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Newsletter May 2020

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This month in science (May 2020)
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“Humanity has always lived with viruses”
04.27.2020
History From the black plague to the Spanish flu, Ebola and now Covid-19, our societies have weathered a number of severe health crises, as historian Anne Rasmussen recounts.
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space article
Juno Lifts Jupiter’s Veil
05.04.2020
astrophysics The Juno spacecraft has been in orbit around Jupiter for nearly four years, shedding light on the dynamics and internal structure of the gas giant. CNRS News takes a look at the first results from the mission, which was initially planned to last 18 months but may now be extended until 2026.
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life article
Dinosaur Footprints on a Cave Ceiling
05.12.2020
Paleontology The footprints of sauropods, thirty-metre-long herbivorous dinosaurs, have been found on the roof of a cave located beneath the Causse MĂ©jean plateau, in southeastern France. CNRS News talked to the palaeontologist Jean-David Moreau, who has published an article about this astonishing discovery.
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Also this month
society billet
Research Ethics in a Health Crisis
05.05.2020
Ethics Are ethics and scientific integrity a luxury that can be foregone in a situation as critical as the current pandemic? Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, the chairman of the CNRS Ethics Committee (COMETS), addresses the question in this analysis.
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digital
Coronavirus Research at a Glance
05.06.2020
Computer science The Paris-based ISC-PIF Institute has published a series of maps generated from automated analysis of all scientific publications devoted to Covid-19. Its director explains the value of these visualisations for research and the public.
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society
The Environmental Crisis Is far more Urgent Today
05.13.2020
Ecology According to Serge Morand, an ecologist and evolutionary biologist at the CNRS and CIRAD, researchers in ecology and the environmental sciences are more politically-minded than they were 20 or 30 years ago. Projects that combine scientific research with political action involving local communities...
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life article
society
Meditation Has a Direct Effect on our Stress
05.11.2020
Neuroscience A subject of scientific studies in recent years, meditation is proving to be an effective antidote for stress and suffering in these times of abrupt change and uncertainty. The neuroscientist Antoine Lutz explains why in this interview.
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digital
Graphs to Help plan Deconfinement?
05.04.2020
Computer science The computer scientist Claire Mathieu explains how graph theory can help model the propagation of Covid-19, and assess the relevance of several confinement scenarios.
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Unlocking the Secrets of Click Languages
05.13.2020
Linguistics Tanzania’s Rift Valley has one of the greatest concentrations of linguistic diversity in all of Africa. Among the dozens of tongues native to the region, Hadza and Iraqw, two languages characterised by complex consonants, were recently studied for the first time using laboratory equipment....
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