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Newsletter May 2021

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This month in science (May 2021)
life matter article
Is ventilation the ultimate weapon against Covid-19?
Physics A group of researchers is set to promote the use of CO2 detectors in classrooms, cafeterias, offices, factories and other enclosed spaces. Their goal is to improve indoor ventilation to help curb the spread of coronavirus.
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life space article
Can humans withstand long spaceflights?
physiology Space travel, an old human dream, is still no pleasure cruise. It involves major physiological and psychological challenges that researchers are working hard to take up.
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Also this month
society article
Modern-day slavery is the exploitation of vulnerability
Sociology While 10 May marks the commemoration of France’s abolition of slavery in 1848, more than 170 years on, this tragic phenomenon remains a reality. The number of victims worldwide, in the form of forced labour, forced criminality or sexual exploitation, is thought to exceed 40 million. In France,...
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life article
Chemists in the GAVO project set out to tackle viruses
Chemistry Because viruses can only replicate their genetic material by hijacking cell machinery, focusing on this crucial step may halt the infection. Scientists are collaborating within the GAVO project to synthesise molecules that could block the replication of RNA viruses such as Covid-19.
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life article
Bioinformatics, a key ally in the fight against Covid-19
Bioinformatics Bioinformatics—a relatively new scientific discipline—uses models and algorithms to analyse the avalanche of data produced by biologists. It has played a crucial role in deciphering the origin and functioning of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
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life article
Rock art and bats don’t mix
Archaeology Did the former presence of huge bat colonies in the caves of southern France have an impact on palaeolithic rock art? This is the hypothesis put forward by the geoarchaeologist Laurent Bruxelles, who highlights the spectacular alterations made by these animals to the appearance of cavities.
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society article
The end of the death penalty marked a sharp turn in French history
History An emblematic figure in the fight against the death penalty in France, Robert Badinter died on 9 February 2024. CNRS News looks back at a long and turbulent struggle that fuelled the political and public debate for centuries.
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society billet
Targeted political advertising raises a number of issues
Computer science What can we do when a technology created to promote commercial products is used to influence people's political opinions?
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In the Alps, climate change affects biodiversity
Africa’s oldest human burial site uncovered
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