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This month in science (September 2022)
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Meet the world's fastest microrobot
nanotechnology It is an event that has shaken up the small world of robotics: a nanorobot named MiGriBot (Miniaturized Gripper Robot) just broke the world speed record for object manipulation. Behind this achievement is a French team led by Redwan Dahmouche.
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Remediating soil and water with plants
Ecology She has just been awarded the 2022 European Inventor Award. Claude Grison, director of the ChimEco laboratory, has developed phytoremediation methods for decontaminating soil and water, using plants. Better still, the metals recovered serve as “green” catalysts to synthesise drugs or cosmetics. CNRS News takes a closer look at her technique based on the floating primrose-willow, an invasive exotic plant that proliferates in southern France.
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When glass and light make sparks
Optics Like the light they conduct, optical fibres span a wide range of applications from telecommunications to medical sensors. On the occasion of the 2022 International Year of Glass, here’s an overview of advances in this field, in which scientists are particularly creative to endow these tiny strands of glass with new properties.
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French team tops RoboCup
Robotics The French RoboBreizh team won the main event at RoboCup 2022, the world's most prestigious robotics tournament. It was in the "@Home" category, which focuses on home help, that the Brest team's expertise in embedded programming made the difference.
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Making applications more energy-efficient
Computer science It is a genuine environmental problem: mobile applications seem to consume ever more energy. In Lille (northern France), the software science researcher Romain Rouvoy and his team are working to make these software programs more efficient.
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life article
AI rates the beauty of tropical fish
Ecology Researchers have trained an artificial intelligence (AI) system to assess the visual appeal of 2,400 species of coral reef fish and rockfish. The results show that the fish that we find “less attractive” are those with, collectively, the greatest variety of ecological characteristics and the...
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Art and the ages of life
Philosophy A philosopher of art and language, Jean-Marie Schaeffer depicts the relationship between the arts and the different ages of life. Examining how the phases of human existence are represented in artworks, he traces the evolution of people’s relations with creativity over the course of their lifetime...
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space article
Artemis: To the Moon and beyond
Astronomy It's off to the Moon. 29 August was to mark the beginning of the Artemis space programme. These lunar exploration missions should lead to the return of a human crew to the Moon by 2027. The goal is to settle there for the long term, with the sights set on Mars next. An overview with Jessica Flahaut...
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Walking with our ancestors
Palaeoanthropology How did Australopitecus, Homo habilis and our other ancestors or "cousins" walk? To find out, the biomechanists and computer scientists from the HoBis project are modelling the movements of humans equipped with sensors, as well as baboons, who occasionally walk on their two hind legs.
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