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Newsletter November 2020

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This month in science (November 2020)
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“The origin of SARS-CoV-2 is being seriously questioned”
11.09.2020
Virology Nearly a year after the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was identified, researchers have yet to determine how it “jumped species” to infect humans. Virologist Étienne Decroly discusses the various hypotheses, including that of an accidental leak from a laboratory.
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society article
Understanding society’s reactions to terrorism
11.12.2020
Sociology The CNRS sociologist Gérôme Truc has been studying societies’ reactions to terrorist attacks for more than 15 years. At a time when national unity is once again being undermined by the phenomenon, the researcher examines its impact on society, based on original studies in the human and social sciences.
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matter society article
MISTRALS gives fresh impetus to research in the Mediterranean
11.22.2020
Environment The MISTRALS research programme, set up under the auspices of the CNRS, is finally coming to an end after ten years of activity. It has enabled more than 1000 scientists from 23 countries to study the environmental and global changes in the Mediterranean region.
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Also this month
life article
Which vaccines for Covid-19?
11.22.2020
Virology No fewer than 180 candidate vaccines against Covid-19 are being developed around the world and 40 are currently in clinical trials. How do these vaccines work? And how can we measure their effectiveness?
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society
A promising salivary test
11.21.2020
molecular biology Scientists have developed an easy and cheap solution to Covid-19 testing. The saliva-based test EasyCov can be done anywhere, and provides accurate results in under an hour.
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life article
society
Social inequality impacts stroke recovery
11.11.2020
Neuroscience By considering criteria other than purely biological or medical, such as language ability, social background, and gender, hospital practitioners and scientists have developed strategies for improving the treatment of patients who have suffered a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), or stroke.
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digital
A capsule to explore the intestine
11.03.2020
Engineering A Paris-based research team has developed a capsule to swallow that will produce images and 3D maps of the intestine. A new era is dawning in colorectal cancer screening.
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society
The memory of 13 November gradually comes to light
11.16.2020
Neuropsychology Since the attacks of November 2015, the “13 November” research programme has endeavoured to understand how the individual and collective memory of such an event is formed. Five years after the tragedy, scientists share their initial findings.
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digital
Mapping the genetic relations between ancient populations
11.23.2020
Mathematics New mathematical tools have improved our ability to interpret the information contained in ancient DNA samples. Bioinformaticians have developed a model that can visualise the migrations and gene flows of populations from prehistoric Europe.
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And the latest from the CNRS
Press Releases
19.11.2020
Greater mosquito susceptibility to Zika virus fueled the epidemic
19.11.2020
Machine learning: a breakthrough in the study of stellar nurseries
9.11.2020
A biomimetic membrane for desalinating seawater on an industrial scale
9.11.2020
From green to orange, where does the diversity of cyanobacteria colours come from?
6.11.2020
Has the hidden matter of the Universe been discovered?
29.10.2020
Towards next-generation molecule-based magnets
27.10.2020
Surprisingly mature galaxies in the early Universe
23.10.2020
High-temperature, low carbon processes: the challenge for the new Canopée laboratory
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