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This month in science (June 2024)
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French-Chinese satellite to unlock the secrets of gamma-ray bursts
astrophysics On 22 June, a Chinese Long March 2C rocket launched the SVOM satellite, carrying two French-designed instruments, into orbit. The mission's goals are to investigate the mechanism of gamma-ray bursts and carry out indirect surveys of the intergalactic medium.
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society article
The long-lost sarcophagus of Ramses II has finally been found
Archaeology Solving a long-standing mystery, the sarcophagus of Ramses II has finally been identified based on a piece of granite discovered in Abydos, Egypt… in 2009. Recent analyses of the enigmatic fragment by the Egyptologist Frédéric Payraudeau confirm that it is indeed part of the famous pharaoh’s much-sought-after sarcophagus.
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society digital article
Russian propaganda floods Europe's social networks
Interview As the European elections draw near, Paul Bouchaud, a specialist in algorithms, shows that Meta (the company that owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp) is not preventing pro-Russian propaganda from flooding its platforms with political messages.
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society article
Reaching for the Moon for the sake of humanity
Engineering The “Sanctuary on the Moon” project, launched nearly ten years ago, aims to send a collection of discs containing a vast body of knowledge and material evidence of human civilisation to the Moon.
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society article
The silent heroins of World War II
History As the Allies commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the CNRS historian Denis Peschanski takes a look behind the scenes and celebrates the vital yet long-neglected role of women and foreigners in the French Resistance.
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space article
Astronomy through the back door
Interview Alessandro Morbidelli is a specialist in the evolution and formation of planetary systems, and holds the planetary formation Chair at the Collège de France. The astrophysicist looks back on his career, which has taken him from Italy to the origins of life.
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Carbon sinks, our climate's saving grace
Climate Each year, some 40 billion tonnes of CO₂, one of the main greenhouse gases, are released into the atmosphere. A significant proportion of these is captured by the oceans, vegetation and the soil. The CNRS scientists are trying to better understand these natural carbon sinks, predict their evolution...
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