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Newsletter May 2022

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This month in science (May 2022)
space article
Black hole Sgr A* unmasked
Astronomy Scientists were aware there was a huge object hidden at the centre of the Milky Way, and they also knew it had no hair. The EHT collaboration has now obtained the very first image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Galaxy.
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society earth article
Sustainable cities to fight climate change
Interview One of the five main objectives of the EU’s Horizon Europe research programme is to see 100 cities attain carbon neutrality by 2030. Christophe Ménézo, a specialist in photovoltaic solar energy, explains how research is taking up the challenge.
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society article
Latin graffiti are precious witnesses of the past
epigraphy Between the 7th and 16th centuries, anonymous pilgrims and other travellers left behind traces of their presence throughout the eastern Mediterranean region, where the walls of sacred sites are emblazoned with thousands of Latin inscriptions to this day. The Graph-East project was launched for the purpose of studying and analysing these fragments of history.
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Also this month
digital article
When cyber-attacks target hardware
Computer science Hackers and researchers are taking increasing interest in hardware attacks on electronic devices. These attacks can circumvent security protocols, track Internet users, or simply destroy machines.
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society article
Climate-related risks are still denied
climatology What impact do the IPCC reports have? Do society, the media and politicians take enough notice of them? Do climate sceptics still have significant influence? CNRS News talked to Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I, which assesses the physical science underpinning climate...
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society article
Saving our water resources
Interview Restoring our oceans, seas, and coastal and inland waters by 2030 is the goal of the Horizon Europe programme's Mission Starfish 2030. Agathe Euzen, deputy scientific director of the CNRS Institute of Ecology and Environment tells CNRS News about what the Mission is setting out to do.
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life video
Feeling virtual reality at last
Haptics "Imagine stepping into a virtual world, walking through an orchard. You want to pick an apple, and when you grab it, you can feel it in your hand, as if it were real. Transforming the world of virtual reality into a truly tactile experience is the aim of the research project carried out by...
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society article
Forgotten dates in Europe's history (4/4)
History To round off our series, taken from the book “Chroniques de l'Europe” published by CNRS Éditions, join Belgian women workers on strike for equal pay, find out how America's Internet profited from the invention of the World Wide Web in a European organisation based in Switzerland, and hark back to...
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space article
Astronomers discover micronovae
Astronomy Based on observations by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, a team of astronomers has discovered a new type of stellar explosion. A million times less powerful than novae and much more short-lived, these explosions have been dubbed micronovae.
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