globalized economy, it is far from being a profitable business, argue economists Luc...
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society article
Confronting Bullying and Harassment at Work
Law Awareness of workplace harassment is rising around the globe. On June 5-8, researchers from a variety of disciplines gathered in Bordeaux for an international conference on this complex phenomenon, which affects a broad range of professional sectors. Legal expert Loïc Lerouge, a co-organizer of the...
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society video
India's Photo Studios: Vanishing Windows Through Time

The advent of digital photography has rendered film obsolete. Photo studios either sell their negatives to salvage the tiny amounts of silver contained in their coating or they just burn them in order to free some space. A team of researchers is trying to collect and save these...

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