We collectively failed to put in place sufficient economic incentives to initiate the necessary transformation of our transport. Despite some measures, this is not enough, and the point of no return is approaching.

The humanities become digital in labs and businesses, blurring a harmful barrier between human and social sciences, and so-called hard sciences.

Statisticians identify who, from Lennon or McCartney, is the composer of In My Life, applying to music data analysis techniques commonly used to assign a text to a person from different presumed authors.

The international Xenon project is the most sensitive experiment in the world devoted to hunting WIMPs. Buried under the Italian Gran Sasso mountain, Xenon1T has just completed a 278-day measurement campaign. While nothing was detected, it did refine the contours of this massive but-as-yet-unknown particle.

Life in the laboratory is what is now referred to as scientific integrity, while the role of the scientist in the world is the ethic of research.

Social robots are gaining in performance. However, they are still a long way from mastering all aspects of human interaction. At the Gipsa-lab in Grenoble, researchers teach them how to show their intentions by demonstrating them how to adjust their behaviour (gestures, speech, gaze) to the context and the person they are interacting with.

The taste determines a specific behavior. The goal of systems neuroscience is to understand how neural activity and circuits connecting brain neurons process sensory information and determine behavior.

The digitization of the city should not be an opportunity for a loss of control over policies. The city is, and must remain, primarily at the service of its citizens, who must better participate in decision-making to master the complexity of a modern city and its management.

Research in cognitive sciences is providing insights into the best ways of learning to read, write and count. The huge challenge however for the educational sciences remains bringing the results obtained in the laboratory into the classroom. This requires better coordination with teachers.

Despite the misdeeds of opacity, total transparency is harmful when people are being judged. Anonymity is also not desirable, one can not denounce without having to answer for its allegations. And confidentiality?

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La Recherche, founded in 1970, is a major source of science information in France for science-interested citizens, leading universities and research institutions. The site Researchinfrance.com publishes the English version of a series of articles about the most advanced achievements appearing in our printed French version.


November 11, 2018

November 11, 2018

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