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Newsletter March 2023

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This month in science (March 2023)
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Long-standing consensus on the human origin of global warming
Climate On the occasion of the forthcoming publication of the Synthesis Report of the Sixth IPCC Assessment Report, the science historian Hélène Guillemot explains how knowledge on climate change has improved since the 19th century, eventually demonstrating the reality of global warming.
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The turbulent world of Bérengère Dubrulle
Portrait The physicist Bérengère Dubrulle has won the Irène Joliot-Curie Female Scientist of the Year prize 2022, awarded by the French Academy of Sciences. Yet another distinction for this specialist in turbulence, who has in particular developed a new model of planetary formation.
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Investigating climate sceptics’ disinformation strategy on Twitter
Climate As part of the Climatoscope project, David Chavalarias and his colleagues are studying the structure, tactics and arguments of climate change sceptics on Twitter. The goal of these highly-organised networks, which have become particularly active in recent months, is to sow doubt about the reality of climate change, and put the brakes on any action aimed at reducing human impact on the climate.
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Also this month
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Focusing on targeted treatments against cancer
Health The result of advances in chemistry, innovative molecules offer glimpses of more effective and less restrictive cancer treatments that have fewer adverse effects. CNRS research units and the start-ups they gave rise to are in the front line of a war being waged over a wide front.
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Is the concept of GDP compatible with the ecological transition?
Economy It has been the very foundation of post-war economic policies, but is the idea of GDP compatible with the goals of the ecological transition? According to some economists, this purely monetary indicator does not factor in certain “irreversibilities” – namely, environmental damage.
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To the rescue of Arizona’s waterways
In the US State of Arizona, it is not unusual to see rivers that have dried up. Some only flow in specific sections or at certain times of the year. They are known as intermittent rivers. At the CNRS iGlobes laboratory, located within the University of Arizona, researchers study these...
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Do women enjoy better muscle recovery?
Biology An increasing number of women are outperforming men in very long ultra-trail races. Do they enjoy better endurance and muscle recovery? Should they be offered different training to reach their full potential? To find out, Caroline Nicol and her colleagues at the Institute of Movement Sciences (ISM...
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Fani Maoré, the submarine volcano that shook Mayotte
Geoscience In 2018, the island of Mayotte, a French territory in the Indian Ocean, was rocked by one of the largest underwater volcanic eruptions ever recorded. The scientific activity triggered by the event led to a series of discoveries that have shed fresh light on the tectonics in the region, which is now...
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Forests faced with climate change
Ecology Ahead of the One Forest Summit scheduled on 1-2 March 2023 in Libreville, Gabon, the ecologist Jonathan Lenoir presents the issues involved in preserving forest ecosystems in the context of global warming.
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