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This month in science (June 2020)
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An Ultra-fast Saliva Test to Detect Covid-19
06.15.2020
innovation EasyCov, a diagnostic test developed by researchers from the French laboratory Sys2diag goes on the market today. Portable, it can be carried out anywhere and gives its result in under an hour.
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life digital article
CNRS 2020 Innovation Medallists
06.25.2020
innovation Sophie Brouard, Daniel Hissel, Arnaud Landragin and Franck Molina are the CNRS 2020 Innovation Medallists. Since 2011, the CNRS Innovation Medal rewards figures whose exceptional research work has led to groundbreaking innovation in the technological, economic, therapeutic, and social fields.
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“We need to rethink the balance between humans and non-humans”
06.23.2020
Interview For the anthropologist Philippe Descola, the Covid-19 pandemic may be the opportunity to re-examine Western societies’ relations with nature and develop new social models.
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digital
COVID-19: 1.5 Billion Compounds to Undergo Virtual Screening
05.18.2020
Chemistry French scientists have set up a multidisciplinary, large-scale virtual screening project that should enable them, during the next 18 months, to look at 1.5 billion small molecules in order to identify candidate compounds that are likely to inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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Roland Marchal: “I was an academic hostage”
06.01.2020
Interview The CNRS researcher, who was released on 20 March, talks about his imprisonment in Iran. He wonders whether it will be possible to continue conducting scientific work in that country, especially now that his partner Fariba Adelkhah has been sentenced to a harsh prison term.
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Has confinement turned us into hikikomori?
06.23.2020
Psychology After two months of lockdown, have we become like the hikikomori – the Japanese youngsters who choose to live in isolation, shunning the outside world? Natacha Vellut, a psychosociologist at the CERMES3 laboratory and co-author of a book on the subject, offers her analysis.
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earth
How Airborne is the Virus?
06.04.2020
Physics chemistry In March, an Italian study claiming that pollution particles could be a vector for spreading SARS-CoV-2 made the headlines. The physicist and chemist Jean-François Doussin explains why this thesis does not hold up and tells us what we know about the spread of the virus through the air.
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society
A Sedentary Lifestyle is the Sworn Enemy of our Health
06.12.2020
physiology Sitting down for long periods of time and a lack of physical exercise can disrupt our metabolism and challenge our health, as explained here by the physiologist Audrey Bergouignan. But there is some good news: it is possible to alleviate some of these harmful effects.
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Virology: Between a Marathon and a Race against Time
05.25.2020
Virology The current pandemic has put virology under the spotlight. Mobilised against Covid-19, the discipline also covers a broad range of studies designed to understand, break or circumvent the links between viruses and us.
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And the latest from the CNRS
Press Releases
22.06.2020
Microbubbles controlled by acoustical tweezers for highly localized drug release
22.06.2020
3D reconstructions of boats from the ancient port of Rome
19.06.2020
The Kerguelen oceanic plateau sheds light on the formation of continents
17.06.2020
Quasar jets are particle accelerators thousands of light-years long
9.06.2020
Tuberculosis: discovery of an ancestral lineage in the African Great Lakes region
10.06.2020
A Robot to Track and Film Flying Insects
9.06.2020
Discovering the prehistoric monuments of Arabia
10.06.2020
Discovery of the oldest Chinese work of art
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