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What language does science speak? 2nd part

There is an old proverb that says “the apple does not fall far from the tree ”. Apparently it seems perfectly true: the product of something or someone is quite naturally similar to what generated it. As we observed in…

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What language does science speak?

Do you remember the game called “Chinese whispers”? All the participants had to stand in line and the game started with the first player whispering a word or a sentence in the ear of the person standing next to him.…

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Pollination, a perfect alliance between plants and animals

Firmly rooted in soil, over the course of their evolution plants have had to develop biological mechanisms for feeding and reproduction without moving, a characteristic that differentiates them from animals which on the contrary move around to procure food and…

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The Piltdown Man, or the most famous hoax ever

Flat Earth, toxic vaccines, alien invasions, chemtrails… Scientific hoaxes run rife on the web since social networks came into being. And yet they are not modern inventions, such hoaxes have always existed. One of the most famous hoaxes ever concerns…

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8 March. We remember Rosalind Franklin, the great female DNA scientist.

DNA was first isolated by Friedrich Miescher, a Swiss biochemist in 1869. It was a brilliant, but not complicated operation: DNA can be extracted from a mixture of any cells, even your own, even at home. The recipe for the…

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In search of the riders of icebergs

International Polar Bear Day, set up by Polar Bears International, a non-profit organisation, was held on 27 February. The aim of day is to increase awareness in all of us of the challenges that polar bears must face daily due…

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Urban aliens

When you take your dog out for a walk in the public gardens near your home or during a stroll through a park in your city, have you ever asked yourself which species the trees that surround you belong to?…

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Dwarfs and giants of the islands

Elephants have eyes that are small in proportion to the size of their heads: it is quite hard to locate their eye sockets at the sides of their skulls. On the contrary, their large nasal cavity right in centre of…

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Under the sign of the Bear

Thirty thousand years ago, on the walls of the Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave in Southern France, primitive artists painted woolly mammoths, rhinoceroses, lions, horses and bears. Extinct animals that still “live” on the rock and amaze us with the modern style…

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