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Newsletter June 2019

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This month in science (June 2019)
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Multiplication Reinvented
Mathematics Two researchers have developed a new method for multiplying very large numbers. A potentially historic advance for computer science.
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Notre Dame: Research Steps In
Heritage Since the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral on 15 April, many scientists have volunteered their expertise to aid in its restoration. We talked to Philippe Dillmann and Martine Regert, leaders of a CNRS task force in charge of coordinating the various research efforts and compiling the available data.
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Searching for Africa's Earliest Painters
Archaeology There are thousands of cave art sites nested in Zimbabwe's Matobo Hills. A team of archaeologists and cave art specialists have teamed up to try to understand these mysterious paintings.
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Computers: Promises of the Quantum Dawn
Computer science Long a simple physicist's idea, the quantum computer, which promises to revolutionise computing, is increasingly becoming a tangible reality. The first machines able to surpass traditional computers should appear in a few years.
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The Framework of Notre-Dame: Putting an End to Stereotypes
Archaeology Frédéric Épaud, a specialist on medieval frameworks, discusses the falsehoods that circulated after the fire that ravaged Notre-Dame on April 15.
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Decoding the Brain's Internal Language
Neuroscience Providing an overview of our knowledge of the brain and its illnesses, and describing some of the major challenges for neurosciences over the next twenty years, are the twin ambitions of the collective book Le Cerveau en lumières (Shedding Light on the Brain). An interview with Etienne Hirsch and...
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Sweet Eco-friendly Materials
Chemistry Whether they come from plants or animals, sugars are increasingly replacing petroleum-derived products—a success they owe to their striking properties. CNRS News takes a closer look at these surprising materials.
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Little Foot's Brain
Paleoanthropology Discovered in the 1990s, Little Foot is the most complete skeleton of an Australopithecus ever unearthed. Research continues on this exceptional fossil as scientists reveal details about her cognitive abilities using a micro-tomographic scanner.
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Rare Earths, and Afterwards?
Chemistry For reasons that actually have little to do with their abundance, the problems linked to the supply of what are known as "rare" earths could slow the environmental transition. Chemistry can offer some solutions, as the specialist Michel Latroche explains.
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France in 2019: More Critical, More Altruistic
Sociology Since 1981, the surveys conducted every ten years by the European Values Study programme have assessed the values and beliefs of Europe’s citizens. To mark the launch of the book La France des Valeurs, a look at the latest trends in France.
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Where the CNRS Was Born
Biology In 1927, the physicist Jean Perrin founded the Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology (IBPC), a multidisciplinary centre where scientists could dedicate themselves to their research full time. The first institution of its kind in France, it paved the way for the creation of the CNRS.
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