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Newsletter November 2017

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This month in science (November 2017)
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A Medieval Treasure Discovered in Cluny
11.14.2017
Archaeology A major cultural and religious hub of medieval Europe, the Abbey of Cluny has yet to reveal all of its secrets. Archaeologists at the site have recently discovered a hoard of gold and silver dating from the 12th century, hidden in the old infirmary. Among many types of coins, the cache contained precious Islamic dinars.
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Marie Curie, Pioneer and Double Nobel Prize Winner
11.15.2017
Physics Marie Curie was born on 7 November 1867, almost 150 years to the day. While a host of events are planned this year to celebrate her brilliant achievements, including a large exhibition at the Panthéon in Paris, CNRS historian Denis Guthleben looks back at her career, marked among other things by two Nobel Prizes in two different disciplines.
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Mapping Our Way Out of Disaster
11.10.2017
Imaging When natural or human-induced disasters strike, emergency services have to race against the clock to bring timely support to populations in trouble. First off the blocks are crisis-mappers—like those at the SERTIT—whose vital role is to track a catastrophe’s impact so that aid can follow.
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The Ethics and Morals of Self-driving Cars
11.07.2017
Psychology When a car accident is unavoidable, is it better to sacrifice the lives of passengers or pedestrians? It is on this type of moral dilemmas that the "Moral Machine" simulator developed by the cognitive psychologist Jean-François Bonnefon, will test you.
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earth
A Carousel for Science
11.06.2017
Fluid mechanics The Coriolis rotating platform is the world’s only research structure of its kind devoted to fluid mechanics. First set up in the 1960s at the Laboratoire des écoulements géophysiques et industriels (LEGI) in Grenoble, it was rebuilt in 2014 with enhanced performance. It enables scientists from...
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Gravitational Waves Reveal Neutron Star Merger
10.16.2017
Physics A series of observations on an unprecedented scale combining detection of gravitational waves and electromagnetic signals at all wavelengths sheds light on unsolved mysteries of astrophysics.
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The Boom and Bust of Spanish Bricks
10.24.2017
Sociology Bricks, the first film by sociologist Quentin Ravelli, was released in October. This documentary about the Spanish financial crisis offers vivid insights into the plight of victims of toxic loans along with an overview of the capitalist financial system.
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Versailles, from one Century to the Next
11.09.2017
History The Palace of Versailles has always been enlarged and converted to meet the needs of each successive sovereign. The Verspera project aims to create a 3D model of the Palace as it was throughout the ages, by digitizing thousands of plans. In a special preview, CNRS News unveils Mignard’s Gallery,...
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The New Masters of Time
10.13.2017
Physics 50 years ago, on October 13, 1967, the second—the unit of time—was no longer defined by stars, but by atoms. In this quest for precision, scientists are now inventing the clocks of the future, that will let us express time with greater accuracy, and also revisit the fundamental laws of physics....
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Overloaded Ecosystems
10.20.2017
Environment An environmental disaster in Brittany, blooms of green algae provide evidence of a rapidly-growing occurrence caused by pollution: eutrophication. A scientific report published on 19 September 2017 sheds light on the causes, risks and ways of containing a phenomenon that takes place when aquatic...
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Why Baudelaire Continues to Fascinate
11.14.2017
Literature On the 150th anniversary of the death of Baudelaire, André Guyaux, literary historian at the Sorbonne, explains why the poet’s work is more topical than ever.
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Press Releases
13.11.2017
World's longest sauropod dinosaur trackway brought to light
7.11.2017
Modeling social interactions to improve collective decision-making
2.11.2017
Genetic history: Searching for the African roots of Noir Marron communities
2.11.2017
Learning a mother tongue: A universal process?
1.11.2017
Ensuring the survival of elephants in Laos: a matter of economics
International Cooperation
Spain•Spintronics
CNRS-CSIC Workshop in Madrid: Trends on Spintronics and Nanomagnetism
United States•Institutional
Signature of a cooperation agreement between the IN2P3 and Fermilab
Japan•Institutional
Renewal of the partnership agreement between Kyoto University and the CNRS
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