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This month in science (October 2023)
life space article
Investigating the origins of life
Planetology How do planets form? How did life emerge from lifeless matter? Does it exist elsewhere? These are just some of the questions that the multidisciplinary Origins programme will attempt to answer.
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life matter article
Sugars: turning foes into friends to fight infections
Biochemistry Glycobiology, or study of the biological functions of saccharides, is a fully fledged research field that could one day lead to novel treatments for infections.
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society digital article
Silicon Valley, a sociologist in the tech kingdom
Inquiry Behind its easy-going, accessible appearance, Silicon Valley is a black box that is difficult to grasp. The sociologist Olivier Alexandre provides some keys for doing so, after spending several years there.
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life article
Unlocking the secrets of marine genomes
Marine biology Launched on 26 September, the ATLASea research programme will investigate marine biodiversity in mainland France and its overseas territories over a period of eight years. The aim is to collect as many organisms as possible in order to set up the world’s only marine genome bank.
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matter article
A brighter shade of red
Archaeology The Natufian culture developed between 13,000 and 9,650 years ago in northern Israel, on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean. Recent discoveries suggest that these hunter-gatherers used red pigments of organic origin for the first time.
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life article
Does thought have its own language?
Interview How do our ideas, perceptions and emotions take form to produce a thought? To answer this question, researchers and philosophers are investigating the hypothesis of a specific language of thought. The psycholinguist Isabelle Dautriche offers a few explanations.
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life video
Inside the mind of a baby
cognitive sciences

How does a baby’s mind work? They may be small, but from their very first moments, human beings are always absorbing information. And while they may not learn to stand up until they’re roughly a year old, they start to learn language much sooner. But how does a...

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life article
Amazing animal cultures
Animal intelligence As this month saw the celebration of World Animal Day, more and more studies demonstrate the existence of animal cultures and social transmission within a given species. Discover another instalment from our series devoted to animal intelligence.
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life diaporama
Bringing Alsace's hamsters back from the brink
Ecology European hamsters, declared critically endangered since 2020, have seen three quarters of their global population disappear in the past 50 years. Intensive cereal monoculture has been identified as one of the reasons for this decline. In the northeastern French region of Alsace, the only one where...
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