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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 launcher Ariane 5 may not be able to keep up with...

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 be outdone and will soon have real "digital"...

Genopole®, a ten year race to competitiveness

Genopole®, a ten year race to competitiveness

Over the past ten years, Genopole®, with its focus on genomic and genetic research, has been instrumental in putting France on the global biotechnology map. Bringing academic research together with innovative businesses, this outstanding biopark has set its sights first and foremost on developing...

Is IT for men only?

Is IT for men only?

Bill Gates, Turing, Von Neumann... it would be easy to believe that women are not made for IT. Or is this just the view of a male-dominated world, which upkeep women’s lack of interest in this science?...

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 magic solution for drought, or skip the Theory of...

National borders: the last bastions against globalisation

National borders: the last bastions against globalisation

In the supermarkets at least, it seems that borders no longer exist. Whether they come from Australia or the Mediterranean region, kiwis still cost the same and have the same kind of skin. For the consumer, there can be no doubt that globalisation has led to the disappearance of national borders....

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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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