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newsletter May 2024

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This month in science (May 2024)
life article
Mechanobiology exerts creative pressure
Biology Numerous cellular phenomena are guided by mechanical forces, such as embryonic development or the spread of metastases. These phenomena are the subject of intense research aimed at understanding how they are translated into biological processes. Particular emphasis is being placed on new opportunities to treat diseases as resistant as cancer or fibrosis.
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matter society article
Is CO2 capture the key to carbon neutrality?
Engineering The European Commission is adamant: carbon capture and storage (CCS) will play a key role in the fight against climate change. But just how does CCS work? How widespread is this technology? And what obstacles stand in its way? CNRS News takes a closer look.
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matter article
Alexander Kuhn, the chemist who breaks the rules
Portrait The winner of the 2023 CNRS Silver Medal, Alexander Kuhn has marked the scientific community with his research in electrochemistry, which is of interest in fields ranging from pharmaceuticals to robotics. An interview with this incredibly creative researcher who is passionate about experimentation.
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life article
Pharmacognosy brings nature to our medicine chests
Interview Professor Mehdi Beniddir, both a researcher in chemistry and a pharmacist, explains how pharmacognosy makes it possible to develop new medicinal drugs from substances found in nature.
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life diaporama
When science breaks Olympic records
Sports Posture, behaviour, preparation… Everything that athletes do is of interest to science. For the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the CNRS is pulling out all the stops to support the French competitors. The goal is to fine-tune their performance and help them bring home those much-coveted medals, all while...
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digital article
Enter the matrices!
Mathematics Whether it is performed by humans or computers, matrix multiplication is a tiresome task. Researchers are striving to reduce the time and number of steps required to solve such operations.
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earth video
Sicilian fault under close surveillance
Marine geophysics Off the coast of the Sicilian town of Catania, an oceanographic mission studied the activity of North ALFEO, a submarine fault discovered only a decade ago. In partnership with the French daily, this report takes you on board the Atalante to unravel the mysteries of this tectonic fault.
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