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This month in science (October 2019)
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Hard at Work Inside Notre-Dame
Archaeology Every single piece of debris from the Notre-Dame blaze is being collected by scientists. Working in coordination with rope access technicians and mini-excavators, a team of researchers are hard at work recovering the charred beams, hoping to unveil the secrets they hold. Last summer, CNRS News caught up with them at the cathedral site to see how they were getting on.
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A Different Perspective on African History
History An archaeologist and historian who specialises in Africa, François-Xavier Fauvelle wages a tireless battle against the prejudices concerning that continent. Recently elected professor at the Collège de France, he will take the opportunity of his inaugural lecture in October to challenge the prevailing perceptions of African history. As he explains in this interview…
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Detecting Neutrinos at the Bottom of the Sea
Physics To study neutrinos, some the most elusive particles known to physics, an international team of researchers and engineers are building an ambitious detector called KM3NeT at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.
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The Paris Agreement Must be Complied with Urgently
Oceanography The conclusions of the latest IPCC Special Report on the impact of climate change on the oceans are devastating. CNRS News talks about the specifics with Jean-Pierre Gattuso, an oceanographer at the CNRS and co-author of the Report.
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digital billet
Let’s Talk about Robotics and AI
Robotics Can robots replace us today or in the future? For what tasks? Will artificial intelligence surpass human intelligence? Below are some answers provided by the roboticist Jean-Paul Laumond.
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society billet
Vaccine Hesitancy: is France the World Champion?
Medicine Distrust of certain vaccines may reflect much broader problems, such as confidence in the French healthcare system. That is the view of the sociologist Jeremy Ward, who has looked at the reasons for French reluctance, which needs to be differentiated from diehard anti-vaccine movements.
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“Music Opens the Way to all Cultural Worlds”
Anthropology The sixth edition of the Haizebegi festival, dedicated to the “worlds of music” and the social sciences, recently took place in Bayonne. For its director, the anthropologist Denis Laborde, studying musical works and ways of playing music sheds crucial light on social relations.
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digital article
Supercomputers: the Stakes in the Global Race
Computer science French research has just equipped itself with a new supercomputer called Jean Zay, one of the most powerful in Europe. What will this supercomputer change? How are France and Europe positioning themselves in the global landscape? Scientific and geopolitical context is provided by Jamal Atif, the...
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How to Fight Deforestation in the Amazon?
Geography The geographer Ludivine Eloy offers her interpretation of the intensifying fires in Amazonia, and identifies avenues for combatting the deforestation that is weakening the world’s largest forest.
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life article
An Anthropological Approach to Biomimicry
Anthropology From industrial adhesives inspired by gecko feet to traditional dances imitating the movements of animals, humans have drawn an infinite number of ideas from nature. This biomimicry often reveals fascinating social mechanisms. A discussion with anthropologists Perig Pitrou and Lauren Kamili, who...
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matter article
Sensors Weave their Web
Engineering Whether they track animal populations, monitor air quality, or optimise our energy consumption, sensors are increasingly being used to study the environment. A great deal of research has been conducted to improve their sensitivity, independence, and communication.
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