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  • 21 December 2016
    The blob can learn - and teach !
    It isn't an animal, a plant, or a fungus. The slime mold (Physarum polycephalum) is a strange, creeping, bloblike organism made up of one giant cell. Though it has no brain, it can learn (...)
  • 21 December 2016
    Optical control of a neuroreceptor alleviates chronic pain
    Pain serves as a valuable warning signal, but when it becomes chronic, pain should be considered as a real disease. An international team including research scientists from the CNRS and (...)
  • 21 December 2016
    Light-induced vesicle explosions to mimic cellular reactions
    Cells are the site of a multitude of chemical reactions, the precision of which is envied by scientists. A team of researchers from the CNRS and Bordeaux INP have neared this level of control by (...)
  • 21 December 2016
    Materials : when defects turn into qualities
    Hybrid organic-inorganic materials, which were developed approximately twenty years ago – notably by Gérard Férey, laureate of the CNRS 2010 Gold Medal, and his team – are known firstly for their (...)
  • 19 December 2016
    Stretching time to improve extreme event prediction
    Stretching time scales to explore extreme events in nature seemed impossible, yet this feat is now conceivable thanks to a team from the Institut FEMTO-ST (CNRS/UFC/UTBM/ENSMM), which used an (...)


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