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The species: who is closer to whom?

The species: who is closer to whom?

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We sometimes still learn at school that there is one class of “fish”, and we even sometimes hear that "Man descended from the monkey”. However, for almost thirty years now, scientists have been working on new classifications, according to which many of the traditional ways of organizing the species will no longer be valid. Do you know how to classify the mole correctly in relation to the elephant? Or Man in relation to the gorilla?...

An Ant 's life

An Ant 's life

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Ants are perhaps the commonest of insects, but they are certainly not the best known. They are direct descendants of the wasp and have no less than 12,000 species, spread across 300 different types!...

  • Published: Monday April 06, 2009
Polynesia : First Contact with the Western World

Polynesia : First Contact with the Western World

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They came to shore in Vanuatu, around 1000 BC. They were skilled sailors from South East Asia and were the first to have colonized Polynesia. Later, it seems that Europeans exploring the scope of the Pacific, failed to discover this part of the world, which was probably situated too much south of...

  • Published: Tuesday June 03, 2008
The Decoders, a Voyage in Mathematics

The Decoders, a Voyage in Mathematics

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They are frequent recipients of the most prestigious awards for their work in mathematics (the Fields Medal, the Crafoord prize...), and they have one thing in common: they are all contributors to a publication in which each describes, in their own, often poetic words, the universe of fundamental...

  • Published: Monday April 21, 2008
Reindeers, at the heart of Chukchee culture

Reindeers, at the heart of Chukchee culture

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In the vast Siberian territory, the Chukchees, Youkagirs, Evens, Koriaks, Nenets…have had to adapt to the drastic climatic conditions for thousands of years. They breed reindeer and horses, hunt sea mammals and fish. These Siberian inhabitants move from North to South and from East to West over a...

  • Published: Monday March 10, 2008
Japanese Floral watercolors from the Vilmorin herbarium

Japanese Floral watercolors from the Vilmorin herbarium

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"Roger de Vilmorin's Herbarium", which has been protected as a historical monument since 5th April 2006 (it is listed on the supplementary inventory of historical monuments), is currently being classified. It is a scientific herbarium, whose collection was carried out by the Vilmorin...

  • Published: Monday October 23, 2006
Mathematics and folding

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).

The new stem cell laboratory

The new stem cell laboratory

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The stem cell institute for the treatment and study of single-gene diseases (I-STEM) opens its doors in September 2007. Marc Peschanski, its director, explains the research that will be done there, and the distinctive features of this laboratory that works primarily with embryonic stem cells....

A journey with Pollen

A journey with Pollen

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Did you know that some pollen grains are shaped like small balloons so that they can be transported more easily by the wind, whilst others have little floats so that they can be carried away on the water? Take a journey with us through the incredible variety of pollen grains, which researchers are...

The wild animals of Paris

The wild animals of Paris

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Did you know that red foxes and stone martens can be found in seven “arrondissements” (districts) of Paris? Or that palmate newts can still be found in three arrondissements but that they are currently under threat due to the introduction of slider turtles from Florida? Or that the last peacock...

Philippe Bouveret, sculptures run by nature

Philippe Bouveret, sculptures run by nature

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In his workshop in Cousances, find out about the work of Philippe Bouveret, an artist that uses the forces of nature to create astonishing pieces. His raw material: the effects of physics, atmospheric pressure, temperature, gravity...The result: scultures run entirely by nature.

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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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