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Ariane’s Makeover

Ariane’s Makeover

A new version of the Ariane 5 should be brought to life around 2015. At least if the member states of the European Space Agency decide to launch studies aimed at evolving of the European launcher. This measure will reassure those who worry that the...

In vivo, in vitro... in silico!

In vivo, in vitro... in silico!

Virtual reality has invaded our daily lives, not to mention that of the researcher. Ranging from storing nuclear waste to computer vision, digital simulation has become one of the pillars of science in the XXIst century. Even farmers are not going to...

Teaching Science: not so neutral textbooks…

Teaching Science: not so neutral textbooks…

Teaching children that water evaporates when it reaches close to 100°C, or that metal conducts electricity, does not really cause any ethical or philosophical issues. On the other hand, when textbooks present genetically modified plants as being a...

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Claude Lévi-Strauss: first encounter with the Indians

Claude Lévi-Strauss: first encounter with the Indians

This dean of the Académie Française, where he was elected in 1973, and great ethnologist celebrated his 100th birthday on the 28th November of 2008. In a world that he never really cared for much...

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Mathematics and folding

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Valérie Larose teaches mathematics in the Louise Weiss Junior High School in Nozay (Essonne, France). She shows us how she uses folding to demonstrate different mathematical concepts to pupils aged 11 (6th grade class).

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Junior Conferences at the CEA

Junior Conferences at the CEA

Every trimester, the French National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN), part of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) based in Saclay, France, organises a free conference aimed at young people. Middle and high school students come, sometimes accompanied by their parents, to listen to the researchers describing their work. The topics, often specialized, are always accessible and outlined with concrete examples.

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