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This month in science (November 2023)
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Superconductivity temperatures on the rise
Physics Superconductivity is the property of certain materials that can conduct electric currents with no resistance. This quantum phenomenon is still shrouded in mystery, and until now has been limited to very low temperatures. Yet all this could soon change.
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AI detects the early signs of multiple sclerosis
Artificial Intelligence In an effort to gain a better understanding of the development of multiple sclerosis and diagnose it before the first symptoms appear, scientists are designing statistical and artificial intelligence (AI) methods to build models of the evolution of brain structures.
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Illicit drugs: In the name of the law
Public health After decades of repressive legislation, the way in which societies regulate the use of psychoactive substances is evolving but remains decidedly ambiguous.
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Understanding vertigo
Neurology The third most common reason for consulting a doctor, vertigo and its causes are increasingly well understood. Numerous options are being explored to relieve patients.
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Anthropology, silence and the Mafia
Interview How can one study a criminal organisation that, as one of its most basic principles, denies its own existence? To this end, the political anthropologist Deborah Puccio-Den has developed a new paradigm: the anthropology of silence.
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A world of warehouses
Sociology Essential links in the global economic system, the number and size of warehouses has increased sharply across the planet. The sociologist Delphine Mercier explains why she is interested in this “warehouse economy”.
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The challenges of frugal AI
Artificial Intelligence As the development of artificial intelligence (AI) demands ever more energy, how can its impact on climate change be limited?
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